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Opening your garage door opens many possibilities. What was once just a humble storage area for your car is now a workshop, a play area and even an extra place to hang out with your friends and family. We might give others access to our garage even if we aren’t ready to trust them with a key to the house. We expect nearly every device within our home to have some sort of internet connectivity to enhance the experience. So how we open our garage doors is radically different than it once was. Winding Springs On A Garage Door

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Fundamentally, a garage door opener is still just an electric motor that will, in conjunction with springs and other mechanisms, lift and lower your garage door on command. We evaluate garage door openers on the attributes that have long been important: quiet operation, lifting capacity, durability and user-friendly design. But as these openers have evolved, they’ve added so many security and connectivity features that we can’t help but consider how these new features make one garage door opener more appealing than others.

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The Liftmaster 8500W has long been our benchmark for garage door openers. It’s one of the strongest, user-friendly models available, but it is one of the most expensive. The Liftmaster 8500W is basically loaded with every option you can imagine. This is a wall-mounted torsion spring garage door opener (see FAQ) that frees up valuable overhead space. It’s very quiet, with a soft open and soft close feature to reduce the jarring sound that a door makes when starting to move. It has plenty of power to lift the heaviest of doors, and gives deadbolt locking every time the door is closed for extreme security. Further, it has battery backup to open the garage during a power outage, and simple smartphone controls, including Amazon Key deliveries.

A belt-drive garage door opener uses a reinforced rubber belt to move the garage door up and down, rather than a metal chain. This belt is much, much quieter than the chain. This Genie Stealth 2055 Essentials is a low-frills belt-drive opener priced under $300, which means it doesn’t come with the convenience features (like Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant) found in higher-end products—which are available in a Genie StealthDrive connect model for about $50 more.

Sometimes, you don’t need a bunch of security and convenience features. You just want to be able to push a button to open or close your garage door. This entry-level Skylink ATOMS ATR-1611C opener is a great choice for under $200. With a half-horsepower motor (with soft starting for quiet operation) and an LED light that should last for years without replacement, it’s packed with all the features you need. As delivered, it can handle the standard 7-foot tall garage door, while optional extension kits allow the use of 7- or 10-foot tall doors. A backup battery to allow opening during a power outage is optionally available.

Best Opener With Integrated Camera

Best Opener With Integrated Camera

We have cameras everywhere in and around our houses, from our doorbells to baby monitors. Why not protect our garage and everything within? The Chamberlain B4643T is a new generation of smart garage door opener with a built-in wide-angle lens that feeds a video to the free myQ app, giving alerts of motion detection. Ths B4643T has improved Wi-Fi connection from previous generations, and it now has Amazon Key for package deliveries. The belt drive system gives quieter operation than chain drive openers.

Best Upgrade For Existing Openers

Best Upgrade For Existing Openers

Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Control

In many cases, the garage door opener you already have is perfectly adequate to do the job, but you’d like to add modern security and convenience features. The Chamberlain myQ is a wireless hub to control your garage door opener with a smartphone app. This newest version of the myQ (myQ-G0401-ES) is less expensive than previous versions, and gives you real-time alerts if the door is opened or closed via the no-cost myQ app. It’s even compatible with Amazon Key for secure in-garage deliveries, saving you from porch pirates. It’s easy to add to most existing openers for a fraction of the cost of a new opener.

Garage door openers used to be fairly simple and not all that different from one another, but this is the 21st century and the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). Today’s openers are quieter and more modern than ones installed 30 years ago, and they can do a whole lot more from communicating with your smartphone, monitoring your home and garage to interfacing with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

The fundamentals are still the same: These products will open and lower your hefty garage door thousands of times over the years, so our primary evaluation metrics center on the attributes that are most important: quiet operation, lifting capacity, power to operate heavy or double doors, material construction, noise levels, durability and user-friendly design. But we also look at the extra features many of these products now offer, including levels of security and connectivity.

For our initial studies, the LiftMaster 8500W was extensively tested and served as a benchmark for comparison. It’s one of the most comprehensively equipped and strongest units on sale, but also one of the most expensive.

Through testing and research, we evaluate all electronic Garage Door Openers (but not old-style inertia sensors) on these weighted metrics:

When considering either a chain- or belt-driven garage door opener, the two biggest factors to consider are the cost and the noise. While chain-driven openers are typically less expensive, they do tend to generate more noise than belt-driven openers. However, while belt openers are quieter, they cost more and may require more maintenance, as the rubber belts won’t last as long as the metal chains. However, both types of openers tend to be quieter than in years past, as most models (even from the least-expensive brands) have transitioned to DC motors, which run smoother and quieter, while giving even more power than the traditional AC motors.

It’s a little-known fact that a garage door opener doesn’t do most of the work in opening a garage door. Indeed, the garage door is counterbalanced by a spring of some sort, using the potential energy stored within the windings of either an extension spring or a torsion spring to do most of the heavy lifting. The garage door opener simply gets the spring moving.

Extension springs run in the same direction as the rails of the door. A torsion spring, on the other hand, mounts above the door in a space-saving metal tube. These powerful springs store the energy when the door is moved downward, and releases the energy to lift the door up.

A torsion spring garage door opener—also known as a jackshaft opener—is mounted to the side of the garage door, directly to one end of the torsion spring. These openers free up overhead space in the garage, since there is no opener sitting directly above where you might be working or trying to store last year’s holiday decorations.

Remember that the garage door opener isn’t the only part of the system that is moving within the garage. There are a number of moving parts, all of which could be causing the vibrations and rattles. The roller wheels on the rails of the door itself are often noisy, and need lubrication—or you could replace them with plastic or nylon wheels to cut down on noise. Some of these replacement wheels have ball bearings to ride more smoothly.

Your door tracks could be warped, causing the door to bind up when in motion. Ensure that the tracks are straight. Also, when the opener is installed, ensure that it is installed directly in the center of the garage door at a perfect 90-degree angle to the door. Any misalignment here can cause more noise and rattles. A call to a local garage door installer can help fix these issues.

A garage door is heavy, and when paired with the springs that help you lift the door, it’s a powerful device. When garage door openers first were developed, some tragic accidents led to the requirement of a number of safety devices. Initially, the openers had impact sensors to automatically reverse if the door encountered resistance when closing. Later safety devices included safety sensors with infrared beams to be installed near the bottom of the doorway, ensuring that the door would reverse if anything crossed the path of a closing door.

Thus, all new garage door openers will be shipped with new safety sensors. Don’t reuse the old sensors, as they may be worn and may not communicate properly with the new opener. It’s also a good idea to have the door springs inspected when installing a new opener. If you have extension springs, you may be able to replace these yourself—ensure you purchase the color-coded springs that properly correspond to the weight of the door you’re lifting, and install safety spring cables through the springs so if they do break, they don’t start flying through the garage.

However, if your garage door is fitted with an overhead torsion spring, do not attempt to adjust or replace it yourself. There is a great deal of potential energy stored in torsion springs, and a slip of a wrench while adjusting it can cause serious energy. Rely on your local garage door installer to repair or replace a torsion spring.

Most door closing issues can be traced to something interrupting the path of the door. First, make sure there are no objects that might interfere with the photoelectric sensors. Sometimes these objects might fall from the wall to block the sensors. Other times, yard debris may get stuck to the bottom of the garage door itself, and when closing the door the debris might hang in “view” of the infrared beam, causing the door to reverse. Other issues may revolve around the door rollers and rails being bent or twisted, causing excessive binding on the path of the door. This binding can cause the garage door opener to reverse itself, as it thinks the door has encountered an obstacle.

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