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Tips on Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener

Updated on October 8, 2016
Garage Door Opener
Garage Door Opener

Before buying a garage door opener, it is imperative that you check out some crucial things in regard to garage door openers. This will ensure that you get the best opener, with no problems and one that best suits your unique preferences as well as your needs. You should consider; horsepower, drive type, safety and security features, motor, quiet operation, warranty and remote control among others. The following are some tips that can help you choose the best garage door opener.

The first thing you need to do is to ensure that the door opener will handle the height and weight of the garage door. You should therefore consider a one half horsepower motor at the minimum and a three quarter horsepower for a heavy carriage door. The extra power guarantees you the ease of lifting of heavy doors and the door opener will not burn out fast due to its power model.

The second important thing you should always look out for is the type of drive. Chain drives are a noisy type since they use a metal-chain along a metal-trolley but are relatively inexpensive. These are very common and the least expensive drives. Screw drives utilize threaded steel-rod in lifting the door. Look out for the latest screw drive models that utilize a plastic lined track for the purpose of reducing noise with an increased agility. Belt-drives are regarded as the best drives in terms of noise performance. They are the quietest drives and definitely the most ideal choice.

Remote controls make getting into and out of the garage really easy and very convenient. You do not have to get out of the car then drive inside the garage and the shut the garage door. With a click of a button, using the remote, you can open and shut the garage door easily. With technology improving every day, there more available accessories with features such as wireless key-pads and key remotes will only continue to improve garage door openers. Therefore, consider having a garage door opener with a remote controller if it is your preference, otherwise, go for another unit or get all as accessories.

People are very sensitive to safety and security. The best garage door opener in the market utilizes safe and secure features such as; a security system that prevents unauthorized personnel, entry or burglary and in addition to this, a system that protects users from accidental closings and break-ins. Secure and safety systems provide quick release mechanisms, and allow for the door to disconnect from the garage door opener during entrapment. Before buying a garage door opener therefore, ensure it is tested for safety and security.

The most efficient garage door openers use Direct Current (DC) motors rather than Alternating Current (AC) motors. DC motors require less electric power and speed can be controlled easily, allowing a simple drive mechanism that is reliable and less noisy. For some cases however, some openers that utilize AC motors allow for a soft-start and stop. The door closes slowly at first, reaches its full speed and slows down before touching the floor. Generally, DC motors use less power compared to AC motors and delivers higher torque in a small size package.

Do a good research to get the best garage door opener. Consider your preferences as well as your budget.

Top 3 Garage Door Openers

Chamberlain B730/WD962 Garage Door Opener Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive, 3/4 HPS with Battery Backup
Chamberlain B730/WD962 Garage Door Opener Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive, 3/4 HPS with Battery Backup

The Chamberlain WD962KEV Whisper Drive garage door opener features a built-in battery backup system that gives you full access to your garage when the electricity is out. You can set a timer to automatically close your garage door after one minute, five minutes, or 10 minutes in case you forget. The opener is equipped with a 3/4 horsepower motor along with safety features to deter burglars.

 
Chamberlain WD832KEV Garage Door Opener, ½ HP, Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive Operation, MyQ Smartphone Control Enabled (Internet Gateway Sold Separately), Includes 2-3 Button Remotes, Keyless Entry Keypad, Multi-Function Wall Control Panel
Chamberlain WD832KEV Garage Door Opener, ½ HP, Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive Operation, MyQ Smartphone Control Enabled (Internet Gateway Sold Separately), Includes 2-3 Button Remotes, Keyless Entry Keypad, Multi-Function Wall Control Panel

The Chamberlain WD832KEV Whisper Drive Ultra-Quiet & Strong 1/2 HP Belt Drive garage door opener is the ultimate blend of power and quiet. It features the exclusive Motor Vibration Isolation System (MVIS) – which eliminates power head vibration for reduced noise – making it the ideal choice if you have rooms positioned above the garage. As added convenience features the opener has a timer-to-close function that will automatically close the garage door in case you forget, and MyQ technology that allows your garage door opener to automatically control interior and/or exterior lights (with purchase of additional MyQ accessories) so you will never come home to a dark house again.

 
SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001 3/4 HP Garage Door Opener
SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001 3/4 HP Garage Door Opener

The Direct Drive 1042V001 3/4 HP garage door opener is the only one of its kind to offer Europe's leading innovative technology. Unlike conventional garage door openers that use a noisy chain, belt or screw, the Direct Drive has only one moving part. The motor glides silently along the chain which is embedded in a sturdy steel rail. It is perfect for homes with living spaces above the garage. The Direct Drive features very smooth operation with soft start and stop technology. Because the motor is located at the door instead of the back of the opener it maximizes the power. There is no gear damage like with conventional garage door openers.

 

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