garage door opener faq's

some helpful information on garage doors openers!

Can I connect my old garage door opener on my new door?
Just about any opener can be connected to your new garage door.

What is the difference between belt and chain drive garage door openers?
Belt drive—quiet and smooth performance. Ideal for garages adjacent to living areas.

Chain Drive—rugged and reliable. Suitable for most garage doors.

DC motor operates with variable speed for soft start and stop, smooth operation and less wear and tear on your garage door.

Should I purchase a new garage door opener or repair my old one?
Many garage door openers can be repaired and may be a less expensive option. However, there are times when opener replacement is recommended. According to LiftMaster, one of the leading manufacturers of garage doors openers, all garage door openers manufactured prior to 1993 should be replaced, rather than fixed. This is to ensure the highest degree of customer safety and satisfaction. Many garage door openers prior to 1993 are not equipped with infrared sensors or other external entrapment protections devices and do not meet today's standards for garage door opener safety.

What safety features are important in a garage door opener?
Your garage door is the largest, and probably, the heaviest moving object in your home. So the safety features of the device that lifts and closes the door are all-important.

For the opener to work, certain safety devices must be installed. This is true regardless of the type, size or brand of opener you choose. These safety devices are built into the garage door system to prevent the door from closing when an obstruction is in the door's path. Most openers auto-reverse the door when an infrared beam detects any obstruction in the door's path. The Canadian government mandated the use of non-contact safety protections on all residential, motor-operated garage doors in 1993. Other safety features are:

Rolling-code technology selects a new, non-repeating access code from among billions of possibilities every time the remote control is operated.

A keypad outside the garage allows entry via a programmable code. If this feature doesn't come standard with the unit you choose, it can be added as an option.

Many units have a simple doorbell-style button for opening and closing the door. Others have a more complex control panel with keypad programming and vacation lock to prevent the door from being opened while you're away.

Most openers include a light, which should stay on for a few minutes after the unit is activated to allow time to get into the house.

Battery Backup feature that continues to operate the garage door opener even when the power is out, helping residents, homeowners and property managers through unforeseen, inconvenient outages. These units often supply power for up to two days, so even after 24 hours of standby time (i.e., full-day power outage), garage door opener will still perform up to 20 full "up and down" cycles.

What's the average lifespan of a garage door opener?
Average lifespans of 10 - 15 years can be expected, although there are operators out there which last as little as 5 years yet as long as 25 years or more. If your operator is getting old, consider replacing it with an up-to-date machine with all the latest safety features.