Most people don’t know much about their garage door openers, but if you own a garage — chances are you own an opener too. And since openers need replaced a lot more often than garage doors, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in the market for a new one eventually. Chances are you’ll have questions — as well you should. There are many factors to consider in choosing the right opener. We’re here to help. Here are answers to the most common garage door questions.
What Types of Openers are Available?
Garage doors that run with a trolley generally come in 2 options — chain drive and belt drive. Chain drive doors run on a continuous chain or combination of cable and chain. It looks a lot like a bike chain but does not operate in a circular pattern. Chain driven doors that are made entirely of chain instead of a cable/chain combination are of higher quality.
Belt driven doors use a rubber belt that’s reinforced with metal. The beauty of a belt driven door is it’s much more quieter. It’s ideal if you have a door near a living space such as a living room or bedroom.
Can I Install the Door Myself?
If you buy an opener that has a pretty basic installation and are somewhat handy with tools, you can probably figure it out. The main thing is securing the opener properly that the automatic safety reversal system and other components are working correctly. If you’re not sure or would just like the convenience of a professional, we’d be glad to help.
What does MyQ Tech Do?
MyQ works over your WiFi network to make smart technology available for the door. This way, you can have control for the door from anywhere you have your phone — even if you’re at work or on vacation. You can use the app on your laptop, phone or tablet.
Is backup power available?
Yes, and it’s a good idea. In fact, all newly installed garage doors in California will require battery backup after this summer. This way you can open your door even if the power goes out. The law was inspired by the recent wildfires in California.
Can I prevent someone from opening my door when I’m on vacation?
Many openers have a switch that prevents the door from being opened by remote. You can still access it form the wall panel if need be. Another approach is an old school method — simply unplug the door while you are out of town.
How much does a garage door opener cost?
Price can vary according to the make and model you buy, as well as if it has smart technology. A ½ hp opener of fairly decent quality can run anywhere from $300 to $400, if you do the installation yourself. Installation with a new opener usually costs about $100.