belt driven garage door opener

belt driven garage door opener

Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

These are the most popular garage door opener in today’s market for several reasons.  The belt driven opener brought a new age of technology to the garage, and there’s no sign of it slowing down any time soon.  Belt driven garage door openers brought wireless control from anywhere in the world using our phones and laptops, automatic self-adjusting limits, lifetime warranties on major drive components, fingerprint access technology, DC motors with self-lubricating gears encased in steel housings, automatic closing features, and more is yet to come.  Even the lower end of belt driven garage door openers offer so much more than the openers of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  The belt driven opener is the way to go as far as the current Plano, Richardson, Allen, Garland, Frisco, Dallas, McKinney, Wylie, and Murphy garage door opener market is concerned.  The same could be said about most states as a whole.  Author’s Pick: Liftmaster 8550 Belt Drive.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

The newest technology of garage door openers involves a unique configuration.  The jackshaft garage door openers are applied to the side of a garage door, rather than hanging above the garage door.  Unlike the past 50 years, these garage door openers have a more cosmetic and special application quality.  Though the jackshaft openers are fantastic, most modern homes are built without enough room to the side of their garage door shaft in order to install a side mounted garage door opener.  However when installed properly, the jackshaft is just as nice as a belt driven opener, but can me much more useful for situations that call for high lift garage doors, or homes with ceiling clearance issues.  The jackshaft is considerably more expensive, but might just be a glimpse into where garage door opener technology might be headed.  Author’s Pick:  Liftmaster 8500 Jackshaft.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Builders tend to use chain-driven openers because of their cheaper components and simpler construction. As the true original form of electronic garage door openers, there’s no denying that the chain drive transformed the way we live.  Since the garage door opener became mainstream, a majority of Americans now use their garage like a front door.  Chain drives are cheap, plain and simple.  Their quality is questionable, their durability involves plastic cheap components, the warranty is nowhere near that of other garage door openers, and they are down right noisy.  Most consumers are choosing not to have chain driven garage door openers installed, which has led to a change in retail sales focus for large corporations.  Chain drives are rarely available even at your typical home improvement stores.  There are models that account for the growing demand for wood faced, or “overlay” garage doors.  These garage doors are much heavier- up to twice as heavy.  For this reason, the chain drive can be quite practical for such applications.  Author’s Pick:  Liftmaster 8587 Heavy Duty Chain Drive.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Screw Driven Openers came along and had their glory years.  For a period of about 20 years, the screw drive garage door opener was the best thing available.  These openers addressed the issue of being loud, and popularized newer features such as battery backup systems, infrared safety sensors, and electronic limit and force settings.  Unfortunately, the screw drive has really gone by the wayside, as consumers typically choose between two options…the chain drive or the belt drive.  The screw driven garage door openers are well known for having terrible trouble during above average temperature changes, and still contain cheaper plastic parts used for main operating functions- much like the chain drives.  Author’s Pick: Liftmaster 3240 Screw Drive.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Why are there 3 different major categories of garage door openers?  Factors such as price, durability, and technological advances have each contributed to the current garage door opener market.  Each variety of garage door opener, including a fourth style (Jackshaft), has their own story, their own benefits, and their own pitfalls.  Let’s take a look at each style.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Reviews say that getting HomeLink to pair with the Genie SilentMax 750 opener can be a challenge, but overall we saw far fewer complaints about getting HomeLink to work than we did with Chamberlain garage door openers. Like the Chamberlain opener, feedback on installation is mixed. Many say it’s a snap, others it’s anything but. Some older reviews criticize the instructions as well, but newer feedback tends to credit them with being clear and helpful, so we suspect Genie has made an improvement in that regard. Either way, most owners are happy. HomeDepot.com, which is the primary seller of this opener, hosts nearly 390 owner reviews, with 98 percent of owners giving it a recommendation. Overall, it earns a score of 4.8 stars.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

On the features front, the Chamberlain WD1000WF is one of the most well-equipped garage door openers we spotted. It’s MyQ enabled, and the required Internet gateway to gain smartphone and tablet control and status updates is built in. It’s also HomeLink compatible for cars that have HomeLink remotes built into their vehicles (though owners of older HomeLink-equipped cars should note our comments regarding compatibility in the introduction). There’s a battery back-up in case of a power outage. The in-garage multifunction control panel features a motion sensor that will automatically turn on a light built-into the opener if it detects movement in your garage. There are safety sensors that will halt a closing garage door and reverse its motion if anything — such as a person or a vehicle — breaks its invisible beam. Also included are two multifunction remotes for your cars and a wireless external keyless entry system. The remotes use a rolling code that changes after every use for greater security.
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Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Belt-drive garage door openers are known for their whisper-quiet operation. The trade-off is higher prices compared to chain drive garage door openers, which we cover elsewhere in this report. Still, if your house has an attached garage, and the noise of a chain-drive model will disturb your peace and quiet more than you’d like, you might consider that trade well worth making.
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Elite Series® Garage Door Openers Our Elite Series®will make you rethink what’s possible in a Garage Door Opener. With a full-suite of innovative features including smartphone control, Battery Backup and advanced security features, these openers will give you peace of mind that your garage is always safe and secure.
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PCMag.com and CNET install and test the HD950WF, and come away mostly impressed. We say mostly because, as we see in feedback for virtually all garage door openers, installation can be vexing for the home improvement novice. “I can’t stress enough that upgrading your garage door opener is not a task to take lightly,” says CNET’s Brian Bennett. Other aspects of the Chamberlain HD950WF are more smile-inducing these reviews say. Once installed, no performance shortcomings are observed. The smart features are well received, with PCMag.com’s John R. Delaney saying that the apps (both Android and iOS are supported) aren’t flashy, but are easy to use.
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Our Elite Series®will make you rethink what’s possible in a Garage Door Opener. With a full-suite of innovative features including smartphone control, Battery Backup and advanced security features, these openers will give you peace of mind that your garage is always safe and secure.
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Top Features For Garage Openers Choose Your Horsepower 1/2 HP is enough for most aluminum doors 3/4 HP is best for frequently used, 1-piece, or insulated doors 1HP & up is needed for heavy, oversized doors Noise Factor Belt and direct drive models rate highly for quiet, smooth operation. Access from Anywhere Wi-Fi enabled openers allow you to control & monitor the door with a phone or tablet. No Power? No Problem. Openers with battery backup are recommended for areas prone to power outages.
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Expert reviews — at least credible ones — of garage door openers are few and far between. However, with all of the buzz that connected-home technology has received in recent years, it’s not surprising that technology reviewers have begun looking at some “smart” garage door openers. The Home Depot exclusive Chamberlain HD950WF (Est. $270), which looks to be identical to the Chamberlain WD1000WF in terms of specifications, performance and price, has gotten the lions’ share of the attention from these reviewers
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In the belt-drive category, the Chamberlain name rises to the top on most user review sites. For this go around, we are going to elevate the Chamberlain WD1000WF (Est. $265) to the ranks of the Best Reviewed.
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We remain impressed with the still-available Chamberlain WD962KEV (Est. $240), but the WD1000WF has all that the older opener has to offer, and ups the ante by adding full internet connectivity and a more powerful 1-1/4 HPS (horse power similar; see the buying guide for more information) motor, while adding very little to the bottom line.
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Feedback for the Chamberlain WD962KEV comes from owners, and most are ecstatic. It earns a 4.6 star rating after roughly 990 reviews at Amazon.com. The quiet operation is a chief reason why, and comments such as, “the quietest opener I’ve ever had” are not uncommon. Of course, not everyone completely agrees, but far more agree that it is quiet than not.

Published on Aug 29, 2017 | Under Garage | By michael ellis
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