If you are like many of us, a garage door and garage door opener are a big part of your daily routine. We often don’t notice our garage door openers until they stop working. If your garage door opener is not able to be fixed, you will need to choose another. There are many electric garage door openers out there, and the choice can be difficult to make. Here at Access Garage Doors of Cleveland West, we want to help you find the best electric garage door opener for your needs.
One of the first things you will want to look at is your horsepower. While horsepower is often something that we only associate with vehicle engines, it is the same measurement of power for your electric garage door opener, too. You can have anywhere from 1/3 horsepower even up to ¾ horsepower. Keep in mind your door and the materials it is made of before choosing, as heavier doors will understandably require more horsepower.
Another factor you should consider is what is called the “drive”. There are a few drive choices out there, usually a chain or belt is what people are most familiar with. The drive is what is working the mechanics of your door, raising or lowering. Chains are strong, but can be noisier than a belt. There is also a screw-drive option that is also very quiet, but can be a bit more expensive.
Finally, consider the type of power you want. Electric garage door openers usually come with either AC or DC power options. The biggest difference here is that DC motors are inherently much more quiet and energy-efficient than AC motors. Furthermore, backup battery packs can be added to certain models that will continue to open your door during power outages or other emergencies when opening your garage door is crucial. If you are still having trouble choosing the right electric garage door opener, please give our experts a call. We would be happy to walk you through the potential options.