Top 4 Garage Door Opener Questions That Every Garage Home Owner Should Know

Tired of manually opening your garage doors? You know, getting out of your car on the cold rain and getting wet just to manually open your garage door? Ever thought about buying an automatic garage door? Oh trust me, there are still manual garage doors out there! Of course it’s more convenient but as with everything that we would like to purchase, we always have questions about the product we want to buy. The good thing about automatic garage doors is that it comes with a remote control garage door opener so you won’t have to get out of your car. So here are the most frequent questions about garage door openers:

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What is a garage door opener?

It’s basically a motorized device that has a sensor that opens and closes your garage door. Some are controlled by switches that are attached on the garage wall and the most popular is the remote control that’s usually carried by the owner. What makes it convenient really is the remote control. With one push of a button, your garage door opens. Of course when the remote controls’ battery dies, you can always opt to using one of the switches in the garage.

How much is a new garage door opener?

Well, it typically starts from $12 to $35 depending on the type and the model. The cheapest remote controlled garage door opener starts at $12 and the cheapest garage door opener switch starts at $20. The price for garage convenience is really not expensive but if you nonetheless want to spend more, the most expensive is just actually less than $100.

What are the frequency rates of garage door openers?

There has been some issues regarding the frequency used by garage doors, in fact, a public notice was released about this but these were rectified by the different manufacturers of garage door openers. Here’s a list of some of the frequencies that some manufacturers use:

The following standards are used by units manufactured by Chamberlain(including LiftMaster and Craftsman):

standards used by chamberlain* Does not apply to keyless entry keypads or universal remotes.

The following standards are used by units manufactured by Overhead Door Corporation and its subsidiary The Genie Company :

standards used by overhead and genieNote: There are no standard color codes for the learn button or LED on units manufactured by Overhead Door or Genie. All accessories made for later versions of Genie Intellicode and Overhead Door CodeDodger are backward compatible with previous generations of Intellicode and CodeDodger.

Who invented the electric garage door opener?

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C.G. Johnson invented the electric overhead garage door opener in 1926 in Hartford City, Indiana. His invention wasn’t really popular until the Era Meter Company of Chicago offered one after World War II. Back then, the overhead garage door could be opened through a key pad located on a post at the end of the driveway or a switch inside the garage.

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