Your garage door opener (GDO) is the brains behind the largest moving object in your home. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be in sync with each other. I also like your new opener to look as good as it works!
DRIVE-TYPE — BELT or CHAIN?
Chain drives are by far the most popular, I'll call them old-faithful. Belt drives are preferable when there's a room above the garage, as they're the quietest.
MOTOR SIZE — ½-hp or ¾-hp?
Most normal sized doors only need a ½-hp motor when the door is light-weight and easy to lift. For doors that are extra tall, wide, or heavy ... opt for the ¾-hp or higher.
Keyless entry pads are the most popular option. They allow you to get into your garage from the outside with a 4-digit PIN code, without needing to have a vehicle button handy. Wi-fi ready GDOs allow you to both open/close and check the status of your door right from your smartphone and computer. Battery Backup GDOs come with a battery inside (see Q&A below), so your door can go up and down even when there is a power outage!
Disconnecting your existing GDO, removing old sensors, wiring, wall button
Installing your new GDO
Connecting all accessories: wall button, safety sensors, cell phone
Cleaning-up and removing packaging when done
Testing the safety reversal system
Teaching you all its new features
Delivery of your new GDO from the store to your garage
Haul Away of your old GDO and rail
Can I still operate my door by hand if the power goes off?
Yes you can. Pull the red emergency release cord to release the door from the opener. To re-engage to the opener when power is restored, pull the rope towards the opener at roughly a 45-degree angle. The next time you operate the door, it will re-engage.
Also available are battery-backup garage door openers. The battery allows use of the door for up to 20 cycles when there is a power outage.
My door is having trouble going down. What should I check?
Check for obstructions of the door or misalignment of the safety reversing sensors. If something is breaking the infrared sensor beam, the door won't go down and the lights on the opener will flash. Some items known to break the invisible beam are direct sunlight on the receiving sensor, spiderwebs, brooms etc ...
Next, check the battery in your remote control. If your wall console has a Lock button, be sure it's not activated (indicated by the flashing light in the wall console.)
Can I stop the door midway while it's still moving?
Yes, you can stop a garage door opener at any point while it's moving. If you press a button while the door is going up, the door will stop. If you press a button while the door is going down, the door will reverse and go up, which a safety feature.
What if I have to be right up to the door for my remote to work?
You can first check the battery and replace it if it's old. If the battery is okay, your steel garage door or aluminum siding might be interfering with the remote control signal. A weak battery creates a weak signal that can also be blocked by the metallic content in windshields on some new cars.
Why do the lights on my opener stay on when the door is up?
This symptom could be the result of:
activation of the manual light switch on the premium wall consoles
or continuous breaking of the infrared sensor beam when the door is up
To turn this feature OFF, with the opener lights ON, press and hold the light button for 10 seconds, until the light turns ON and OFF again. To restore this feature, start with the opener light ON, then press and hold the light button for 10 seconds until the light goes OFF and then ON again.
How safe are garage door openers?
Very safe. In fact, since 1993, every garage door opener has had a three-stage safety system:
The first stage is the beam created by the infrared sensors. They are mounted on both sides, near the door track, 4" to 6" from the floor. This system will cause a closing door to reverse, without touching the object, when the infrared beam is broken.
The second stage is the contact reversing system. If the door makes contact with an object while going down, it will reverse and go back up.
Finally, a cycle completion occurs (within 30 seconds) if the down limit or the reversing system were to fail.
Can openers handle heavy doors?
Yes. It will handle any door made of wood, steel or fiberglass that's up the 18 feet wide and 7 feet tall. The door has to be in good working condition and the springs must be properly balanced because the opener is only assisting the door's springs. For doors 8–10 feet tall, a corresponding extension kit would be needed to open the door all the way.
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