Garage Door Openers
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Garage door openers open garages – what else could you possibly need to know? You push the button, it opens; end of story. Well maybe once. But these days garage door openers open a world of possibilities. If you're looking at a new or replacement garage door opener you should talk to the experts at Garage Door Repair Keller Texas to find out the kind of options open to you now.
Chain, Belt, or Screw
Once your garage door opened with a chain, like a bicycle chain, but these days you have a choice of three different drive mechanisms. Chains continue to be popular because they're mechanically simple so easy to maintain and fix and reliable. The catch is they're also noisy, which can be a problem if your garage is integrated into the house near living and sleeping rooms.
Screw drives uses a threaded metal rod to move the door. That means fewer and more robust moving parts so maintenance is easier and failure less likely. Like chain drives, however, they feature metal on metal noise. The third option is a belt drive which uses a notched belt instead of a chain. The bonus is that this is much quieter than chains or screws, although belt drive devices tend to be more expensive. Talk to Garage Door Repair Keller Texas about what type of opener is going to work best for your home.
Typical garage door opening systems also turn on a light to help you see what's happening and which shuts itself off after a short interval on a timer. Smarter systems have motion detection that turn lights on when they sense you approach, there are also a number of auto-reverse systems involving either 'electric eye' beams or door edge sensors that stop the door if it tries to come down on a car and reverses the closing motor.
Remote Lockdown and Lockout
Security options have come a long way on modern garage door openers. Talk to Garage Door Repair Keller Texas about the possibilities of remote lockout which turns off the radio receiver of the system when you go away for a while meaning that the garage doors simply won't open. Or even forced-entry lockdown systems which securely lock the garage doors closed when the sensors detect an attempt to force the door open.
Smartphones, Wireless, and Fingerprints
Technology has crept into every aspect of our life and garage doors are no exception. Smartphones can now be used to open your garage door using WiFi and because your opener is now smart it can also track and log whenever your door opens and closes or alert you when it is opened unexpectedly or has failed to close. You can even get wireless keyboards for the outside of the house that include fingerprint scanners so that any authorized member of your family, or nominated third party can open the garage door with their fingerprints, meaning they don't need a key – a great fall back to make sure kids never get locked out. Talk to us at Garage Door Repair Keller Texas to find out more broken garage door springs.