Residential garage doors are used, on average, about 1,500 times per year. The garage door opener, the mechanism that moves the door up and down, must be able to withstand this type of use. If this piece of equipment breaks down, you will need to get it repaired as soon as possible. Here is what you need to know when it comes time to replace your garage door opener.
The basic components of a garage door opener include a motor that moves a trolley, which raises and lowers the door. There are four main types of openers, which differ in the style of driving utility that they use.
On this type of system, a rubber belt moves the trolley. Because of the rubber moving over metal, there is less noise and the motions are smoother than on other openers. It also produces fewer vibrations, which can reduce the need for maintenance and repairs in other areas of the garage door system. This type of opener can be a good choice for any household.
A metal chain moves the trolley on this type of garage door opener. Because of the chains, this opener can be very noisy. However, chain drive openers are the most inexpensive, which makes them great for homeowners on a budget. If your garage is located against a bedroom or living room, you may consider other options.
On this type of garage door opener, a threaded steel rod moves the trolley. The system has fewer moving parts, so less maintenance is required. Screw drive openers are smoother and make less noise than chain drive openers. This is a great option for homes with attached garages.
With this type of garage door opener, the motor is what moves the trolley. It has the fewest moving parts so rarely needs maintenance. It is also a quiet system that will work for any household.
If the type of opener isn’t a major factor in your decision, you can think about the features that come with these systems. Some of these are essential for proper operation, while others are optional for convenience.
If you need a new garage door opener, it is best to hire a professional installation company. These systems are not simple to work on and professionals have the knowledge and equipment to get the job done faster and more safely. They will also be able to help you decide which opener is best for your needs.
If you would like more information about garage door openers, contact Integrity Overhead Door today. We provide a variety of services including Installation and Repair. You can reach us at (806) 552-9519 or Send Us an Email to learn more.