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How Often Should I Replace My Garage Door Opener?

Like most mechanical objects, a garage door opener will eventually wear out and have to be replaced, yet how often a garage door opener should be replaced is something that seldom crosses most homeowners’ minds. This is especially true for new homeowners or people who’ve only owned their homes for a couple of years, despite a garage door opener being a crucial part of many garage door systems.

Most homeowners tend to replace their garage door opener as it ages or becomes damaged beyond repair. And while that’s perfectly fine, replacing or repairing your worn-out garage door opener often comes with the inconvenience of having to open and close your garage door manually for a few days or, in extreme cases, a broken garage door opener can leave your house vulnerable to opportunistic criminals.

Replacing your garage door opener before it wears out comes with several benefits but, ultimately, how often you replace it is entirely up to you. Nevertheless, it’s worth considering a couple of reasons to invest in a replacement garage door opener early. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known reasons behind regularly replacing your garage door opener.

Age

The average garage door opener should last you around 15-20 years, give or take, but this all depends on things like how often it’s used, how frequently it’s maintained, and how much stress it’s under. An out of balance garage door can wear out the gears in an opener within months so it’s important to be sure your garage door and electric door opener are regularly serviced.  Regardless of how well you think your garage door opener may be working, you’ll probably want to consider retiring it as it nears its 20th birthday.

Security

A working garage door opener isn’t necessarily a secure garage door opener, and this is especially true for older models. The older a garage door opener is, the older the technology behind it is and, as time goes by and technology continues to progress, criminals are finding quicker and easier ways to hack into or bypass older garage door openers. Openers manufactured before 2001 are particularly vulnerable to break-ins. Regularly replacing your garage door opener with one that incorporates the latest and best security technology is a surefire way to ensure your garage and home stay safe.

Convenience

With the rapid development of smart home technology, updating or replacing your garage door opener for the latest model simply because of the added convenience is often a good enough reason to invest in a new opener. As mentioned in our previous post, modern garage door openers come equipped with a myriad of features, from added security to never losing your remote again, all designed to make your life easier.

If you’re looking to replace your worn garage door opener or upgrade to the latest smart garage door opener, The Door House has you covered. As a family-owned and run business for over two decades, we’re confident we can meet and exceed all our customers’ expectations when it comes to garage door opener repairs or replacement.  Call us today at 403.543.6900 or email us at sales@door-house.com to find out more.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Garage Door Opener

Technology has advanced to the point where we can control everything from our lights to our locks through our smartphones, so why not add garage doors to the list? Like most other smart appliances, smart garage door openers connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network and transform your regular old garage door into a futuristic device that can be controlled from your phone.

Smart garage door openers come with an array of features that can benefit you in ways you’d have never thought possible. But are they worth it? Check out our top four reasons to invest in a smart garage door opener.

Remote Operation

How many times have you had to leave work in the middle of the day because your kids or family members accidentally locked themselves out? One of the most obvious benefits of installing a smart garage door opener is the ability to control your garage door from anywhere in the world. With a smart garage door opener, you’re fully in control — all it takes is a couple of seconds and you can open the door for them get back to going about your day.

Increased Security

While installing a high-quality garage door is already a great step to prevent a garage break-in, a smart garage door opener can add an extra degree of security to your home. Not only do most smart garage door apps keep a log of every time your garage door is opened or closed, but they can also be set up to alert you to activity at certain times, such as when you’re away at work or on vacation.

You’ll Never Forget to Close Your Garage Door Again

Unfortunately, forgetting to close your garage door isn’t exactly uncommon. Whether it involves complex sensors, automatic closing, alerting you when your door has been left open too long, or simply the ability to check whether your garage door is open or closed, most Wi-Fi garage door openers come with features that make forgetting to close your garage door a thing of the past.

Worrying About Your Remote Becomes a Thing of the Past

The fact that most of us keep our smartphones nearby practically all day can certainly have its advantages.  Luckily, most of us know where our smartphone is at all times, so you’ll never have to fumble for that remote again.

Enjoy All These Benefits and More with a Smart Garage Door Opener

Looking to add a new level of convenience to your daily life? Check out our range of smart garage door openers if you’re looking to upgrade your existing system to a state-of-the-art setup or call us at 403-543-6900 and start reaping the benefits today.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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Teach Your Children How to Safely Use Garage Doors

While convenient, garage doors can be dangerous, which is why garage door safety should be a priority in family homes where young children are present. As an example, garage door springs are constantly under huge amounts of tension, which while necessary to their operation, can be a risk to any curious kids around. For this reason, it’s important that children are aware of basic garage door safety from an early age.

Below are a few tips to ensure that your little ones are aware of any potential safety risks garage doors pose, as well as how to avoid them.

Show Kids How Your Garage Door Works

Children are naturally curious, so one of the best ways to teach them about garage door safety is by simply showing them how your garage door works. It’s a good idea to show them the garage door in action  and gently inform them of the risks garage doors pose and how it’s not a good idea to play with or around garage doors, no matter whether they’re open or closed. More on this in the next section.

Point Out and Explain the Risks

Sometimes, simply showing a child how a garage door works might not be enough to convince them of the potential risks. It’s worth pointing out that garage doors are extremely heavy and that it can injure people – even adults if not used properly. Remember not to scare them though!

Make sure your kids are aware of how important it is not to touch or play with the garage door. Be sure to remind kids that, as fun as it may sound, it’s absolutely not safe to “race” a descending garage door, regardless of how slowly it’s moving.  It is also not safe to hang onto a moving garage door or try to “ride it” up or down. Last but not least, let young children know that operating garage doors is best left to the adults.  Speaking of adults, never operate your garage door unless you can see the door and know there is nothing in the way and it is safe to do so.

Garage door safety is one of the most important factors for any parent or grandparent living with kids. By simply going over the above with your children you’re proactively preventing any accidents and ensuring that your home remains a safe environment. If you’re interested in learning more about garage door safety or want to guarantee that your garage door is safe and its safety features are working properly, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to lend a helping hand.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
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5 Tips to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

Securing garage doors is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of home security.  By not properly securing your garage door, you’re potentially jeopardizing your home’s security and presenting criminals with an entry point into your home. At the Door House, we care about our customers and place a great deal of emphasis on garage door security, which is why we’ve compiled a list of handy ways to help you prevent garage break-ins.

Preventing Entry Into Your Garage

Some door openers now come with tamper-proof emergency releases.  In the event that a would-be burglar tries to use a wire to hook onto the rope to pull the emergency release, a tamper-proof trolley is designed to prevent release.  Some opener models have optional automatic deadbolt locks that can be added at an additional cost.  For maximum protection, consider installing a garage door opener that features a programmable timer set to close your garage door after a pre-determined amount of time if it is accidentally left open.

Don’t Leave Your Remote in Your Car

If you use an automatic garage door opener equipped with remote entry capabilities, keeping your garage door remote in your car might seem like an ideal solution for easy access. However, bear in mind that if someone breaks into your car and steals your remote, they’ll have access to your garage and possibly even your entire home. An easy and safer alternative to keeping your garage door remote in your car is to simply attach it to your keyring, that way it’s with you at all times.

Treat your Garage Door as You Would Your Front Door

Just like you’d want your home’s front door to be built out of a strong and sturdy material, you should ensure your garage door is equally as strong to deter potential intruders. Even something as simple as high-quality insulation can add an extra layer of security, making it harder for burglars to break through your garage door. If your garage has windows, consider opting for frosted glass or covering them in a layer of frosted film to deter possible thieves since they’re less likely to make the effort to break into a garage they can’t peek into.

Install Home Security Systems

Home security systems can be extended to protect your garage and are without a doubt the best way to discourage thieves from even thinking about breaking into your home. Some garage door openers, like our Atoms Pro ATR-2712 have the option of enabling Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to control your garage door remotely using your computer or smartphone.  You can even set it to alert you if your door opens while you are away from home.

At the Door House, we have over 20 years of experience helping our valued customers with all their garage door and garage door opener needs – and that includes keeping their garages safe. Get in touch today for more advice or information on the best ways to prevent garage break-ins.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
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Advantages of Garage Door Keypads

Just like our cars, most modern garage doors have gone the keyless entry route. Many modern garage doors feature small, simple keypads which allow homeowners full access to their garages without having to carry a separate, external garage door remote. Like most things in life, keyless garage doors and garage door keypads come with their own distinct advantages:

• Convenience. The biggest advantage of keyless garage doors is their most obvious feature. By using a user-defined code, keyless garage doors do away with the need to carry around an extra set of keys or a remote. Wouldn’t you rather punch in a code than carry a remote or set of keys every time you left the house?

• Never get locked out. While you can forget your garage door code, you can’t lose it. Since there’s no need to carry anything with you, installing a garage door keypad can save you a lot of trouble, especially if you’re one of those people who constantly loses their keys!

• Access for the whole family. Rather than spend your hard-earned cash on extra sets of keys or garage door remotes, simply share the code to your garage door with the rest of your family. This is a great feature for busy families with different schedules where people are coming and going throughout the day.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding keyless garage doors or garage door keypads, feel free to contact us today. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals is happy to help answer any questions you may have and alleviate your concerns.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
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Signs It Might Be Time For a New Garage Door Opener

Being that they’re fairly simple and reliable devices, many homeowners tend to disregard their importance. With new models being released on a yearly basis offering increased convenience, safety and security among other features, it might be worth considering a new garage door opener. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of a few reasons as to why you may want to consider a newer model, even if your current garage door opener is still working fine.

Energy Efficiency

Many modern garage door openers are designed to operate using less power – especially those with Direct Current motors.  Often these openers are also designed to go into sleep mode after a few minutes to drop the energy draw way down.  Some even have built-in LED lighting which is more efficient and will last the lifetime of the opener.  No more changing burned out light bulbs.

Increased Safety

Garage door openers manufactured after 1993 are required by law to be equipped with a reversal mechanism, for added safety. This safety feature makes use of two sensors that transmit an invisible beam of light to one another. If something obstructs this beam while the opener is in operation, the door will immediately stop closing and reverse its current path.  A new garage door opener is highly recommended if your current one lacks this key safety feature.

Increased Security

Since older garage door openers worked using fixed codes, anyone with a similar or specialized remote control could open someone else’s garage door. Considering most garages have access to the rest of the house, this flaw poses a significant security threat. To counter this, new garage door openers make use of “rolling codes” which change the communication code used between your remote and the opener every time the garage door is remotely operated, selecting from over 100 billion possible codes each time. If you’re currently using a fixed code door opener, the increased security alone might make upgrading to a new garage door opener worth the money invested.

Old Openers Are Often Noisy (So are cheap new openers)

Traditional garage door openers utilize a chain drive system and AC (alternating current) motors. Even when properly maintained and service these openers can still cause quite a racket. Thanks to advances in technology, newer openers are available with DC (direct current) motors that operate way quieter.  The difference in noise produced can be substantial and this alone is often what prompts people to upgrade their opener.  Some are belt driven which also helps to make them a little quieter.

New Technology For Our Connected World

Many newer openers have built-in wifi which allows the opener to connect to your internet router.  Once connected you can download a free app for your phone or tablet that will allow you to operate or monitor your door from anywhere in the world you have an internet connection.  This can be handy to let in a friend or service person.  These openers can also be incorporated with many home automation/security systems that have become very popular in the last decade.

Backup Power Supply

Another drawback of garage door openers of the past was their inability to operate during power outages. This could be a minor or a major problem depending on what your current situation with alternate parking availability is. More modern garage door openers can now be equipped with backup batteries/power supplies which will automatically detect a power outage and allow your garage door opener to continue functioning as normal.

If you’ve decided to upgrade your current garage door opener, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our range of garage door openers. If you’re unsure on which unit best fits your needs or need some additional advice, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include:

Repair or Replace a Garage Door Opener?

It goes without saying that everything we use on a daily basis is subject to wear and tear, and garage door openers are no exception. Eventually, our ever faithful garage door opener will succumb to its ailments and leave us having to face the decision of whether to repair or replace the entire unit. Thankfully, if you have a fairly modern unit that’s been kept in good condition, a simple repair would usually suffice but it’s still worth digging a little deeper to explore all your options. For example, if the same problem has occurred in the past:  you might want to consider installing a newer, more reliable garage door opener. Or perhaps the unit is fairly new: this might indicate a low quality or poorly maintained garage door opener. In any case, it’s worth taking the following into consideration before deciding on your best course of action.

How Old is Your Opener?

The first thing you should be considering when deciding whether to repair or replace your garage door opener is its age.  Manufacturers say the average life expectancy of an opener is 15-20 years.  Since new openers are inexpensive, if the unit is over ten years old then it might not be worth repairing and it may just be time for an upgrade. If it’s newer, then it’s more likely a repair will be worth it.  In either case, it’s advisable to consult a professional garage door opener technician to help you determine the best course of action; this could end up saving you time and money in the long run.  A simple phone call to a knowledgeable technician describing the symptoms you are experiencing should be enough for him to give you a fairly good idea of the likely cost to repair or replace your opener.

How Much Will it Cost?

When comparing the cost involved between a repair or an upgrade, you may also want to consider some of the benefits newer openers offer.  For many, the biggest upgrade is that many of the new openers are very quiet – especially the belt drive units with DC (direct current) motors.  It often doesn’t cost much more to upgrade to one of these quiet units.  Some even come with wifi built-in so you can operate your door with your smartphone from anywhere you have a connection.  f you’d like to enjoy a more modern and accessible technology like remote operation, then an upgrade might be a better option.

Personal Choices

At the end of the day, deciding whether to repair a garage door opener or replace the unit as a whole boils down to personal choice and budget. What you might have thought to be a major issue could be a simple inexpensive repair. In the same way what you may have thought was a simple fix could actually end up costing almost the same as replacing the entire opener. As mentioned above, getting in touch a trained garage door opener repair technician is highly advisable. At The Door House, our team of experts is happy to guide you through the choices and even advise you on the best steps to take to avoid a repeat scenario in the future. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include:

How to choose the right electric garage door opener?

Which door opener is the right one for your home? The answer to that question will vary for each home and the best way to find out is by answering a few basic questions:

Should I buy ½ hp or ¾ hp motor?

The size and weight of the door will determine how powerful the opener needs to be. While a single door really only requires a 1/3 h.p. motor, few companies even stock them anymore. A ½ h.p. opener will handle almost any double door, but if you have a high end heavier double garage door a ¾ h.p. opener might be better for you. You will also need to know how tall your door is. 7’ and 8’ heights are both common, while some custom doors can be much taller.

Chain, Belt or screw drive?

Chain drive openers
Chain drive openers are the least expensive and most commonly purchased models. The main benefits to a belt drive model is that it will be quieter and will likely have a longer warranty. Screw drive models often do not perform well in cold temperatures, so most door companies don’t stock them in Canada. If you want to free up ceiling space, side mount openers are also available that mount on the wall beside the door. They are more expensive but are very quiet and can often be installed in situations where normal opener installation is impossible.

 

AC or DC motor?

While AC (alternating current) motors have been the standard for many years, in the past 10 years most manufacturers have gone to DC (direct current) motors in their higher-end models. The main reason for this is that DC motors are much, much quieter than AC motors. Since most of the noise produced by door openers comes from the motor, going to a DC motor will make the biggest difference in how quiet your opener will be. Going to a belt drive instead of a chain drive will make a little difference, but the big payoff in quietness comes in going to a DC motor. So if the small price difference isn’t a concern, DC motors are the way to go.

Should I buy from a Professional Door Dealer or a Home Improvement Store?

The answer to this question usually lies in who will be installing it. If you have the skills and are willing to put in the time (about 3 hours for most people), you can usually save yourself around $100 to $150.00. If you will be paying the store or someone else to install it anyway, you’re usually way better off to purchase it through a professional door company with installation included. You will end up at a similar price but the professional grade models they carry are better quality and tend to be less problem prone. One of the major differences is that the 10’ to 12’ long rail is broken down into short pieces that need to be assembled together in the retail store models so it can fit into a small box you can bring home in your car. Professional grade models have a much more solid 1 piece rail system with no joints for the slide mechanism to catch on if the rail joints go out of alignment.

What features are available that I might like?

Here’s a short list the features available on different openers. If a feature is important to you look for a model that has it.

AC motor (cheaper) – DC motor (much quieter)
Chain drive (cheaper) – Belt Drive (a little quieter)
Battery back-up – keeps door operational during power outages so you don’t have to manually lift the door
Wifi – allows you to download an app to your smartphone or tablet to control your door from anywhere in the world you have wifi
Motion sensing wall control – turns the lights on when it senses motion, so you never have to enter a dark garage
Timer to Close – automatically closes the door if you forget after the time delay you select.
Warranty – can vary from 4 years to lifetime on the motor and from 1 to 5 years on other parts

We hope this article has helped you better understand what you would like. If not, don’t worry! Your local professional door company would be happy to help you figure out which model is best for you.

If you are in Calgary, Canada, you can see all the garage opener models we carry (and installed pricing) here.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

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Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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