by Kristine Tucker, Demand Media
Choosing the best garage door opener for your home isn’t just about brand name or cost. It’s about functionality, features and available warranty options. Electric garage door openers fail during power outages, so you need to ensure that a new opener will allow you to open the garage door by hand when necessary. Proper garage door installation is critical to the well-being of residents, pets and automobiles that use the garage area.
Read Consumer Reviews
Research consumer review magazines and websites that provide first-hand knowledge and experience pertaining to a variety of garage door openers. Create a pros and cons list of each product by brand name and serial number to evaluate all of the information and compare it with other reviews. Talk to neighbors, friends and family to get their opinions and reviews on garage door openers. Research manufacturer sites for reviews, realizing those sites may have biases toward their own products.
Study the features of each garage door opener and compare them with other models and brands in the same price range. Opt for a model that has a turn-off switch. Evaluate the size and power of the motor, the noise level, the chain, the tracking for the chain, emergency features and the housing or casing for each garage door opener. If you find a model that you like, but you need more remote devices than the unit offers, you can likely order and program other remotes to respond to the door opener. Don’t let that issue alone be a deal breaker.
Research Warranty Options
Evaluate warranty options with each garage door. The best garage doors offer warranties that cover replacement parts, labor and material costs. Some manufacturers, hardware stores and home goods stores offer extended warranties, at a cost, to prolong coverage on a garage door opener. Read all fine print on warranties before determing which company offers the best coverage.
Understand Installation Instructions
Review installation instructions to ensure that the manual is easy to read and understand. If you aren’t hiring someone to professionally install the opener, make sure drawings, illustrations and text are legible and descriptive. The best garage door openers provide installation instructions that are simple and straightforward. Vague instructions make installation procedures difficult.
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