Garage door openers are often confusing for homeowners. These are complicated pieces of machinery that come in a few varieties. Here are six of the most commonly asked questions about these pieces of equipment.
There are two types of trolley-driven door openers on the market. One operates using a chain and the other uses a belt. A chain‑driven garage door opener is the quieter option. This system can come with a full chain or a chain and cable combination.
There are two main sizes of opener motors. These are .5 and .75 horsepower. A correctly balanced garage door should weigh about 10 pounds and the motor should have no issues raising it. But, a .75 horsepower motor can raise a door that weighs up to 350 pounds and drop it with the same power.
It is possible to get a new garage door opener and install it on your own. But, you will need the right tools, enough knowledge, and enough time to do this. It is recommended that you work with a professional when looking to install a new opener because they have all of this and can make the process simple for you.
This is a common issue that happens with many garage doors and is often caused by the automatic reversal system. This photoelectric system has been required in all garage doors in North America since 1993. The system has two photo eyes, one on each side of the door, that are located a few inches off the floor. If there is something blocking the eyes or if they aren’t aligned properly, the door will not close.
Depending on the type of system you have, your garage door opener should not allow other remotes to open it. You can set this on a special panel. Speak with a professional if you are concerned about the safety of your system.
The cost of replacing the door opener or the entire system will vary. There are many options to choose from, whether you want a more powerful system or a prettier door. You can talk to a garage door installation company to help you decide which opener or system is right for your needs.
If you would like to learn more about door openers and systems, contact Integrity Overhead Door today. We offer a variety of services including Installation and Broken Spring Repair. You can reach us at (806) 552-9519 or Send Us an Email to learn more.