Garage door openers. We use them everyday, but we rarely ever actually think about them. In fact, the only time they ever really cross our mind is when something goes wrong with them. Learning more about your garage door opener before something goes wrong will help you know what kind of maintenance is necessary and may help prevent emergencies in the future. Increasing your familiarity with them and even updating yours can also benefit you in many ways. A new garage door opener may be just the gift you need this holiday season.
Types of Openers
You may not know that there are a variety of garage door opener types. Or, maybe you did know, but are unfamiliar with what types are available. At Automated Miami, we install, maintain, and repair multiple kinds of garage door openers.
Each type of garage door opener has its benefits and ideal use. Belt Drive openers are typically the quietest, with a reduced vibration, and fewer moving parts. Chain Drive openers are usually the most economical and dependable, however, the operation may be fairly noisy compared to the other options. Screw Drive openers are low maintenance, and provide an operation that is less noisy than a chain drive opener, as the plastic-lined tracks reduce noise. ½ Horsepower openers are ideal for single garage doors, but may not be reliably strong enough for larger doors. ¾ Horsepower openers are ideal for these larger, or heavier, garage doors that a ½ horsepower single could not lift.
It’s important to know which kind of opener you have, and to know if it is ideal for your home’s wants and needs. Knowing which kind of opener you have also allows you to ensure that it is being maintained properly. If you have any questions about what kind of opener you have, and what you should be doing to keep it running, feel free to reach out and one of our expert technicians can help.
An opener involves multiple moving parts that all must be in communication and working together. The main part of the opener is the motor itself. This generates the power necessary to lift the garage door open and slowly let it back down to close. If the motor isn’t working, it doesn’t matter what kind of shape the rest of the parts are in, because there will be no power to move the door. Another key part is the opener remote. Though the garage door will still be able to open and close, if the remote cannot communicate when to operate, there will be no movement. One more important factor is how the garage door is connected to the opener. If this connection is weak or broken, even if the motor and the remote are working, the garage door will not be able to open properly.
Opener Installation and Maintenance
Now that you know what kind of garage door opener you have (or want, since you’re shopping for a new one as a gift to yourself), as well as the various parts that are in and on it, you can more easily take care of it and know how to handle issues if they come up. When it comes to installation, having our team of professionals complete the install will ensure that it is done correctly from the beginning. Doing this helps to eliminate issues that may arise from an incorrect installation. It also makes it easier to maintain, which we can assist with as well.
If you aren’t ready to dive into a complete replacement, maintenance and repair are options. If you have a fairly new opener that simply needs maintenance to prevent problems, or if you have been experiencing minor issues when opening or closing your garage, we can help. Performing regular maintenance on your garage opener can help to avoid potential headaches in the future by keeping everything in working order and catching issues early on. For minor repairs when problems do arise, our experienced technicians are standing by.
Sometimes maintenance and repairs just don’t cut it. When it’s time to upgrade or update your opener, we can help with all your replacement questions and concerns. We offer several varieties of garage door openers and can help you decide which is appropriate for you and your home.
Whatever your garage door opener needs are, whether it is deciding what opener to go with, or installing, or repairing, we are here to help. If you still have questions about what kind of garage door opener to gift yourself this holiday season, let us know. We are garage door experts and can find a solution that works for you. Contact us today!