How Powerful of a Garage Door Opener Do I Need?

If you are shopping for a new garage door opener, you have many choices to make. Do you want a battery back-up system? Are you opting for a quieter belt drive or a more cost-efficient chain drive? Will you choose a smart security system you can control from your smartphone? On top of these features, you need to determine the basic elements, like how powerful of a motor you will need for your opener.

What Amount of HP is Needed?

When you are perusing the different models of garage door openers, one of the basic specifications is the horsepower or HP the motor uses. You will see options from ½ HP to 1 1/2 HP for most residential garage door openers. The higher the HP, the higher weight the motor can handle. To determine if you need higher HP, consider these factors:

  • Size of the door. Most single garage doors are about 12-feet in width. ½ HP motors can easily handle most doors of this size, but double-car doors that are 14-feet or wider may require at least ¾ HP openers. Taller doors for RVs may also require higher HP openers.
  • Door material. Solid wood doors tend to be the heaviest doors and may require more HP for the openers. If you have a wider, solid wood garage door, you may want to opt for ¾ HP or higher.

Weight is important when choosing the HP for your opener. Talk to your local garage door service about the best opener options for the size, material and weight of your garage door. It never hurts to go higher in HP than you need but choosing a motor without enough power can reduce the lifespan of your new opener and cause safety concerns.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Benefits of a Battery Backup for Your Garage Door Opener

If you use your garage door as the main point of entry to your home, you depend on your garage door opener for convenience and security. You can open your garage door with a push of a button and never need to run inside in the rain or snow, or get overheated on a hot day. However, if you don’t have a battery backup on your opener, you can find yourself locked out of your garage when the power goes out. Here are some of the benefits of having a battery backup for your opener.

  • Safety. When the power goes out, it can be dark and dismal outside. This is the worst time to be forced to park in your driveway instead of driving into your garage. With a battery backup, you can get inside during the storm and avoid navigating your way into a dark home.
  • Security. Your garage door opener helps keep the largest entrance to your home and garage locked and secure. Make sure the security features are still in place by having a battery power source for when the power goes out, especially when you are away from home.
  • Convenience. The new battery backup systems automatically perform when the power goes out. Most can last on standby for at least 24 hours and enable 20 cycles of your garage door during a power outage.

If you don’t have a battery backup for your garage door opener, now is the time to talk to your local garage door company about an upgrade. When the next storm hits and the power is out, you will be glad you invested in this option for your home and garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

What Is the Quietest Garage Door Opener?

Does your garage door opener announce to the entire household wherever anyone comes home or leaves? The economical and popular chain drive garage door openers are not always the quietest systems, especially older models. If you want a quieter garage door opener, there are other options. A belt drive opener is the quietest type available and may be what you need to stop the roar every time you open or close your garage door.

What Is a Belt Drive Garage Door Opener?

A belt drive opening system simply uses a belt versus a chain, offering a quieter and smoother performance. If you want to rid your home of the racket of a chain drive opening system, a belt drive opener is your best option. However, there are a few pros and cons to a belt drive versus a chain drive garage door opener, beyond just the noise level. Some things you should know:

  • Belt drive openers tend to be more expensive than chain drive openers
  • Many belt-drive openers have great warranties, but some do not last for as long as chain drive systems
  • Belt-drives can work faster than some chain drives
  • Heavy 2-car or wooden garage doors can put strain on a belt-drive – a chain-drive may be a better choice for heavy garage doors
  • Belt-drives do not need lubrication, requiring less maintenance than chain drives

In most cases, a belt drive garage door opener is a good choice if you want a quieter opening system. To find the best option, talk to your local garage door service company to compare the different types available that will best meet your needs.

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The Garage Door Specialists
Hoschton, GA 30548

5 Reasons Your Garage Door is Not Opening

If your garage door is not opening, there are only a few reasons for this issue. Before you call your garage door service company, you can troubleshoot the problem to ensure it not something you can easily fix. Here are the top five reasons a garage door will not open to help you narrow down the problem.

  1. No power. Sounds simple, but a lack of power is the main reason your garage door opener will not work. If the opener is not plugged in, a fuse blew, or power is out to the entire house, your garage door would not open unless it has a battery backup.
  2. Remote battery is dead. Remote batteries die – try the wall unit to see if that works to open your door. If so, it is most likely a dead remote battery or some other issue with your remote.
  3. Mechanical failure. Does the opener sound like it is trying to work but the door does not move? Your garage door opener could be failing, or a cable could be broken.
  4. Broken spring. Broken springs are often the cause of garage door opening issues. If the spring is broken, you will not be able to use the manual option – the door will slam shut.
  5. Door is locked. If your garage door was accidentally manually locked, it will not open. Check the manual lock and make sure it is not engaged.

Sometimes garage door opening issues are a simple fix, but many times they require a repair. Never try to fix a major problem like a broken cable or spring yourself – call a professional garage door expert for a repair.

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The Garage Door Specialists
Grayson, GA 30017

What HP Garage Door Opener Should I Buy?

There are three main options in horsepower for garage door openers:  1/3, ½ and ¾ HP. If you are buying a new garage door opener, you will see all three power options available with many other features. To decide which horsepower opener is best for your garage door, consider the size, type and weight of your garage door and the frequency of use. Here are the basics on the three HP levels to help you determine which is best for your needs.

1/3 HP

For light, single garage doors, the 1/3 HP models can be used. This is the lowest horsepower option, which means it is best for light loads. However, the amount of cycles will be less than higher horsepower models, especially for heavier garage doors. The initial cost is less, but you can expect to replace this type of opener more often.

½ HP

The most popular option for horsepower in garage door openers is ½ HP. This is level of power can handle almost any single garage door, even heavier or carriage-types. It can also be used for double garage doors and offers enough cycle frequency that it should last at least 10,000 cycles or more.

¾ HP

For the longest-lasting opener with the most strength, the ¾ HP opener is the best option. This level of power is needed for oversized or double doors, and it is perfect for heavy wood doors. While ¾ HP openers are more expensive, they will last longer than other types.

It is important to get the right horsepower opener for your garage door and frequency. Talk to your local garage door service company to determine the best power level and type of opener for your needs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Keep Your Home Secure with a New Garage Door Opener

How old is your garage door opener? If you are not sure, it may be time to replace that old system with a new garage door opener. The good news is that many garage door openers last decades, making them a great investment. However, the system installed in the past are vastly different in security and features compared to the ones that are available today. Protect your home, family and valuables by upgrading to a new, higher security, garage door opener.

So what is new in garage door openers? The first and foremost feature is rolling codes. If you have an old garage opener, it can be easy for criminals to access the digital code that allows them access to your garage and home. Although rolling codes have been standard for twenty years, there are openers still out there without this feature. Imagine allowing anyone with a small amount of technology knowledge access to your garage and home – inspect your opener to determine whether it uses rolling code technology.

The new options in opening systems for your garage doors are incredible. You can access your opener through smartphone applications, allowing you to get rid of openers in your car that can be stolen. In addition, you can open or close your garage doors from wherever you are, giving you tighter security and more convenience than ever before.

Your garage doors are an important factor in the security of your home and family. Talk to your local garage door company about upgrading your opener system. You will be amazed at the options that are now available that can offer increased security for your home as well as many high-tech convenience features.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA

Old Garage? It May be Time to Update Your Garage Door Opener

If you have an older home with an old garage, you may have some obsolete hardware and mechanics that should be replaced. Surprisingly, there are many garage door openers that still work great, yet are decades of years old. Ask any garage door service technician, and they will tell you they have seen openers that are forty, even fifty years old that are still in service. While the manufacturers deserve kudos for building a quality product, it still may be time to replace those old, reliable garage door openers.  Here’s why:

Safety features. Many of the safety features that are standard on newer garage door openers did not exist on those old models. The laser eyes that detect objects under the door were not available for these early openers. A garage door with no brakes when it comes to safety can be extremely dangerous to people, pets and your vehicles.

Security. Another good reason to replace your old garage door opener is security. The signals that were used decades became easy for criminals to access the code. Newer openers use rolling codes and other technology to make it difficult for anyone to access your opener’s frequency.

Convenience. There are many incredible options available with new garage door openers. They are quieter, safer and securer, while offering many convenience options like smartphone applications and other nifty features.

Give your old garage door opener an upgrade. Call your local garage door service company to learn more about all the options available in new openers. It is a worthy investment into the safety and security of your garage and home.

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Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

Garage Door Opener Basics

Are you considering buying a new garage door opener, yet are clueless on what options are available? If your knowledge of openers for your garage door openers is minimal, you may be surprised how many choices you have when choosing a new system. To help you in your search, here are a few a basics that you should know about garage door openers.

Types of Garage Door Opener Systems

There are three main types of garage door opens systems: chain, screw and belt drive systems. Choosing the type will be the first decision you should make before you move on to features and other options.

  • Chain Drive. Many of the older systems that you may have used are chain systems. Due to metal-on-metal contact, these systems can be very loud, although some of the newer models have reduced noise.
  • Screw Drive. The screw drive options have the fewest moving parts of garage door opener systems, making them durable and quieter than most chain drive systems.
  • Belt Drive. Belt drives use a reinforced steel belt to drive the system. These are one of the quietest systems available.

On top of choosing the drive system, you will want to consider all the different options for safety, security and convenience. Many people prefer the outdoor keypads that allow entrance into the garage with the use of a code along with their remote. There are also many secure remote control options that use newer technology, including smartphone applications.

To learn more about all the options available in garage door opener systems, talk to your local garage door service company. They can give you an overview of all the different systems and features that will fit your needs and budget.

Is it Time to Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

If you’re like most people, when your garage door opener is working, you have no plans to replace it. However, unlike a television or toaster, your garage door can actually cause safety issues and incredible inconvenience when it eventually breaks. Most garage doors openers can last 10 years or more if maintained, but if you’re starting to experience any of these signs, it may be time to consider replacing your garage door opener.

  • Loud operation. If your garage door opener has gotten louder over the last year, it may be starting to wear out or be in need service. Often, loud operation is a sign you need your system lubricated; however, it can also be the sound of your motor dying.
  • Hesitation. Does your garage door jerk or hesitate as it opens or closes? These can be signs of issues with your opener, your hardware or an unbalanced garage door.
  • Intermittent slow response. Has your garage door refused to open or close when you use your remote? The battery could be going out on your remote, or there may be problems in the signal receiver.
  • Safety features not working. Does your garage door stop if there’s an object underneath it? If not, the safety mechanism may be broken or the lasers are not aligned.

If any of these issues sound familiar, it’s time to have your garage door and opener serviced and inspected. It’s worth the investment to have these problems repaired, or your opener replaced, before they cause the system to become non-operational. There are many new options available in garage door openers with features for added convenience to homeowners; don’t put off a preemptive replacement if it’s time to replace your garage door opener.

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Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

Does Your Car Have An Installed Garage Door Opener?

Many new vehicles are being manufactured with built-in garage door openers designed to remove the need for a separate remote control to open your garage door or automatic gate. With an easy-to-use remote built in to your vehicle, you can enjoy the convenience of an automatic opener with fewer security risks. This technology is similar in theory to a universal remote you might use to control your home entertainment devices, only for garage doors. 

Types Of Vehicle Installed Remotes

The two most commonly installed remote controls for your garage door opener are Homelink and Car2U. These devices often come factory installed in newer model vehicles, similar other upgrade options like satellite radio and OnStar. Most of these remotes can be programmed to open three different gates or garage doors. 

Is Your Garage Door Opener Compatible?

While these installed remotes can be convenient, they are not compatible with all garage door openers. Some older model garage door openers without the rolling code feature may not work with these remotes. If you have one of these remotes yet are not able to program it open your garage door, you have two options: 

  • Replace your garage door opener. If your opener does not include a rolling code feature, it will not work with these new remotes and may pose a security issue. Talk to your garage door service company about installing a newer opener which has rolling codes for you and your family’s protection. A new opener should be easily programmable to your car’s remote.
  • Install a conversion kit. For some openers which are not compatible with the new technology, there are conversion kits that will allow you to use Homelink or Car2U devices with your current opener. Your garage door opener company should be able to help you get the right conversion kit installed for your opener.

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