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How to Select the Best Garage Door Opener?

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

A garage door opener is a mechanical device that is installed to open and shut down the garage door with the help of a remote control, automatic sensor or a switch located on the wall. It has become an essential part of one's household equipment because the mechanism not only helps save time, but is also very convenient, especially during bad weather. There are many companies which offer different styles, accessories and battery back up systems along with installation and maintenance services. But there are a few guidelines you may consider to help you buy the best garage door opener.

You should first start by selecting what kind of drive you want to lift the garage door -- computer, belt, screw or chain. A chain drive is the least expensive option but it can also create a lot of noise, which can be a problem in the night. The rest of the choices are more expensive but they are quiet and cause less disturbance. Next, you need to select the horsepower, depending on whether the door is made of aluminium, wood or metal. Lightweight doors made of aluminium will need a garage door opener with 1/4 horsepower, while heavier ones require at least 1/2 horsepower.

Other important features that you should look for while selecting the best garage door opener are the warranty period, lighting options and what kind of remote control code it uses. It is better to have modulating codes as they can be changed from time to time that prevents anyone else from using the remote to open the garage door. You can also buy certain accessories with the main product, for example, a garage door opener which is programmed with your vehicle so that you don't have to get out of your car or carry a remote control with you all the time.

It is important to check whether your garage door opener has the necessary safety measures, like an external entrapment protection system, so that there are no chances of any accident in case it fails to function properly. Some examples are electric safety edge mounted on the bottom of the door and photoelectric eyes installed six inches above the ground. The opener exerts an enormous amount of pressure and hence it must have safety springs that stop the door and instead reverse it if it strikes a solid barrier. According to US federal law, a garage door opener rev or a revolution counter is compulsory, as it plays a crucial part in reversing the door. The garage door opener rev is faulty if it moves, stops and reverses back to the starting point.

With regular maintenance and care, you can make the device function efficiently for a long time. Follow the points mentioned in the instruction manual properly, contact the repair servicemen if any part is not working correctly and keep the remote or switch out of children's reach to prevent any untoward incident. The best garage door opener works in a smooth manner to facilitate getting in and out of the garage and contains all the anti-hazard features that help you make the optimal use of this convenient apparatus.

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