With the advent of technology, almost everything in life has been made easy — including the opening and closing of your garage doors. Gone are the days when you needed to manually open the large and heavy doors of your garage. You can now open and close your garage with so much ease and comfort by installing an automated garage door opener.
When it comes to a garage door opener, there are so many varieties available to choose from. There are even models that allow you to operate the door through your smartphone. It’s important to get yourself familiar with your automated garage door so you will be able to recognize the signs of potential issues and determine when to call for help.
- Know the horsepower of your garage door
This is a basic yet one of the most important knowledge you need to know when it comes to automated doors. The horsepower gives your opener the power to lift your door up and down. It generally depends on the size and weight of your door. A single door typically uses 1/3 horsepower while larger ones with upgraded motors would need ¾ – 1 ½ horsepower.
- Know the type of drive your garage door has
There are 4 types of garage door openers — chain drive, belt drive, jackshaft, and screw drive. All of these four types have a motor which is responsible for moving the trolley.
- Know the features of your garage door
Modern garage doors have features that offer convenience to homeowners. It would be just logical to take advantage of these features, right? Aside from the convenience it offers, some may have security features such as eye sensor and electronic monitoring for forced entry.
- Know the type of motor it has
Different types of garage doors have different types of motor to use. If you are using a roll up door then its motor is definitely mounted vertically or at the shaft.
- Know the length of warranty
Basically, there are three warranties that you will get with your garage door openers — one for your garage door motor, for the lifting system, and warranty for other parts. Your garage door motor has the longest warranty since its one of the most important parts of your automated door. Most automated garage door providers offer at least 10 years up to a lifetime warranty. The warranties offered for lifting system starts from a year of warranty up to three years. Other manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on its belts and chains.
- Know the signs of broken garage door openers
You don’t need to be an expert in fixing broken garage door openers. However, it is part of your responsibility as a homeowner to know the signs that your garage door is having a problem. Minor issues such noisy sounds produced when opening and closing the door as well as the slow response time of the opener are noticeable enough.
- Know the right time to call for help
Fixing a broken garage door is not an easy task. There may be DIY guides you could find online to help you fix some minor issues; however, hiring a professional could be a better choice as they have more knowledge on it.