Everyday your Motorized Garage Storage Lift gets a workout. The coming and going of work and school routines involve pulling in and pulling out of the garage. Like all other facets of life there garage door has been turned electric so there is no more manual lifting. So how does the garage door work? What makes it open and close? And are there some ways that are more efficient than others? The motorized garage door is very convenient. In sleeting cold weather or abnormally hot heat waves you do not have to worry about getting out of your car to get into the garage. This creature comfort is often overlooked but makes our lives just a little easier day in and day out, but what makes them run so smoothly? There are three types of motors for the garage door: chain drive, screw drive, and belt drive.
Belt Drive Openers
The belt drive is the first option, but is often the most expensive. Belt drive openers offer a smooth operation that is reasonably quiet, causing some to say that the benefits are worth the cost. The chain drive motor is probably the most popular due to its simple benefits and affordable price tag. Consumers say that the noise of these units is an issue but for the variety available and the small price tag many choose to overlook this small flaw. Lastly, the screw drive is cheapest but has been described as slow moving and inefficient despite its minimal noise output. Which type of motor you choose depends on your budget as well as the type of garage door, and the material your door is made of. Wooden doors are heavier than other materials and need a sturdy motor that can handle the stress and weight of the door. Consider upgrading to a larger motor, or consult with a garage door specialist to make sure you are purchasing the right motor for your needs. Installing the right motor is important but homeowners must realize that regular maintenance is just as important. Some common problems with motors include loose parts, gear issues, and visible damage. Loose parts can affect the motor as well as the track and movement of the garage door, and could even hinder the function of the door if they are seriously out of place. The rubbing and friction caused by a loose bolt can be much more detrimental than many realize. Gear issues can be determined by listening for a whining or grinding noise when the motor is in use.
It is important to fix the motor as soon as this becomes obvious because continued use can cause serious and irreversible damage to the motor. Its always cheaper to repair and maintain than it is to replace the entire system so be sure to listen to what the system is telling you. Be sure to visibly inspect your unit regularly as even barely noticeable damage can be symptoms of burning, cracks, or frayed cords. This type of damage could be caused by the unit being hit by lighting, improper use, system stress above what the unit is rated for, and even rodent infestation. It is important to keep an eye on the functions and noises of your garage door, and make sure to purchase an appropriate motor for the type of garage door you have. Regular maintenance on your garage door will be a great step towards preventing damage or expensive replacements. If you have questions about the integrity of your system or need help purchasing a garage door opener, ask lots of questions to ensure you will get the bests fit for your system needs.