There are a variety of garage door openers with various features and benefits – sometimes it can be confusing.


Garage Door Operator

Power Rating

  • 1/3 for lightweight doors.
  • 1/2 horsepower for most doors.
  • 3/4 horsepower for larger or heavier doors.

Drive Mechanism

  • Belt drive is quietest and requires the least amount of maintenance.
  • Chain and screw drives are more durable but may require more maintenance.

Motor Type

  • AC is most common.
  • DC motors offer softer starting/stopping as well as some battery pickup options that can be helpful if there is a power failure.

If You Have a Garage Door that…

  • Is adjacent to a bedroom you may want an operator with quiet operation. Consider a belt drive operator or an operator with a vibration isolation system (VIS) or both.
  • Gets excessive wear and tear due to sudden starts and stops, consider an opener with soft start and stop features available with DC motors.
  • Want safety and convenience of automatic lighting, consider an opener that includes a motion detector in the wall button.
  • Have multiple doors on your garage, you should consider an opener with three-button transmitters to allow separate opening/closing of the doors (NEVER attempt to use one opener to open multiple doors!!!).
  • Have an extended height door, be sure to get a rail that fits your door height. Residential rails come in lengths for 7, 8 and 10 ft high doors.

All Operators Offer Standard or Optional Features Like...

  • Keypads (for operation when you don't have your transmitter).
  • Extra transmitters (for other family members).
  • Open door monitors (to monitor the garage door from different parts of your house).
  • Lockout (prevents operation during vacation).
  • Work-lights (to turn on the light without opening the garage door).

How To Attach An Automatic Opener

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