Types of garage motor Types Los Angeles
If you live in Los Angeles California, and you own a garage door which work manually (Without an electric garage motor), or if your electric motor need to be replaced, you are probably wondering: what type of garage door motor will be the best for you. It easy to get confused by the many garage operators that can be found in Los Angeles, when each garage motor manufacture say that they offer the best garage operators in the Californian market. You can find Liftmaster garage operators, Genie garage operators, Craftsman motors, belt drive motors, screw drive garage motors and more. In this article we will try to provide you with some information and tips on how to choose the right garage motor for you, which are the leading brands of garage motors in California, and what type of motor will be the right for you. Although we specialize in garage door services in Los Angeles, the information we provide here can help you even if you are located someplace else, in case you are wondering: Which garage motor should I install?
During our garage door services in Los Angeles, we usually deal with four types of garage motors:
Chain Drive: Very popular garage operator.
Belt Drive Motor: Very quiet garage door operator.
Screw drive motor: Easy to install in case you are planning to install it by DIY.
Jackshaft garage operator: Installed on the side of the door, torsion spring system.
If you already purchased a garage motor, it is probably one the four types we just described. We would like to go over the differences between the types, and how to choose the right garage opener for you. This article will be helpful for people who already own a garage motor and thinking about replacing it, and to people who look to install a new garage door motor. You might own garage door in Los Angeles, garage door opener in Woodland Hills, or garage door in Beverly Hills. You will find the information here helpful.
Chain Drive Garage Operator
The chain drive motor is our best seller in Los Angeles California, and we consider it as one of the strongest motors. When it is from a known brand name –such as the motors made by Liftmaster - the chain drive garage motors in Los Angeles are reliable, relatively quiet, do not require high maintenance, and can easily work for more than twenty five years. The chain drive motor is opening and closing the garage using a steel chain that connected to the motor on one side, and to the rail (Which is attached to the garage wall) on the other side, opening and closing the garage door. In this article we mostly aim for our customers in Los Angeles, but the truth is that it doesn’t matter if it is a garage motor in Hollywood, garage motor in San Fernando Valley, or even garage motor in Gardena, the chain drive motor will be a wise decision if you are looking for a garage operator that will last for many years, and that will rarely need any repairs.
But in case the question “how noisy the garage operator is” does matter to you, and you would like the garage electric opener to be as quiet as possible, you should also consider the next garage operator on our list, and that is the Belt Drive motor.
The Belt Drive Garage Opener
The belt drive motor is the quietest motor of the four types. Just like the chain drive motor, it is quiet, strong and reliable. But with one difference that makes it much quieter: with this motor, the steel chain which is being used over the chain drive motor is replaced with a rubber belt which make it extremely quiet.
You may be asking yourself: So why would someone choose the chain drive motor over the belt drive motor, if they are both strong and reliable, but the belt is quitter? We are glad that you asked that, since we have the answer:
First, the belt drive motor cost more than the chain drive motor. We believe that the investment truly worth it, since you get a quiet motor that will work for many years, but some people choose not to invest and install the belt drive motor since the noise level doesn’t bother them, or their garage may be detached from their house.
The second reasons people choose the chain drive over the belt is the noise level. Some home owners in Los Angeles do prefer to hear and know every time their garage is opening and closing. And since the chain drive motor is noisier, they prefer the chain drive motor. Think about it, the belt drive is so quiet that someone can actually open your garage door using the motor, and you won’t even notice.
The Screw Drive Motor
In the past, the screw drive garage operator used to be much more popular, but lately we do not see it as much as we used to, and many home owners choose to progress to the chain or the belt drive motor. But this type of motor will work best for home owners in LA who prefer to install the motor by do it yourself instead of using the services of a garage door installer in Los Angeles, since it relatively easy to install, and will open and close your garage when you will need it to.
Which motor should I install one my overhead door?
It really doesn’t matter if you own overhead door in Los Angeles, or garage door someplace else in California, what matter is that you will choose the motor that will serve you well, since it is something that you shouldn’t do more than once every twenty five years or more. The important thing is that you will choose between the chain and the belt drive motors, and that you will choose a reliable brand, since like everything else in life, quality matter. And if you wonder which brand to choose, you can find the answer in the next paragraph about our preffered garage operator brand.
Why choose Liftmaster opener?
There are many brands and manufactures of garage motors. The most important thing is to choose a high quality garage operator manufacture, so you will get the best motor for your garage. After many years in the industry, we believe that Liftmaster motors are the kind that you can trust to keep working for many years, and that will rarely need any service as long as your garage door is in good condition, and as long as it is maintained in time.
It doesn’t mean that we do not repair and install other brands of motors such as Genie motors, but when we are asked about a good garage motor, Lift Master will be out first recommendation. And when we install a new garage door operator in Los Angeles California, it is probably a Liftmaster motor.
If you have other preferred brand of garage motor such as Genie or Chamberlin, we can help you with that. We have accessories and parts for any garage door in Los Angeles. It can be commercial overhead door in LA, or home garage door opener in La Puente, get in touch with us door same day service in Los Angeles County.
What are the safety guidelines?
When it comes to garage door safety, there is no question. Every garage motor, whether it is a Lift Master belt drive motor in Beverly Hills, Genie chain drive operator in Tarzana, or a screw driver motor in Santa Clarita, must include a safety feature which will stop the closing garage in case something is in the way. The safety feature is there to protect you, and it should be installed for any type of garage door motor, belt or drive, house garage door or commercial, in Los Angeles or anywhere else in USA.
The federal law require It! And there is also common sense that should tell you to use a safe garage. If you own an automated garage in Los Angeles which is not equipped with safety sensors, you should get them installed as soon as possible, even if it means to completely remove the current motor and install a new garage door opener.
The safety sensors are there in order to people, pets, your vehicle, or any object which might be at the doors path when it closing. They may also be the reason for many garage issues (Which are relatively easy to repair when the issue is a misplaced safety sensor), but the one time that they will protect someone or something from getting hurt by the garage, is enough to make sure they are installed the right way. If you own an automated garage doors, and it is not equipped with safety sensors, we recommend you to contact a garage door company in Los Angeles to install them for you.
The accessories that come with the garage motor in Los Angeles depend on what you need and the way you are planning to use the garage. You may need one remote or few, battery backup, MYQ connection (connect the new motor to a smartphone) and more. Here is a list of garage motor accessories, and their description:
Safety Sensors: As we explained earlier, the safety sensors are inseparable part of the garage motor installation, and installing a garage motor without them is both dangerous and illegal. Today most motors are being sold with safety sensors, just make sure when you purchase the operator that they are included in the kit. If you own automated overhead door with no safety sensors, please get in touch with All Los Angeles Garage Doors for same day service.
Remote Control: You can synchronize many remotes controls with one motor. There is also an option to connect the motor to the car (Not all cars), and to be able to open and close the door from the car. You can also control up to 3 doors using one clicker.
Key Pad: This is a keyless entry way to open the garage just by using a security passcode that you will determine. It is not a must in every installation, but most people add them to the installation. Sometime come with the kit you get when purchasing new garage operator in Los Angeles.
Push-Button: Also known as “wall-switch” Installed inside the garage, in a place that will be unreachable for little kids, and that will allow the user to see the door itself when using it. The new wall switched come with many more options. Ask the garage door installer about the different options.
Battery backup: In case a power outage will surprise you when the car is inside the garage, but you would still like to use the door automatically. This is not a replacement for power outlet, and it is good only for backup.
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