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The Best Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers have several advantages, including preventing intruders from entering your home. These devices are designed to open and close the garage door with the push of a button without needing a key. However, you should know a few things before buying one.


When it comes to garage door openers, does size matter? Well, it turns out that the size of your garage door opener may depend on your garage. For example, a chain-drive opener may be all you need if you have a small one-car garage. These types of openers are typically more affordable and can handle lighter doors.


On the other hand, if you have an oversized two- or three-car garage, you may opt for a belt-drive opener. Belt-drive openers are typically more expensive, but they’re also quieter and can handle heavier doors.


When you’re buying an opener, make sure to consider the weight of your garage door. Some require more power than others – for instance, wooden doors are heavier than standard steel doors, so they need a more powerful motor. Additionally, insulated garage doors can add extra weight, requiring a bigger opener.


A garage door can be a significant asset to your home, but it can also make your life more difficult. That’s why it’s crucial to have a quality opener. If you have an older, non-safe opener, you may be in danger of being trapped by a slammed door. Newer, modern openers generate an electron beam across the door’s opening as a safety feature. If an object blocks the shaft, the device reverses its motion to prevent hitting the object.




Types of Garage Door Openers

If you have a garage, you need a garage door opener. But with all the different types on the market, which one is right for you? Here is a quick guide to the numerous types of garage door openers available to help you make your decision.


Chain-drive openers are the most common and affordable type of opener. They use a metal chain to lift and lower the door, so they tend to be noisy. 


Belt-drive openers are similar to chain-drive openers but use a belt instead of a chain. This makes them quieter than chain-drive openers but also more expensive.


Screw-drive openers are another option. They use a threaded steel rod to lift and lower the door, so they don’t require as much maintenance as other openers.


The wall mount (also called jackshaft) is installed to the left or right of the garage door. It’s hushed. It requires about 12 inches between the garage-door edge and the side wall.

There are several types of Garage door openers on the market. LiftMaster offers several options, including the 8165W Chain Drive, the 8550W Belt Drive, and the WLED belt drive. 


Let’s look at the attributes of each type:


LiftMaster 8165W Chain Drives

This garage door opener connects to your home network with built-in Wi-Fi, so you can open and close the garage door from your mobile phone. It also sends alerts about the status of your garage door. This opener supports standard doors with a 1/2-HP AC motor and is compatible with many smart devices. It also consumes up to 75% less power when in standby mode.


The Chamberlain Group makes this LiftMaster chain drive garage door opener. It features a 1/2-HP motor and an industrial-strength chain drive. It has UL325 certification for safety. It also features MyQ(r) technology, which allows you to monitor and control your garage door opener. In addition, it has an alert-2-close warning system, which sends an audible alert before your garage door closes.

LiftMaster 8550W Belt Drive

The LiftMaster 8550W Belt Drive Garage Door opener from Chamberlain Group is a belt-driven garage door operator that runs up to 20 times daily. It also comes with MyQ technology and a Wi-Fi connection for easy control. This door operator is also equipped with an automatic garage door lock. This feature helps ensure your packages’ safety when you are not home.


Security features include built-in backup batteries, Wi-Fi capabilities, and Timer-to-Close. It also has a built-in camera for two-way audio communication. Moreover, it has a light ring with 360-degree LED light. It is powered by a quiet DC motor and uses a belt drive system.

LiftMaster WLED Belt Drive

The LiftMaster WLED Belt Drive garage door opener is excellent if you want a high-quality, pin-drop quiet door operator. This belt-drive model includes a DC battery backup and wireless remote control for ease of use. In addition, this door operator is compatible with MyQ technology, allowing you to view and control its status remotely from your smartphone or tablet.


This belt-driven garage door opener features a powerful, silent DC motor. It also has an LED light system for added safety. It is compatible with MyQ and works with an integrated automatic garage door lock. It also features a battery backup and a five-year parts warranty.

LiftMaster 8500W Jack Shaft

For the most part, the LiftMaster 8500W is a side-mounted unit that can be mounted on either side of the door opening. This model is perfect if you have a narrow door opening and cannot install a large overhead door opener.


It comes with a 5-year warranty on the parts and a one-year standard accessory warranty. 

The 8500W operator is versatile and can be installed on standard torsion hardware door installations. For special applications, it offers space-saving benefits. It is available in four basic configurations: high-lift torsion, high lift, follow-roof pitch, and full vertical lift.



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3415 Custer Rd #103
Plano, TX
(972) 432-5695

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