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Garage Door Openers

Three million garage door openers are purchased annually. This is not hard to believe when you consider the ease and time-saving convenience of pushing a button from the comfort of your driver's seat, as opposed to getting out of the car to manually open and close that hefty garage door.

Which Garage Door Opener Is Right for You?

When choosing your garage door opener, you have three basic options from which to pick:

1. Chain Drive Mechanism Garage Door Openers

Though the most affordably priced, is also the noisiest of the three openers because it uses a metal chain along a metal trolley in order to move the garage door.

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2. Screw Drive Mechanisms Garage Door Openers

These are moderately priced, is generally the slowest-moving of the three openers, lifting the garage door with the help of a threaded steel rod. The latest screw drive models feature a plastic-lined track which increases opening speed while reducing the noise level associated with metal-to-metal contact.

3. Belt Drive Mechanisms Garage Door Openers

These are the most expensive, is also the quietest, as their flexible rubber belts dampen vibrations and completely eliminate the noise associated with the less expensive drivers on the market.

Garage Door Openers: Safety Features and Other Options

In addition to deciding which type of drive mechanism you want, safety must also be taken into account when selecting a garage door opener. For instance, many openers come with an automatic reverse feature which reverses the door if it touches something, such as a child playing underneath.

Once you've zeroed in on your pick of garage door openers, make sure your package includes two remotes. This is the general standard. You may also want to ask about a wireless outdoor keypad, which comes in handy in the event that you forget your remote or its battery dies.

Installing Your Own Garage Door Opener

While you can certainly find a number of contractors who are willing and able to install your new garage door opener for you, the following tips are designed to help the do-it-yourselfer get the job done quickly and easily without having to spend extra money.

  1. Secure the rail to the garage wall above the center of your door.
  2. Use the supplied mounting straps in order to attach the unit motor to the garage framing overhead. You want to make sure that it's centered between the garage door tracks.
  3. Secure the opener's connecting arm to a bracket attached to your door.
  4. Run wires from the unit motor to the wall-mounted control switch.
  5. Plug the motor into the nearest outlet.

It is important to remember that installation instructions can vary according to which type of garage door opener you buy and whether or not it comes equipped with additional features. Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before attempting any self-installation project.