Chain Drive Openers

Chain drives are typically the most commonly used and a very reliable type of opener. This drive runs the garage door on its track by using a metal chain. Chain drives are slightly cheaper than belt drives. Chain drive openers tend to be noisy, so if your garage is located below or adjacent to the main rooms in your home, you don’t want this opener. We typically don’t recommend these types of openers because the small saving isn’t worth it. Liftmaster does not warranty the chain for life like it does the belt on the belt drives and the motor is much noisier.

Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

Belt drives are regarded in the garage door industry as the best type of opener. Not only are belt drives as reliable as chain drives, but they are also virtually silent. This drive runs on a steel-reinforced belt and typically costs a few dollars more than chain & screw drive openers. If your garage is attached to your home and has surrounding bedrooms, you’ll never be bothered by the noise of your garage door.

Screw Drive Openers

Screw drive openers use a lifting device that runs on a threaded steel rod, rather than a chain or a rubber belt. These openers tend to work best in locations where the weather and temperature is constant throughout the year. In areas with a wide range of temperature throughout the year, a screw driven opener is not recommended. They also are the slowest moving and noisiest of all three openers, but are the least expensive.

 

When to Repair Garage Door Opener?

Most of the time home builders always made the decision on which garage door opener to install in the new home based on the highest margin of profit, not necessarily on the highest quality. Because of that we find most of these garage door openers failing today. So to insure the highest degree of safety and customer satisfaction, we believe it is important that garage door openers are replaced, as opposed to being repaired.

Garage door openers, like most other technologies today, have changed rapidly to include features that make your life easier and more secure. You can count on your garage door repair technician to expertly inform you about the newest garage door openers and accessories available!