Chamberlain Buying Guide

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Get the garage door opener that is right for you! Our buying guide will walk you through every aspect of a garage door opener to help narrow down what type of opener you need to fit your budget and lifestyle.

1. Drive System

This is the system that pulls the door open or pushes the door shut. It’s a motor that drives a trolley along a rail.

Chamberlain chain drive system for a garage door opener

Chain Drive

Like your bicycle this system uses a chain to hoist your garage door open and shut. They are noisier, but heavy-duty, budget-friendly, durable and dependable. Work great for aluminum doors.

Chamberlain belt drive system for a garage door opener

Belt Drive

Works like the chain-drive system but uses a steel-reinforced rubber belt instead. It has a smooth operation and is ultra-quiet, ideal for garages next to bedrooms.

2. Lift Power

How many horses are needed to lift your garage? The higher horsepower (lifting power) your motor can supply, the less work it will have to do, allowing your opener to last longer.

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Max Lift Power - 1 ¼ HPS

This type of motor is good for people who live in areas of extreme weather, heavier and one-piece doors will benefit from a motor with this kind of horsepower.

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Plus Lift Power - ¾ HPS

Are you always on the go? Do you have multiple drivers living in the house? This kind of motor is great for heavily used garages. It can help prevent against excessive wear and tear.

A family style home with a new concrete driveway and a two garage door home

Med Lift Power - ½ HPS

Use this kind of motor for standard, sectional aluminum doors.

4. Severe Weather Conditions

If you’re worried about the weather knocking out your power and garage door, look for an opener with a battery backup system. This will allow you ease and comfort, knowing you are able to get in and out of your garage no matter what.

Buying a garage door opener can be nerve-wracking, but hopefully, now you feel more comfortable and confident in making the right decision. Once you're ready to buy, shop our online store, or if you have more questions or concerns, visit your local Do it Best store

While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.


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