When your overhead garage door opener is cramping your work or storage space, wouldn't it be nice to mount that machine on the wall instead? Now you can. Replace the overhead ceiling unit with the LiftMaster 8500W or 8500 units that work on the wall instead. How do they work, and how do you benefit with the LiftMaster 8500 series? Keep reading to find out!
With enough wall space between the door rails and the side wall, you can install a LiftMaster 8500 opener. It attaches to the shaft that supports the torsion spring(s), so rather than operate the door using the overhead trolley system, you can tuck the opener out of the way and put that headroom to better use. The 8500 opener can lift up to 850-pound doors, so it also works well in commercial applications.
By eliminating long chains or belts, the jackshaft opening system remains whisper quiet. It's perfect if your home has bedrooms above or adjacent to the garage or if you just don't like all that rattle and roll of a traditional opener.
For homeowners who prefer to take advantage of remote activation technology, LiftMaster enables them to control their openers and some internal lights with MyQ. This wi-fi enabled gateway allows you to manipulate the door from your smartphone or computer. Wherever you have internet access, MyQ lets you remotely open the door for visitors or check to see if you remembered to close the door on the way out.
MyQ also connects to some of your lights inside the home so you can control them while on vacation or have them on for you when you arrive home. Just register your devices on the free MyQ app, configure your preferences and enjoy the peace of mind of total control of your door and lights from anywhere in the world where you have internet connectivity.
The main difference between the two models is one of them has integrated wi-fi control and battery back up. If remote connectivity isn't your thing, the LiftMaster 8500 will suffice. However, if you ever wish to upgrade to the MyQ system, the 8500 gains the same remote operability as the 8500W with the purchase and configuration of accessories. You can start out basic, but you have options to upgrade in the future with the 8500.
Otherwise, the 8500 comes with the following features:
- Soft start and stop — no jarring action
- Battery back-up capability, but you buy the battery separately
- Remote controls
- Wall-mount control panel
- MyQ with purchase of gateway accessory
- New code generation with each click so crooks capturing your signal can't operate your door
- Electronic limit/Auto-Force, for automatic adjustments according to the conditions affecting the door.
- Timer to close
- Three radio bands
- A 200-watt-equivalent, remote control light with motion detector
- A deadbolt lock so burglars can't force the door open
- Compatibility with LiftMaster's HomeLink® technology with purchase of accessories
- Safety stop
- Blinking lights and beeps when you're about to close the door remotely
- Lifetime motor warranty
- Five-year parts warranty
The LiftMaster 8500W product has all the features of the 8500 plus the following:
- Built-in wi-fi. No need for a separate connectivity device
- Built-in battery back-up
- Automatic deadbolt lock when the door closes
- Three-button remote control, backward compatible with all post-1993 LiftMaster openers
- Wall-mount smart control panel with an LCD display
The 8500 series wall-mounted door opener can solve your overhead space problem while offering all the conveniences of a top-rated smart home device. American Garage Door installs all LiftMaster models. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation and estimate. For more information on garage door openers, please see our other articles on this blog.