Garage Door Opener Buying Guide

Several types of garage door openers exist today. Each with their own share of pros and cons. Choosing between them can frustrate the best of us. Prevent buying paralysis by using this garage door opener buying guide to make an informed decision.

Basic Components

Motor: There are two types of motors you can choose from: alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). While AC is the most common, DC motors offer softer starting and stopping, which translates to quieter operation. They both use standard 120v outlets to help raise and lower the door each time a button is pressed.

Lifting Power: When buying a garage door opener, choose a ½ horsepower (HP) for standard doors, or ¾ HP for frequently used or insulated doors. 1 HP and up is recommended for heavier doors such as wood. Keep in mind, however, that higher HP ratings will put less strain on the motor.

Drive Mechanisms: There are three main types of garage door openers: chain, belt, and screw. Belt drives provide quiet, smooth, reliable performance. They are also easy to maintain. This is the opener to get if there is occupied space above the garage. Chain and screw drive openers are often noisier than a belt drive.

Must Have Features

Internet Connectivity: Wi-Fi enabled openers provide peace of mind. They allow you to monitor and control the door from anywhere. To get started, you need to connect the opener to your home Wi-Fi network, and then download a compatible app to your smartphone or tablet. Web access is also available.

Battery Backups: In the event of a power outage, openers with a fully charged battery backup will ensure uninterrupted power for 24 hours or 20 full cycles, whichever comes first. These openers are recommended in areas prone to power failures. LiftMaster® offers chain and belt drive openers with battery backup systems.

Can I Self-Install a Garage Door Opener?

A professional can install your new garage door opener in less time than it would take you. They can also ensure safe and proper functionality. Dynamic Door Tulsa has certified installers readily available to assist you with the installation of your new garage door opener. We can even provide same-day service.