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How Does My Garage Opener Work?

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The garage door opener is an essential component that adds convenience and security to our everyday routines. Have you ever wondered how this intricate system works? 

Your garage door opener relies on electricity to function. Most residential garage door openers are powered by a standard electrical outlet in your garage. Some advanced models may also come with a backup battery system to ensure the door can be operated during power outages. 

Garage door openers typically have one of three drive mechanisms: chain, belt, or screw. Chain Drive has a metal chain that is used to move the door along a track. Belt Drive uses a rubber or synthetic belt to move the door. Screw Drive uses a threaded steel rod which rotates to move the door. The choice of drive mechanism often depends on factors like budget, noise tolerance, and personal preference. 

The motor is the powerhouse behind your garage door opener. The motor is responsible for providing the necessary power to move the garage door up and down. 

Remote controls and wall consoles create convenience for the garage door. These small handheld devices or those built into your car’s visor, send signals to the opener to either open or close the door. With smart technology integration, some smart garage door openers allow you to open and close the garage door using a smartphone app. 

 

Most garage door openers are equipped with safety features to prevent accidents. These sensors mounted on either side of the garage door detect obstacles in the door’s path. If an obstruction is detected while the door is closing, the sensors will automatically reverse the door to prevent damage or injury.

Smart technology expands the functionality, security, and convenience of your garage. MyQ technology with LiftMaster allows unique PIN codes for access to your garage, real-time alerts, and remote access through your smartphone. As technology continues to advance, the garage door opener evolves, making daily life just a little bit easier and more secure. You deserve a garage door system that works to make your life easier. Contact us at Welborn Garage if you’re interested in upgrading your garage door opener.

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