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Automatic Garage Door Openers

An automatic garage door opener has become a common convenience in most garages. Major brands include Genie, Chamberlain, Craftsman, and LiftMaster.

Features to consider:

  • Capacity to lift the weight and size of your door.
  • Opening and closing speed. The faster it opens, the quicker you get in; however, beware of doors that close too quickly as they might pose a safety hazard. Also, to reduce wear, faster doors should speed up and slow down -- rapid on and off is hard on the mechanism and may lead to early failure
  • Obstacle detection: what happens if something (a car fender or a pet) is in the way of the closing door? Avoid doors that lack adequate sensing or require high resistance before stopping.
  • Type of drive: chain, belt, or screw. Chain drives are generally considered the noisiest.

  • Number of remotes, working range, the number of access codes, and the ease with which access codes can be changed should it match your neighbor's code.
  • A "vacation lock" to disable the door when you are going to be gone for long periods.

See also: Garage Doors

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