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How to replace a garage door opener battery

Garage Door Replace Opener Battery

How to Replace a Garage Door Opener Battery

BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

We often get garage door service calls from customers who have door remotes that have stopped working. They generally assume that the garage door remote is broken, and that a new unit is the only option.

In most cases, a garage door opener that’s not working is nothing more than a dead battery. But maybe you’ve replaced the battery in your remote and it is still not working. Not to worry, we may be able to save that old remote yet. Today’s post covers everything you need to know for replacing a garage door opener battery and other tips to try for getting a remote back online.

How Your Garage Door Opener Remote Works

garage door opener remote Pushing your garage door remote sends a signal from the transmitter in the remote to the receiver located in the garage motor’s housing. This is done by radio transmission over a specific frequency. The signal is sent with a code that’s needed in order to complete the function of opening or closing your garage door. If the receiver doesn’t get the right code, it’s not going to work. This is done for security because if it didn’t require an encoded transmission, a single garage door remote may be able to open a slew of other doors.

When the garage door remote’s battery is failing or has failed, the transmitter is not able to send a strong enough encoded signal to the receiver. If you’ve replaced the battery and the remote is still not working, there may still be hope by reprogramming the remote. We’ll provide a quick tutorial on this process later on in the post

Checking the Batteries on a Garage Door Remote

garage door opener batteries If you carefully remove the back cover of your remote, you will see the battery inside the housing. There are several battery variations. The most common battery type that we encounter is what looks like a standard watch battery. These batteries usually have their type printed on top making getting a replacement easy. Replacement batteries are widely available online or just about any major retailer.

The next most common battery that you will find in these applications is a standard 9-volt battery. These batteries are also widely available online or through major retailers. Slightly less common batteries our technicians encounter are very small alkaline batteries. These can be a little harder to find but any battery store should be able to help you find a suitable replacement.

Garage Door Remotes 101: How to Replace Garage Door Opener Battery

When you know the right-sized battery for your garage door opener remote, the process of replacement is fairly straightforward. Follow the steps below to replace your garage door opener battery.

  1. Locate the Battery Compartment
    Turn the garage door remote over and open the remote’s battery compartment usually by just sliding down on the cover. Sometimes you’ll need to pull the sun-visor clip out first. If so, just slide the clip down and out and then you can access the battery compartment. You may also have a clicker that screws together with very small screws like what you’d find in a pair of eyeglasses. Another variation is one which simply snaps together and can be pulled apart.
  2. Take Out the Old Battery
    Once you have access to the battery compartment, carefully remove the old battery and set it aside. Most single-use batteries are deemed non-hazardous and okay to toss with your household trash. Just always make sure you follow your local ordinances for properly disposing of batteries.
  3. Clean the Compartment
    Brush any corrosion away from the terminal leads and give it a quick wipe with a clean cloth. If you have compressed air, you can use this to blow away any dust or other accumulations from the battery compartment.
  4. Replace the Battery
    Insert the new battery and make sure it’s snugly in place but don’t be too forceful as the remote’s housing can be delicate.
  5. Slide the Battery Cover Back on the Unit
    Replace the battery cover by reversing whatever process was used to open it. Remember to be careful with the small plastic components as even a little too much force can snap the tabs that allow the battery unit to slide back together.

Reprogramming a Garage Door Opener Remote

Homeowners often miss the most important step to getting their remotes up and running again after replacing the battery. For security purposes, whenever the garage door remote’s battery has died, the remote will need to be reprogrammed to the garage door opener. When you remove the battery from a remote, or the remote goes dead, it loses its secure connection to the garage door opener. You may also have a situation where one remote goes missing and you’d like to reset the opener’s code. In either case, reprogramming your remote will create a new, secure signal from your transmitter to the receiver.

Reprogramming a garage door remote can be a little different depending on the model of your opener. If you still have it or by searching online, pull up the manual for your garage door opener and find the section on remote programming. For newer models, this process can be very easy since they usually have a single “learn” button on the side for pairing the remote back to the opener. Older units can be a little more involved with the use of switches to accomplish reprogramming the coded signal. \

When a Garage Door Goes Bad

Time and the elements take their tolls on your remote just like everything else, and sometimes a defective unit does make it past quality assurance testers. If your garage door opener is relatively new, your remote may still be under warranty and a new unit can be sent by the manufacturer. Otherwise, you’ll need to search for a replacement opener.

Whenever you search for a replacement it’s best to get one made by your unit’s manufacturer rather than a universal. Working in the industry for decades, we’ve come to rely on reputable manufacturers like LiftMaster for high-quality products homeowners can rely on.

Getting Help with Your Garage Door Remote

To get additional help with programming your garage door remote or with finding a replacement, contact our team to schedule a service appointment. With many years of experience repairing all major brands, we’re confident we can solve your garage door repair issues quickly. At Presto, we consider it a privilege that we get to help our friends and neighbors in the Charlotte Metro area with their garage door issues. With highly-competent technicians and 24-hour availability, our team is always ready to provide a great service experience.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Genie Garage Door Opener

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    Genie Garage Door Opener

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Genie Garage Door Opener

    Most people have heard of Genie Garage Door openers. Whether this be by owning one of their many products or through their company branding and advertising. Genie is one of the most recognized brands in the garage door industry. Genie garage door openers are typically sold in the big box stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot. However, there are also professional Genie garage door opener models that are sold by garage door opener dealers. Genie offer both retail and DIY models and professional models. Listed in this blog post are some of the variations and features to the Genie line of openers.

     


    Just like other brands, Genie garage door openers come in belt, chain and screw drive options. Depending on what you are looking for, you have many options to choose from.

    The Professional Line Up:

    In the Professional line up, you have the following options that come in both belt or chain drive. Keep in mind that the biggest difference in chain or belt is that the belt is a more quiet opener.

    Option #1

     

    InteliG 1000 or 1200: these two openers offer  3/4 HP, 2 -100 watt bulbs and a Limited Lifetime Warranty. They also are compatible with the new Battery Back Up option. With this option, you will never get left out of your garage, even when the power is out. These openers are quite powerful and are a great options for the larger, heavier doors.

     


    Option #2

     

    ReliaG 850 or 800:  Also available in both belt and chain, the ReliaG 850 and 800 are 1/2 HP Genie Garage Door Openers. They have a 10 year warranty. The 850 is a DC powered opener  that offers a more quiet start. These two options are great for either single or double car doors.

     


    Option #3


    ReliaG 650/600:  These two Genie garage door openers are a more economical option from the Genie line up. They offer a 5 year warranty and are 1/2 HP motors. The 650 is a DC powered motor where the 600 is a standard AC motor.


    All the above Genie Garage door openers come with many available accessories such as
    remote controls, the New Battery Back Up option, and keyless entries. Also, keep in mind that for doors over 7 feet tall, you will need the extension rail option for your door.

     

    DIY Models:

    If you are in the market for more of a retail or DIY version of Genie Garage Door Openers that you can pick up at your local home improvement store, check out the following.

     

    Option #1


    Belt Drive for the more quiet performance.


    Silentmax 1200/1000: Comes standard with 3/4 HP motors, Lifetime warranty on the motor and Gearbox and 2- 100 watt bulbs. The difference in the 2 motors is that the 1200 model offers  motion detecting lighting and opens at a speed of 9 inches per second.

     


    Option #2


    ChainMax 1000: this Genie garage door opener is  a 3/4 HP 140 Volt DC powered, chain drive opener. It offers a soft start and stop option, 2- 100 watt light bulbs and opens at a rate of 7.5 inches per second.


    So, as you can see, if you are in the market for a new Genie Garage Door opener, the Genie Company has you covered. Choose from the many options available to you.


    Tips: when choosing your new opener, keep in mind the height and weight of your garage door and also if you need the more quiet options available. Also, take note of the options you are looking for such as the ever handy, battery back up so that you are never locked out.


    In the above post, you probably noticed that I did not cover any screw drive models. That’s because I don’t recommend them. In my experience, Genie screw drive door openers have more service issues than any other door openers that I have encountered. Call today for fast garage door opener quotes and same day installations in The Charlotte and Raleigh Areas.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    How To Align Garage Door Sensors

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    How To Align Garage Door Sensors

    At Presto Garage & Gutter, one of the most common garage door repair calls that we get are related to the garage door safety sensors. In this post, we’ll cover a few of the basics including what garage door sensors are, how they function, and how to align them. We’ll also look at different solutions available that can help fix garage door sensor issues from reoccurring.

    What Are Garage Door Safety Sensors?

    In the early 1990s, new laws were put in place to help keep homeowners safe from being injured by closing garage doors. This increase in safety requirements was called the UL 325 standard. Essentially, the law stated that a garage door must have a safety reversing device. To meet this new standard, manufacturers began producing garage door openers with safety sensors.

    Openers are now also built with settings that allow the motor to sense if the garage door has touched an object while closing, and are meant to reverse the door when this happens. The UL 325 standard helps maintain a consistent level of safety for manufacturers to follow as they produce new garage doors. Even with these in place, there are several issues that can prevent your garage door safety sensor from working properly.

    How Garage Door Safety Eyes Work

    At Presto, we sell high-quality garage door openers from reputable manufacturers like LiftMaster® and Linear motors. While our team is experienced in a wide range of openers, the advice discussed in this post is based on how these specific brands of openers generally function.

    LiftMaster and Linear openers come with two sensing units. One of the units is a sending unit, and the other is a receiving unit. The sensors’ “safety eyes” are pointed straight at one another, so that a laser beam emitted from the sender is received by the sister unit. In the event that an object is in the way of the garage door closing, the beam between the two units becomes broken and the garage door opener will reverse. A light may flash as a warning of the impediment and the motor won’t close the door until the issue is resolved.

    Common Reasons For Garage Door Sensors Not Working

    After several decades helping Carolinians fix garage door issues, it’s true that sometimes your garage door safety sensors have reached the end of their useful life and will need to be replaced. But it is far more common that a simple issue caused by everyday wear and tear is keeping your sensors from working properly.

    The top reasons why your garage door won’t close are:
    • The two sensors have been knocked out of line alignment with one another.
    • A foreign object is obstructing the beam between the units.
    • The beams are covered in cobwebs or other debris that’s preventing a solid beam from being transmitted and received.
    • Bright sunlight hitting the sensors is interfering with the signal’s integrity.

    How to Align a Garage Door Sensor

    If you have a safety beam that’s out of line, the good news is the fix is usually fairly easy to accomplish in just a few minutes. You may need a screwdriver or pliers to help loosen the connecting wingnut of the mounting bracket holding each sensor. Work to point the sensors straight at one another until they are aligned properly. Visualizing as close as possible will usually do the trick but most units now also have LED lights on the safety sensors that let you know when they are aligned correctly.

    If the quick realignment method doesn’t work, you’ll need to move on to a slightly more involved process. Here’s the solution in a few easy steps:

    1. Turn off power to the sensors.
    2. Using a screwdriver or pliers, loosen the screw holding the unit into the mounting bracket.
    3. Adjust each unit to 6” off the ground. If placed too high, the sensors will fail to pick up something low enough to go underneath.
    4. Hand-tighten the mounting bracket screws just enough to hold each sensor in place.
    5. Run a string from one sensor to the other.
    6. Use a level at the bottom of the string and adjust as necessary to get level.
    7. Tighten the mounting screws all the way to keep them in place but be careful not to jostle out of position.
    8. Turn back on the power and test the unit.
    While realigning the units, it’s also a good idea to clean them well. Using a soft towel, brush any debris off the unit being careful to wipe the sensor lense. Make sure any objects are well away from the sensors and the garage door’s path. This will keep the door from being damaged, and won’t cause issues with reversing when you try to close.

    Fixing Garage Door Sensor Sunlight Issues

    In some cases, customers have bright sunlight shining down on their garage doors causing their garage safety sensors to fail. When your door is open, this bright light can be stronger than the beam emitted from your garage door sensors. When this happens, it can confuse the opener by breaking the beam and causing the unit to reverse or refuse to close. LiftMaster makes a great safety sensor sun shield kit that our technicians can install to help eliminate this issue.

    Overriding a Garage Door Opener System

    If you are having issues with sunlight or something else that you can’t figure out, it’s easy to override the safety mechanism to get your door to close. On door opener models installed by Presto, it’s usually as simple as holding down the close button until the door seals to the floor. You can also utilize the emergency release cord which disconnects the door from the opener carriage so that it can be closed manually.

    Please note, these remedies don’t fix the underlying problem, but they do allow you to close the door and secure your belongings until your scheduled service appointment takes place. Whenever you need to override your garage door safety system, always make sure there are no pets, children, or any other objects nearby that might be in the path of the door closing.

    Installing Garage Door Sensor Guards

    garage door sensor guards If you have issues with your sensors frequently getting knocked out of line, you can usually solve this issue for good with garage door sensor guards. These guards wrap around the units, so that they can’t be bumped out of line and afford an additional layer of protection from everyday wear and tear.

    Our technicians can have these units installed quickly and professionally both for on-track or wood framing-mounted units. We always recommend having sensor guards installed with any new garage door opener installation. They’re relatively inexpensive and help prolong the useful life of your garage door sensor unit.

    Is Your Garage Sensor Receiving Power?

    Before you schedule a time to have a Presto technician install new garage sensors, make a final check of the electricity being supplied to your units. If you don’t see any lights illuminated on your sensor, this can mean that the sensor is not receiving power.

    With the power supply turned off, check the wires leading to the sensor for any loose connections. Also, check your breaker box for a tripped breaker. You’d be surprised at how many electrical issues are solved with tightening a loose wire. However, if you’re still having issues related to the power to your garage door sensors, it’s recommended to call on a licensed electrician.

    How to Tell if Your Garage Door Sensor Needs Replacement

    If you’ve checked the alignment, cleaned the unit and the space around them, and have checked for electrical issues but your sensors are still not working, it may be time to replace your garage door sensors.

    Presto technicians will diagnose your garage door sensor issues during the service call and then outline a plan of action going forward. We’ll never proceed on a repair or install any parts before you give our team permission to do so.

    Schedule a Service Call to Fix Your Garage Door Sensor

    At Presto, our technicians have the experience and tools necessary to get your garage door back online quickly. For garage door repair and sensor issues, we’ll diagnose the root causes and walk you through all your options so you can make the best decision for your situation.

     

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Pella Garage Doors Charlotte

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    Pella Garage Doors Charlotte

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Pella Garage Doors are quickly becoming one of the more popular garage doors on the market today. For decades, Pella has produced some of the finest windows in the country. A great manufacturing process, innovative products, quality materials and superb customer support has made Pella a household name. For this reason, Lowe’s Home Improvement has borrowed the Pella name to sell Amarr garage doors. For years, when you visited Lowe’s to look at a garage door you were sold a brand called Reliabilt. Those of us in the industry knew full well that Reliabilt did not manufacture garage doors. Reliabilt was just the name plastered on the side of Amarr garage doors. In the vast number of cases, the door wasn’t even labeled as Reliabilt. They were sold as Reliabilt, and then a local door installer would pick up an Amarr garage door at the local Amarr distribution center and install it on your home. Now, Lowe’s has stepped it up a bit further and put together a licensing deal with Pella. In this instance, Pella has not only licensed Amarr doors, but they have put their name and confidence behind the brand and offered an extended warranty on all of the products. We were so impressed by these warranties that we decided to sign an exclusive agreement with Pella to offered their garage doors. What turned out so well is that we were able to use our buying power to negotiate even better prices for the Pella product than buying Amarr. So, our clients get a better price on a great product with a better warranty.

    Choosing an Installer

    When buying a Pella Garage Door, the choices in your area are slim. You would have to buy from Lowe’s or Garage Doors & More.

    Why would you choose us over Lowe’s?

    • We have In-house technicians and support staff, they don’t.
    • We have our own trucks and installers, they don’t.
    • We can complete repairs and service you after the sale, they can’t.
    • We offer free in home estimates, they don’t.

    While Lowe’s is a great company, they just don’t have the capability to compete with the expertise and availability of a local garage door company totally dedicated to one industry, garage doors.

    If you would like a free in home estimate on a new garage door give us a call. We also install seamless gutters, and gutter guards, so we can handle that for you also if you have a need.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Vanilla Ice Installs The New 8550

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    Vanilla Ice Installs The New 8550

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Liftmaster Openers

    This video showcases the former rapper and now reality TV show star flipping houses. Since his stint in the music industry ended, Rob Vanwinkle aka Vanilla Ice has become a profitable real estate remodeler in South Florida. In this video, you get to see the Liftmaster Model 8500 in action.
    Give us a call to get a price on a new Liftmaster 8550 or a new Amarr Garage Door.

    We service the entire Charlotte Metro area.

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    • Kannapolis
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    • Fort Mill
    • Mint Hill
    • Mooresville
    • Mount Holly
    • Stanley
    • Waxhaw
    • Weddington
    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Chamberlain Technical Support

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    Chamberlain Technical Support

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Many homeowners do searches online to look for specific support with their Chamberlain garage door openers. Companies like mine only sell Liftmaster Professional garage door openers. We do not sell or offer support for these retail models. Why you might ask? This is because we have do not keep records on Chamberlain retail models. We do not keep records of Chamberlain Model numbers in our office. Although many of these openers have compatible parts to the Professional Models, we do not have the information in our system to properly cross reference these models and their higher equivalents in the Liftmaster Professional line.  Below, you will find the Chamberlain Technical Support Phone Number and their hours of operation.

    The Chamberlain Company provides technical support to their customers Monday through Friday from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Saturday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Use the chart below for their business hours for each time zone.  For technical support it is always best to have your model number handy. The year of manufacture and the model number should be on the back cover of your garage door motor. You may also want to be prepared to run some diagnostic testing while you are on the phone, so calling from a cordless phone or cellphone would be needed. Their number is 1-800-528-5880.

    I hope this information proves to be helpful.

     Arizona TimeHawaii TimeAlaska TimePacific TimeMountain TimeCentral TimeEastern TimeAtlantic Time
    Mon – Fri5AM – 6PM2AM – 3PM4AM – 5PM5AM – 6PM6AM – 7PM7AM – 8PM8AM – 9PM9AM – 10PM
    Sat7AM – 4PM4AM – 1PM6AM – 3PM7AM – 4PM8AM – 5PM9AM – 6PM10AM – 7PM11AM – 8PM

    If you are in the Charlotte area and would like a repair on your garage door opener, or a quote on a Garage Door give us a call.

     

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    • Mint Hill
    • Mooresville
    • Mount Holly
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    • Weddington
    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Liftmaster 8500 vs Wayne Dalton I-Drive

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    Liftmaster 8500 vs Wayne Dalton I-Drive

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    I have written this article for homeowners with Wayne Dalton I-drive openers that may need to be repaired or replaced. In recent times, many Wayne Dalton franchises have begun to discontinue the I-drives and no longer carry parts. Below, I will outline the benefits to upgrading your Wayne Dalton opener to a Liftmaster.

    Benefits of the Liftmaster 8500

    The Liftmaster 8500 was designed in the mold of Liftmaster commercial jackshaft garage door openers. The 8500 is an ultra-quiet, space-saving, wall-mounted jackshaft opener which is perfect when you need to save space or have an oversized door or cathedral ceiling. It mounts on the wall beside the garage door, so ceiling space is freed up for maximum storage. This unique system offers the added option of our Battery Backup system to let you in and out of your garage even when the power is out.

    Non Standard Applications

    In the residential market, there are very few choices in garage door openers for special applications. The two most popular being the Wayne Dalton I-drive and the Liftmaster 8500. There seem to be those that love the I-drive for it’s aesthetic appearance, but there doesn’t seem to be much debate when it comes down to service, options, and overall power. In my opinion, the Liftmaster 8500 wins easily.

    The biggest flaw that we have seen in the past with the I-drive is that it seems to lose cable tension, and this allows the cables to come off of the drums. This can easily damage a door, and is a typical service call for our technicians at our company. Personally, I believe that this is down to a design issue. When I first had the chance to repair the I-Drive, I noticed that the opener did not have a cable slack sensor, or force adjustments. This is a standard feature on the Liftmaster 8500. The addition of these features would have made the I-drive a much better opener.

    The next issue I’d like to cover with the i-drive is it’s motor, and how it compares with the Liftmaster 8500. The I-drive has a ½ hp AC motor that seems to do well on lighter steel doors. We have worked on these in the past with custom wood doors, and they struggled a bit to get the door moving. The Liftmaster 8500 has a powerful DC motor with an optional battery back up, and these work well on large doors of up to 14’ tall. The down side to this opener is it’s large size when compared to the i-drive. Overall, neither are bad openers, but it you are looking for performance, battery back up capability, and easy access to expert technicians the Liftmaster 8500 is the way to go.

    To discuss these products further, please feel free to leave a comment below. If you’d like to schedule a visit with one of our technicians to see if a Liftmaster 8500 is right for your home give us a call today.

     

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    • Davidson
    • Denver
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    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Garage Door Opener

    Craftsman Garage Door Opener

    craftsman garage door opener

    Craftsman Garage Door Opener

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Not Exclusively Sold At Sears

    When consumers hear the name Craftsman, they generally think of tools with great warranties that are sold exclusively at Sears. Over the years, Sears has added an entire line of home and garden products for the do-it-yourselfer. One of those product lines that have been added is garage door openers. Unlike some other products in the Craftsman line, the Craftsman Garage Door Opener is a rebrand of a Chamberlain Garage Door Opener. At 1st glance, these openers are of the same quality as many other Craftsman products. However, those of us with more experience dealing with garage door openers know that retail models, such as these, are of much lower quality than what can be purchased for a similar price from a local door dealership.

    Will a Retail Model be best for my Garage Door?

    When trying to decide which garage door opener is best for your home you will need to gather a bit of information.

    You will need to know:
    • The size of your garage door
    • The Weight of your garage door
    • The Number Of Times Your Door is Used Daily
    • Is Noise a Big Issue?

    Liftmaster Professional Vs Retail Models

    When looking at pictures of garage door motor heads in pictures, you will see very little difference in professional and retail models. The major difference in these openers is when you make a side by side evaluation of the opener’s rail system. The rail system is the part of the opener that connects your motor head to the wall above your garage door. This rail also supports the chain or belt system and helps support the weight of the door when the door opens and closes. Due to the high demands placed on the rail system, I think that it’s of utmost importance to have the strongest rail system available. If the manufacturer did not think that it was important, they would not use the extra resources to build such a powerful rail system in their Liftmaster Professional line.

    Solid Rail vs 3 or 4 pc Rail

    Every so often, we have a customer buy an opener from a home store and ask us to install it for them. This is rarely pleasurable for our technicians. Retail model garage door openers are designed to fit in a small box and be light weight. These compromises make for a much lighter garage door rail system that’s been broken down in to many parts. The biggest compromise in this configuration is that the rail system is broken down in to 3 sections on 7 ft tall doors and 4 sections on 8’ tall doors. Other than being a headache to assemble, these rail systems are thin and the joints are the biggest weakness in the product line. If a homeowner has a coupon or special offer that makes one of these openers very reasonably priced, I would only do so on a light weight single car garage door. Just be sure to properly adjust the garage door springs, so that there is no undue pressure put on the garage door opener from a door that is not working smoothly.

    Chain Drive vs Belt Drive

    I’d like to start by saying that cost is almost always an issue with our customers. Whether it be a home builder or a single mom, budget is the most common topic when making a choice between door openers. It doesn’t happen every day, but we do have many customers that regret trying to save $30 or $40 and not buying a belt driven model. Although chain drive models are very durable, they do make more racket than a quality belt drive opener. If this extra noise is not an issue then a chain drive model will do nicely. Just keep in mind that many low end retail models, like some offered by Craftsman and Chamberlain, have wall stations that are basically door bells. These door bells have no lighting controls or security functionality. In the end, we think that if it’s at all possible, invest in a belt drive openers. You will get the durability of a chain system, along with quiet operation. Note: I did not make mention of screw drive models here because I do not recommend using them.

    AC Motors vs DC Motors

    AC vs DC was once a major battle in the electric industry. Edison, JP Morgan and GE were pushing DC power, while Westinghouse and Tesla were backing the concept of AC power. Eventually, GE got their hands on the pattons to AC power and AC became the standard for our rising industrial empire. In recent years, the garage door industry has started to use DC power in many of their more innovative designs.

    What are the advantages to DC powered openers?
    • Battery back up compatible
    • Super Quiet Operation
    • More energy efficient

    No matter if you decide on a retail model or professional model opener, you can easily get your hands on an AC or DC powered motor. Liftmaster has recently released the MyQ opener in many of their offerings and they include AC openers and battery back up models. These battery back up openers give the advantage of using your garage door opener even if your power goes out.

    My Picks & Recommendations:

    If budget is not the largest concern, and you want a super quiet opener that will work when the power is out, then the Liftmaster 8550 is the cat’s meow. It has a battery back up, DC power and a solid one piece belt rail system. This opener generally sells for under $400, including professional installation. One slight step below the 8550 is Liftmaster’s 8355, AC powered opener. It still has most of the advantages of the 8550, but you lose the battery back up. This opener is also very reasonably priced at about $50-$60 less than the 8550. For homeowners that want reliability and you have a double car garage door or a heavier single car door then a Liftmaster 3255 will work out well. These openers are very reasonably priced. Many dealers often run specials on these openers at less than $300 with professional installation. Other than the one piece rail system, you will get a control station with more functionality than most entry level retail models offered at a similar price.

    To close, I would like to stress the importance of a thorough door service and tune up when installing a new door opener. Contrary to the belief of many laymen, the door opener is not built to lift the garage door. The opener is merely there to assist the door and tell it when to open and close. It’s more for convenience and security than anything else. No matter who you purchase your opener from, just be sure that your doors’ springs are properly adjusted and all parts are tight, aligned and lubricated. In many cases, the old opener died as a result of a door not in good working order.

    • Belmont
    • Charlotte
    • Cornelius
    • Concord
    • Davidson
    • Denver
    • Gastonia
    • Huntersville
    • Harrisburg
    • Indian Trail
    • Indian Land
    • Kannapolis
    • Matthews
    • Fort Mill
    • Mint Hill
    • Mooresville
    • Mount Holly
    • Stanley
    • Waxhaw
    • Weddington
    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Garage Door, Garage Door Opener

    Wayne Dalton Garage Door

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    Wayne Dalton Garage Door

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

     

    Wayne Dalton Repair and Replacement

    Many folks are going to find this blog post because they have an issue with their garage door or opener. You may have found the Wayne Dalton name on your door and headed to the web to look for answers. You may find them here, but then again, you may just find me belly aching over a product line that I’m not particularly impressed with. In the garage door industry, the woods are full of garage door manufacturers that produce a quality product. The best door for one user may not be great for someone else. It’s all about application. However, I’ve yet to run across a Wayne Dalton Door that was manufactured in recent years that I would install on my home. I will say however that our commercial department has repaired many Wayne Dalton Commercial products that seemed pretty decent.

    Some Builders Are Really Cheap!

    Many garage doors that we repair were installed by national home builders. These builders generally worry about cost first and foremost. That’s why these large home builders set up national deals with companies like Wayne Dalton. It’s all about the dollar, and not so much about user experience or product life. In defense of Wayne Dalton, when asked to cut margins to make deals, you must produce a product that is still profitable. You get what you pay for. When the homes are built, many homeowners care most about the look of the home. Lighting, bath fixtures, landscaping, etc are the biggest areas of concern. The garage doors are an afterthought. That is, until things start to go wrong!

    The Wayne Dalton Torquemaster Spring

    The Torquemaster is a spring assembly designed by Wayne Dalton that employs the use of a small tube that covers very small torsion springs. This is somewhat like a commercial rolling steel door. However, the use of plastic and extremely low gauge steel springs has made the system a real miss for many homeowners. That aside, here’s the kicker. When a customer has a standard torsion spring on their door they can choose to fix a broken spring or cables themselves. If not, they can call pretty much any garage door company that they choose. This allows customers to shop for the best deal, and in many cases, they have to find someone in a hurry. When it’s time for work, your spring is broken and the car is stuck in the garage, you need service now. However, when you have a Wayne Dalton Torquemaster spring assembly you are at their mercy. You can only buy replacement parts from Wayne Dalton. I’ve personally waited for 3 weeks for a replacement spring to arrive for one of our customers. That was the last time that I ever ordered a spring from them. Our company, and may others, have now built packages around the conversion of these spring systems. The conversions can be configured to provide a lifespan up to 5 times the life of a standard 10k cycle Torquemaster spring. The best part is that the cost difference is minimal, if any at all.

    The Wayne Dalton I-Drive

    When the I-Drive was released, it was seen by many as being very innovative. The opener could be used used in many applications that a standard garage door opener just won’t work. However, not long after the release we began to get a lot of service calls to repair these I-Drives. To date, the I-Drive has been discontinued by Wayne Dalton. Our local branches in the Charlotte, NC or Raleigh area does not carry replacement parts. Luckily, in recent years, Liftmaster has released an opener that fills the gap nicely. The Liftmaster 8500 will give a customer a great alternative to the I-Drive. The catch is that if you have a Torquemaster spring assembly the 8500 is not dice. The 8500 is only compatable with a torsion spring assembly. There is another great opener made by Sommer that can be used in place of the I-Drive no matter the existing spring assembly. However, you will have to obtain a conversion kit to install the opener on the top of your horizontal track. These openers are super quiet, and have a lifetime warranty out of the box.

    New Installations

    I’m sure that many local areas have Wayne Dalton dealerships with wonderful staff that will treat you well. Our local area Wayne Dalton has a nice group of quality people. If you have an eye on a Wayne Dalton door, I can personally put you in touch with the right person in their office. I would just advise that you stay away from their builder grade models. You’ll thank me later if you buy a door that is at least 1-3/8” thick. I would also recommend that you buy a door that is at least 25 gauge or thicker. Be advised that a nominal 25 gauge door is really a 26 gauge door, and a 26 gauge door is paper thin and flimsy. I’ve run across their builder grade doors that I could easily puncture and others that were falling apart in my hands.

    Repairs

    There is no reason to replace a door or opener only in need of minor repairs. I would highly recommend that you shop with local dealers to convert your torquemaster assembly to a standard high cycle torsion system. Companies like ours do so with a lifetime spring warranty. It’s pretty much the same cost as replacing one of your Torquemaster springs. If you have an I-Drive on the fritz, I would call a local dealer that sells Liftmaster or Sommer openers. They will be able to provide you an opener that will nicely replace a broken down I-Drive.

    In North and South Carolina, our company provides garage door installation and repairs. We also provide parts and repair services. However, our blog is mostly frequented by those not located in our service area. Leave a comment below, and I will be glad to help assist you with a referral to someone that can provide parts for your Wayne Dalton repairs if that is what you need.

     

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    • Charlotte
    • Cornelius
    • Concord
    • Davidson
    • Denver
    • Gastonia
    • Huntersville
    • Harrisburg
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    • Indian Land
    • Kannapolis
    • Matthews
    • Fort Mill
    • Mint Hill
    • Mooresville
    • Mount Holly
    • Stanley
    • Waxhaw
    • Weddington
    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Garage Door Opener

    Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

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    Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    When many homeowners have an issue with their garage door opener, they visit their local home store for a solution. Most stores that deal with hardware will carry a small selection of garage door related items. A great number of these stores, such as, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sears sell a retail version of many professional brands of openers. The most popular of the retail brands on the market is Chamberlain. Chamberlain is made by the most innovative garage door opener manufacturer in the world, Liftmaster. In this post, I will examine the difference between retail and professional models, and how you might go about choosing a new garage door opener.

    Things that you may want to consider:

    • Size of door
    • Weight of door
    • Number of times the door is used per day
    • Is there a room above or beside the garage

    The Rail System

    The major difference in a Chamberlain garage door opener and a Liftmaster garage door opener is the rail system. Chamberlain openers are made to fit in a small box and fit neatly on a store shelf. To accomplish this, the rail system has to be broken down in to small pieces and be light weight. That’s why the rail systems for Chamberlain openers come in 3 pieces that must be assembled. If you have a door that is taller than 7′ the rail system will need an extension which makes it four pieces. In my opinion, the steel that comprises these rail systems are too thin, and the joints cause weakness. That’s why, I only recommend the use of these rail systems on single car garage doors that are very light.

    Chain or Belt or Screw

    Both Chain and Belt rail systems are very durable. The major difference that a customer will see between a chain and a belt system is the noise that they make. Belt openers are generally much quieter. If you have a very small door that’s light weight and you are not concerned with a little extra noise you can use a Chamberlain Power Drive or another retail version of a ½ HP Chamberlain Opener. For anything larger, I would employ the use of a Liftmaster Professional Opener. As for Screw Drive Openers, I just don’t recommend them. We have used Genie screw drive openers in the past with a poor service record.

    The Motor

    The next step in choosing a door opener is to determine the number of times a day an opener is used. Historically, most garage door openers have been AC powered. In recent years, many manufacturers have started to use DC power also.
    The advantage with DC power is:

    • DC openers are battery back up compatible
    • Quiter Operation
    • More energy efficient


    Both Liftmaster and Chamberlain sell AC and DC powered motors. If a homeowner were looking for a super quiet opener that gets a lot of use, and wants to use a battery back-up  then there’s no better option than DC power. If the opener gets used less than 8 times a day then a standard AC opener will do a great job.

    My Recommendations:

    If you have a small door and noise is not an issue then the Liftmaster 3255 chain drive or the Chamberlain Power Drive will get the job done. For double car garage doors, the Liftmaster 8355 or 8550 is my overall pick of the Liftmaster family which also includes Craftsman, Stanley and Accessmaster garage door openers.

    Note: If you have a double car garage door that is not insulated or seems to be very light you can go with a Chamberlain Whisperdrive. These openers are also quiet and reliable in the right application.

    • Belmont
    • Charlotte
    • Cornelius
    • Concord
    • Davidson
    • Denver
    • Gastonia
    • Huntersville
    • Harrisburg
    • Indian Trail
    • Indian Land
    • Kannapolis
    • Matthews
    • Fort Mill
    • Mint Hill
    • Mooresville
    • Mount Holly
    • Stanley
    • Waxhaw
    • Weddington
    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.