BUYER'S GUIDE

A helpful guide to find the right garage door opener for you from our friends at The Chamberlain Group

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BELT AND CHAIN DRIVE GARAGE DOOR OPENERS?

In most standard garage door openers, a motor drives a trolley along a track, either pulling the door open or pushing it closed. These two main drive systems control how the motor moves the trolley.

drive system

Chain drive garage door opener

CHAIN DRIVE

How It Works:

  • Uses a heavy-duty, bicycle-like chain.

Advantages:

  • Durable, dependable operation.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Great for standard aluminum doors.

belt drive garage door opener

BELT DRIVE

How It Works:

  • Uses a steel-reinforced rubber belt.

Advantages:

  • Ultra-quiet, smooth operation.
  • Ideal for garages next to bedrooms.

HOW MUCH LIFT POWER DO I NEED?

In all openers, the motor supplies the power to raise and lower the door. Higher lifting power, or horsepower equivalent, means the motor doesn’t have to work as hard and will typically last longer.


*For comparison purposes only; lift capacity similar to 1-1/4 or 3/4 horsepower AC motor. Lift capacity of DC motors is typically not measured in horsepower.

LIFT POWER

snow and ice garage door

MAX LIFT POWER

Equivalent to 1 1/4 HPS*

Ideal for:

  • Areas with extreme weather conditions.
  • Heavier or one-piece doors.

PLUS LIFT POWER

Equivalent to 3/4 HPS*

Ideal for:

  • Heavily used garages.
  • Homes with multiple drivers.
  • Preventing wear and tear.

garage doors

MED LIFT POWER

Equivalent to 1/2 HPS*

Ideal for:

  • Sectional aluminum doors,
  • Standard durability.

HOW DO I CONTROL MY GARAGE DOOR WITH MY SMARTPHONE?


If you want a smart garage, look for built-in Wi-Fi®. 

This connects the opener to your home network, enabling smartphone control. 

Then, all you need is the MyQ® App to:


  • Receive real-time activity alerts.
  • Open and close your garage door.
  • Set schedules to close your garage door or turn lamps on/off.
  • Sync with your home's other smart devices and platforms.

Chamberlain® Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener

Monitor and control your garage door from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. Opener connects directly to your home's Wi-Fi network, and sets up in minutes using your smartphone. 

HOW CAN I OPEN MY GARAGE DOOR WHEN THE POWER IS OUT?

SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS

If your area experiences severe weather, look for garage door openers with battery backup. Keeps the opener running when the power is down.Select models include Battery Backup, while a few others give you the option to add it, so you’ll be able to get in and out of the garage no matter what.

Check Out Chamberlain's Battery Backup Units We Currently Offer!

Check Out Chamberlain's Battery Backup Units We Currently Offer!