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Garage Door Opener Guide

An automatic garage door opener enhances your home's safety, providing secure access and lighting to your garage. We can help you find the right garage door opener for your unique needs. When deciding on a garage door opener, there are several factors to take into consideration.


A belt-drive system is the fastest-growing drive type because it's very quiet in its operation and is the smoothest drive type available. A belt-drive system is as strong as a steel-belted tire and can lift the heaviest garage doors. It's the perfect choice for replacing a noisy garage door opener and for homes with living space above or adjacent to the garage.



A chain-drive system uses a metal chain to lift the door up and down along its tracks. Chain-drive systems are the most common and usually the least expensive, but they sometimes make more noise than screw-drive or belt-drive units.



Choose a motor with power adequate to lift your door. If you have double doors, look for at least a half-horsepower motor. Even on a single door, a larger motor is likely to last longer.

Also look for a unit with soft starting and stopping that operates more quietly, with less wear and tear on the door. Higher-end openers operate more quickly, reducing the time you have to wait in the driveway. For safety's sake, the faster-opening models still close at a standard, slower speed.


remote controls and keypads

Some garage door openers use a one-button remote, while other models include a remote with two or more buttons that can control multiple openers. Multiple buttons are useful if you have more than one garage bay, each with a separate door.

Some brands even offer mini remotes that are small enough to fit on a keychain. Doorbell-like buttons or keypads can be mounted to the wall - interior or exterior - near the door to allow it to be opened without a remote. Look for this as an accessory if it doesn't come as part of the standard opener kit.

Some keypads allow you to lock the door electronically for a specific amount of time, such as when you're going to be away on vacation. Another popular function is delayed closing, which is a pause between the time the button is pushed and the door is closed. You have plenty of time to exit through the door on foot instead of running through, dodging the lowering door and the electronic beams.

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belt drive system

Every Chamberlain Belt Drive Garage Door Opener is the ultimate blend of power and silence.

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chain drive system

Every Chamberlain Chain Drive Garage Door Opener is built with strength & durability in mind for reliable performance, year after year.

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Chamberlain products enabled with MYQ® smartphone control now allow you to easily control you garage door, outdoor lamps and house lights from your smart phone.

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Chamberlain garage door openers enabled with MyQ allow you to control your garage door from virtually anywhere. Open or close, set timers & alarms, monitor door actions and more, all from your smartphone.

The MyQ Internet Gateway connects to the Internet through your home router, and when combined with MyQ devices, allows you to open, close and monitor your garage door and control household lighting from the touch of your smartphone.

MyQ Smartphone Features

Belt Drives

  • Offers a quiet and smooth system for opening your garage door.

Chain Drives

  • Delivers reliable power for custom wood or other heavy garage doors.


  • Chamberlain MyQ technology is set to remember for you with the Timer-to-Close feature that can be easily adjusted around your needs. Set the MyQ activated feature on the Smart Control Panel and the garage door will close automatically in the designated amount of time.

Battery Backup System

  • Get in your home even when the power is out
  • Integrated battery allows you to open and close your garage up to 20 times within a 24 hour period
  • Recharges automatically so it's always ready when you need it

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myq enabled garage door openers

Already have a garage door opener? Add smartphone control to most any garage door opener with the MyQ Universal Smartphone Garage Door Controller.

  • Installs in minutes and works with your home's Wi-Fi
  • Free app with no monthly or ongoing service fees
  • Receive alerts to your smartphone so that you'll never have to worry again
  • Control and monitor up to 16 MyQ devices
  • Designed to work with garage door openers that use safety reversing sensors located at the bottom of the garage door track

Universal Clicker Products Universal Remote Control

  • Programs in seconds
  • Operates up to 2 different brans of garage door openers
works with all major brands

Wireless Keyless Entry System

  • Opens and closes your garage by entering a private security code
  • Backlit keypad makes numbers easy to see, even in the dark
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