What to look out for before buying a Garage Door Opener Replacement

You should never make a mistake of going out to purchase a new garage door opener before you first go over some of the basic needs. You might not even know what you require when it comes to extension kits, power, safety features or the installation. The following are some of the things you need to know:

How much horsepower does your opener for the new garage door needs to be?

The horsepower amount you require depends on the largeness and heaviness of your garage door. If you have a garage door that is over 20 inches in width, then you will require a ½ horsepower opener at the very least. You need to also keep in mind that the speed at which the garage door will close and open based on the opener’s horsepower. To speak generally, it will be best to go for a garage door opener that is a little bit overpowered for your door versus an under-powered one. An opener on average can be in a position of lifting a garage door at about  6 inches to 8 inches every second.

Extension kits for the taller doors

A1 Garage door do utilize rail extension kits which are mostly utilized on doors which are higher than the standard 7 feet height. The reason of purchasing an extension kit is to make sure that the opener for the garage door will be in a position of handling the tall doors. Most of the door openers on the market currently is designed to work with a standard 7 inch garage door so ensure that you spend the extra $50, getting an extension if your door happens to be larger.


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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.

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