When it’s time to replace your garage door opener, you may be surprised at the variety you face and the number of options you have to choose from. Although the seemingly easy task of finding the right garage door opener may seem easy, once you begin the search it can quickly turn daunting. To narrow your options and help you find the right option for your personal or family lifestyle, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Type of Drive
There are 3 different types of drive, including chain, belt and screw. Chain-drive openers are popular, the oldest style available and cost effective, but, they can be noisy. Belt-drive openers are similar to chain-drive, but because they’re made with a rubber belt, they’re much quieter. These types of openers are also a bit more expensive than others. Screw-drive openers have few moving parts and little maintenance requirements. These openers are arguably the easiest to install if you’re looking to do a project yourself.
In general, the heavier the door, the more horsepower you’ll need in a garage door opener. Two-car garage doors require ½ horsepower and carriage doors may need ¾ horsepower. A good tip is to always err on the side of more power, since the price difference isn’t significant.
A standard garage door opener will accommodate to doors up to 7’6” tall, with the average garage door measuring in at 7’. If you have a garage door taller than this, you may need to get an extension kit.
Garage door openers have a safety mechanism that prevents the door from closing on any object passing underneath it while closing. This feature reverses a closing door and prevents injury of people, pets or cars are trying to pass under a closing garage door.
- Security Features– Protect your home from robbery with a garage door opener that has a rolling code. This is a common feature that makes it difficult for burglars to access the code that can open your door.
- Lights– Lights automatically turn on when opening or closing a garage door. Make sure this light is change and checked regularly – standard need two 60-watt bulbs, but may be able to handle two 100-watt bulbs.
- Battery Backup– Although this isn’t a standard feature for all garage doors, it may be something you want to consider. When your electricity is knocked out by a storm or other reasons, the battery backup will kick on and allow you to use your garage door opener. Without this feature, you could potentially be locked out of your own home.
- Keyless Entry Pad– A keyless entry pad is a great option if you lock yourself out of the house, and gives you the ability to leave the house without a key. These keypads are installed outside the garage and your garage door opener can be triggered with a code, or in newer versions, a fingerprint.
- Remote Control– Standard garage door openers come with two remote controls. Some are simple and only open and close the door, while others can operate more than one door at a time.
- Wall Controls– This feature is a standard feature for all garage door openers. It is used to open and close your garage door and is able to turn on or off your garage light.
3-Step Safety Check
Some garage doors lack updated safety features or may not be operating correctly. By performing this 3-step safety check, you’re ensuring that your garage door is as safe as it can be.
- Check the sides of your garage door to find “photo eyes,” which are the sensors mounted to the wall that prevents you or a loved one from getting hurt while passing under the door while it’s closing. They should be mounted no higher than 6 inches off the ground.
- Block the photo eye with your hand or other object over 6 inches tall and close your garage door. The door should not close, and if it does, contact a professional at Eastern Overhead Doors (Oshawa) Ltd. immediately.
- Lay an object on the ground that is at least 1.5 inches tall, in front of your garage door photo eyes. Close your garage and see if the door reverses. Again, if it does close, contact a professional for a repair.