Once your garage door has been installed you have to decide how you want the garage door to open. You have a few different options to consider including screw, belt, or chain drive. Understanding how each opener works is the key to finding the best opener for your new garage door.
How The Screw Drive Opener Functions
A screw drive opener requires a trolley to ride on a threaded-steel rod. It rotates with a motor to open and close the garage door. This is usually pricier then the belt or chain openers and is not recommended for use in drastic climate change areas. The upside to this type of opener is it is extremely easy to use and also fairly easy to install. If you are semi-handy you can likely install it yourself.
How The Belt Drive Opener Functions
Belt driver openers are extremely quiet and use a belt mechanism to open and close the garage door. The belt drive opener utilizes a track with a belt. The belt pushes the trolley, this connects to a J-arm, which is attached to the garage door itself. These belts are usually made from fiberglass and are easy to replace if need be. The lack of noise involved in opening and closing the garage door makes this a popular choice.
How The Chain Drive Opener Functions
Chain drive openers were one of the first ever garage door opener designs and is still widely used today. Simply put, these openers run along a track. They use a chain to push the trolley, this connects to a J-arm, which is attached to the garage door itself.
Unfortunately, these are the noisiest of the three options. If you prefer to have a warning when your garage door is opening this is definitely the option you will want to go with. Some people see the noise it makes as an added home security measure, as it would alert you to any intruders trying to enter through the garage door.
What Else To Think About When Installing Your Garage Door Opener?
You should also be sure to buy a garage door opener with something called a “rolling code feature.” This makes it harder for a thief to access your garage door code. You should also give a little thought to a warranty that may come with the garage door opener. Purchasing a 5 to 10 year warranty is a great idea in case anything were to happen to the opener after you installed it.
Now that you understand how all three types of garage door openers work, you should have no trouble selecting the best option for your home (for more information, contact local suppliers and installers like Don Johnson’s Door Service).
Most homeowners don’t give a lot of thought to their garage doors until there is a problem with it. A garage door that is not operating properly can be quite an annoyance, and some problems can even be dangerous. Some of the most common garage door problems include:
Garage Door Won’t Open or Close
If your garage door won’t open or close, the problem may be caused by dead batteries in your garage door opener. Try replacing the batteries, but if fresh batteries don’t solve the issue carefully inspect the sensors located near the ground of the garage door. If these sensors are blocked by anything, the garage door will not open and close as it should.
Another cause of this problem can be obstructions on the wheel tracks that prevent the wheels from turning properly. Very cold temperatures or high humidity can affect the lubrication of the wheel track, so if your garage door is not opening or closing in extreme weather you may need to apply more lubrication.
Grinding or Screeching Sounds
A garage door that is in good working condition should open and close smoothly without any unusual sounds. If your garage door begins making grinding or screeching sounds, that is a good sign that there is a build up of dirt and debris on the wheel track. This problem can typically be solved by thoroughly cleaning the wheel track with soap and water.
The loud sounds should subside after the wheel tracks are cleaned, but if it does not you can try adding extra lubrication to help the wheels move without making annoying noises.
Garage Door Closes Too Fast
It is important for a garage door to close in a controlled manner for the safety of your vehicle and people in the proximity of your garage. When a garage door begins slamming shut or closing too fast, it is usually a sign that there is a broken cable or a very loose spring. In order to rectify the problem, the spring or cable will need to be replaced.
Replacing these items is not an easy DIY job and it is in your best interest to hire an experienced garage door service company to make the repair for you. One company that may be able to help you with the repairs is America’s Garage Doors LLC.
Garage Door Opener Not Functioning Properly
Like all home appliances, an automatic garage door opener will eventually fail after years of use. If you have fresh batteries in the garage door opener remote and you know that the wheel tracks are clean, but the opener is still not working right, there is a good chance that it is time for replacement door opener. Properly installing a new garage door opener can be tricky, so it is best to have it professionally installed.