While most garage door brands have “smart” options, we decided to zero in on Chamberlain’s latest offerings, since their new “MyQ Pet Portal” made such a splash at this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show). In the tech world, “smart” originally derived from the acronym “Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology,” but is casually considered a way to describe inanimate objects whose technology allows them to automate tasks, communicate and assist humans. “Smart connected” devices can be remotely controlled or monitored with your “smart phone.”
The MyQ Pet Portal is smart in several ways. You can control it remotely through the MyQ Pet Portal app, authorizing when your pet can go out, and you can monitor your pet’s activity through live video streaming and two-way audio. If your pet is independent enough to go in and out on its own, you can allow its blue-tooth-enabled collar to operate the door. The “portal” itself blends into the bottom half of a select Kolbe door (you will have to replace an existing door), and uses an elevator-style mechanism to open and close, (looking very futuristic).
Chamberlain’s traditional smart garage door controller, “Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub,” was also a favorite at CES, allowing you to remotely open and close your door remotely through the MyQ app. It’s easy to install, with no extra wires, but it does require bolting a bracket to your ceiling. It’s compatible with Nest, Wink,…
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Common garage door repair related FAQ
How long does it take to replace a garage door?
Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.
How often should my a garage door be serviced?
Your garage door is a large piece of moving equipment made up of many parts. Some families use their garage door more than their front door. We recommend having your garage door and operator serviced every year in order to ensure a properly working door and operator. The noises your door or operator makes are your initial “warning signs” that something is not quite right. The longer you put off the necessary service, the more damage may result.
How long do garage door springs usually last?
The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (one opening and one closing is a cycle.)
What is the life span of a garage door opener?
The average life span of a door opener can vary from 10 to 20 years depending on the model and usage.