On a regular workday, you rely on your garage door opener at least twice a day — once when you’re heading for work and again when you return home. This device may find greater use on the weekends as you run errands, ferry the kids to their activities, or go on outings. So you owe it to yourself to find the best one for your needs. The following is what you should look for in a new garage door opener.
You don’t want a garage door to be clattering away when you or someone else in your family is trying to get some shut-eye. So listen to how quiet the opener sounds if a demo unit is available wherever you’re buying the unit.
Look for DC motors, which are quieter than AC ones, and belt drives that rely on reinforced steel rubber belts. Screw drives can be relatively quiet because it uses a threaded steel ride while transferring power directly from the motor without gear reduction. However, they’re typically more suited for heavy-duty use, such as on garage doors from eight to fourteen feet high. Avoid chain drives. They are inexpensive and last long with proper maintenance, but they are also the noisiest.
Remote controls allow multiple drivers to open your garage doors from the convenience of their cars. If you live in a neighborhood with numerous garage doors openers, their remotes may interfere with the operation of your own. To prevent that annoyance, look for a dual-frequency opener that automatically switches between two different settings to minimize interference.
For added safety, opt for an opener with rolling-code security, which is also known as code encryption. This feature chooses a new and non-repeating code from limitless possibilities whenever you use the remote. This randomness prevents a neighbor’s remote from accidentally opening your garage door and would-be burglars from deducing your code.
Garage door openers rely on household power to function, so if you suffer a blackout without electricity, your garage door will neither open nor close unless you detach it from the mechanism. Battery backup allows your opener to function even when the power is out. While useful, this option is rare and typically available only on expensive models.
Motors for garage door openers require different power outputs with1/2 horsepower being the recommended minimum for dual doors. Also available is a 1/3-HP version for single doors that are well-balanced. Over-sized and heavy doors, such as those made of wood, can use 3/4-HP motors. The larger the motor, the longer it lasts because it does not work as hard to move a given amount of weight.
There are two types of motors.
AC motors are heavier, bigger, and louder because they have more parts. They were once the standard for overhead doors.
DC motors have become the current standard because they are lighter and quieter while allowing more features.
Either motor can have a chain, belt, or screw drives. For more information on drive types or any other aspect of garage door openers, please contact us at American Garage Door today.