Video: How to Choose a Garage Door Opener (4 Steps)

Choosing the best garage door opener comes down to your application. Learn how to find the right one today.
 

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[MUSIC PLAYING] With a variety of options and features, choosing the right garage door opener can be a challenge. Don't worry-- you got this. First, inspect your garage door. Make sure rollers are in good condition and the door is properly balanced. How heavy is your door? What size is it? These specifications will drive your buying decision. Next, determine the horsepower you'll need to lift the door. At Canadian Tire, this will range from 1/2 and 1 and 1/4 depending on your door and your desired lifespan. For a sectional double car garage door, a 1/2-horsepower motor will be enough. But a high-power unit will perform with less motor fatigue, lasting longer over time. One-piece or heavier doors will require higher horsepower. Next, decide whether you need a chain or belt-driven system. Chain drives are a durable, popular option best suited to detached garages. With fewer moving parts, belt drives are quieter and preferable for homes with an attached garage or adjacent living space. Your garage door will come with a remote, wall-mounted console and keypad, manual release security light, rail segments, and sensors. As a next step, think about the additional features you'll need. A built-in or accessory Wi-Fi hub connection can link your smart home network and allow you to operate the door via your smart device. Garage door openers run on either AC or DC power. Though both will plug into a standard power outlet, DC units offer softer start and stop and a battery backup that allows the door to function during a power outage. Rolling code technology automatically changes your code during each operation of the door opener for added security. Many units will also offer programmable settings for vacation mode, auto-close, and more. If the height of your door is over the 7-foot standard, you'll require an extension kit. Even for a skilled DIYer, a garage door opener installation can be a complex, time consuming-job. If you'd rather leave the assembly to a professional, home services is ready to help. Examine your garage. Follow these tips. And your garage door will be lifting with the push of a button in no time. Don't worry-- you got this.

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