Do you need to change your garage door opener because it’s getting old and the cost to repair it is just too high? Are you irritated by the noise it creates? Here is what you need to know before purchasing a new garage door opener.

What types of garage door openers are available?

Chain drive:

  • The most popular and cost-efficient than belt drives;
  • Some garage door openers don’t come with a full chain but with a combination of chain and a steel cable. If you decide to go with a chain-drive system, opt for a full chain.


Belt drive:

  • Quieter than the chain drive;
  • The belt is made with rubber, reinforced with metal wires, similar to tires;
  • It is highly recommended if you have a bed/room above the garage.


Jackshaft (beside door):

  • Best when the garage ceiling is much higher than the garage door (floor/ceiling height is 13 ft. and the door is 9 ft. high);
  • Recommended inclined roofs;
  • It can only be used with a torsion spring system since the door opener is connected to the shaft on which the springs are installed;
  • More expensive than a chain-drive or belt-drive opener.


What size motor should I pick? ½ or ¾ HP

  • Keep in mind, that an electric door opener only replaces manual effort. You must be able to lift your door with ease with only one hand;
  • It is the torsion or extension springs that lifts the door;
  • A well-balanced garage door is what we call its deadweight, a stationary position about 5 feet from the floor, is between 12 and 17 lb.
  • The door opener should be able to lift the same weight. To avoid any inequality in the spring system, a ½ HP door opener is recommended.


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