Opening up about Garage Door Openers
There are two main components to a garage door opener— the motor type and the drive type. Motor types come in two main options, AC and DC power. Garage door openers powered by an AC motor are typically louder, larger and heavier since they require more components. Garage door openers powered by a DC motor offer the most power and are the smoothest running motors in the industry. Not only are DC motors quieter and lighter, but they allow more features on the opener like soft start and stop, which reduces wear and tear on the door and motor.
The drive type is simply the way your garage door travels along with the guide – the long rail connected to the opener and above the center of your door – when it opens and closes. Within the guide is a screw, chain, or belt which moves the trolley along the guide to open and close your door.
Our belt drive opener models are some of the quietest garage door openers you can buy and are ideal for a garage that is connected to the house. Screw drive garage door openers, on the other hand, will give you the most power with the fastest operating speeds. If you have a large garage door, then these are the openers you’ll want to use. This is because our screw drive openers feature an exclusive direct drive system that transfers more power from the motor without using a gear reduction system. Finally, a chain drive garage door opener uses a chain to move the door open and closed. It is suitable for most garage doors as the design has been around for many years and will last a long time with routine maintenance.
To reinforce the garage door opener, the Heavy Duty Rail is also available. These double reinforced, C-Channel rails support the industry’s tallest and heaviest residential doors. Compatible with all existing Overhead Door® openers, the Heavy Duty Rail can supplement any screw, belt, or chain drive models, reinforcing the motor rail, and bolstering the opening system. While the Heavy Duty Rail weighs approximately twice as much as a standard rail of the same length and drive type, it can be installed by a single technician with ease. The sturdy design keeps rail deflection at a minimum to offer you confidence in its performance.
Universal Solutions: Opener Remotes and Keypads Simplify Life
Overhead Door™ Brand offers a variety of convenience-enhancing accessories that simplify life. These optional garage door opener accessories each feature something different to help you enjoy your new Overhead Door® opener or garage door system to the fullest. Among them is a line of keypads and opener remotes, which put ease and comfort at your fingertips.
The Universal Wireless Keypad, for example, simplifies the lives of homeowners with one device and PIN. Homeowners often have multiple garage doors that might not always use the same brand of openers, creating a hassle to manage them all and difficulty in remembering the various access codes. The convenience and versatility of the Universal Wireless Keypad offers customers leading innovation for everyday life. Compatible with some of the most popular garage door opener brands sold in the U.S., the Universal Wireless Keypad is easy to set up and control with simplified keypad programming and efficient backlight coverage.
Another innovation is the Universal Remote, which can be programmed to operate a combination of up to four garage door openers or gate receivers, reducing the clutter of multiple remotes and replacing it with a single, convenient device. Pre-programmed settings and an exclusive pairing feature make for simplified programming options. The Universal Remote is compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand and comes with a versatile visor clip and key ring loop in every box.
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Garage Door App
Remote controls aren’t all we offer. Find peace of mind with the OHD Anywhere® app, which allows you to control and monitor your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone. You can check if your garage door is open, closed or if there is any change to the door position. You can instantly know when someone is operating your garage door or open the door for a delivery, repair person or friends without having to provide the access password to your garage. With an OHD Anywhere® smart device enabled garage door controller, you can also access the history of each of your openers. This provides helpful security information of exactly when the door was used, including dates and times.
There are also many wall consoles and keypad options available. The Overhead Door® Wireless Wall Console, for instance, is an innovative, battery powered solution for your garage door system that eliminates the need for wires running up the wall. This console includes a “Jogger Button,” which provides a useful 10-second delay. It also has an up/down door button with optional LED backlighting and a separate work light button to control the light on the opener. The LED backlight has two pulsating speeds and will turn red to notify you when your console batteries are running low.
No matter what kind of Overhead Door™ garage door you own, there are many opener and accessory options available. Contact Overhead Door Company of Brookfield at 203-740-7691 to learn more about these and other convenient products.