How Do Garage Door Openers Work?

Written by Thomas Liquori on . Posted in Garage Door, Garage Door Opener

 
 
 
 

We often take mechanisms in our home or business for granted. Our Wi-Fi system sends out a signal and we connect. Plug in an electronic device, and our electrical systems do the rest. As far as plumbing is concerned, as long as the toilet doesn’t back up, we’re happy.

A garage door system is responsible for controlling more than we give it credit for. A door that opens and closes properly and securely can help protect your housewares and equipment from theft and weather damage, can keep your home or facility’s energy bills at a reasonable level, and can go a long way towards maintaining your home or business’s aesthetic.

Garage door openers are crucial parts of your garage door system. They ensure smooth functionality and help save you the effort of moving a heavy door on your own. If you’re ready to learn more about how a garage door opener works, read on for a brief explanation.

Garage Door Openers: A Multi-Faceted System

Generally, garage door openers are offered in one of two mounting varieties: wall or ceiling. You can choose from three different drive materials: belt, chain or screw, and each has its own set of advantages. Your opener system consists of two main components: the opener block and the tracks which house the drive materials.

Opener blocks are easily identifiable. Ceiling-mounted units usually include a light to illuminate your garage or storage space. Wall mount units are most easily found next to the drive tracks. Opener blocks contain parts that help power your garage door system and allow for user customization. A motor, which supplies energy, is typically the largest part inside the opener block. Located near the motor are gears that transfer this generated energy to the drive tracks.

Located near the motor is a height adjustment, which allows you to control how high you wish your door to rest. Near the height adjustment, you’ll find your opener block’s electrical inputs. If your opener is equipped with a backup battery, this is where it will be located.

The final element of your garage door opener block is the track guidance rail. This unit extends out of your opener and through to the tracks. A rubber belt, a metal chain or a metal screw are then responsible for your door’s movement. A belt will offer you the most silent operation, a chain the most cost-effective, and a screw offers the best of both worlds — but with a need for increased maintenance.

Is Your Garage Door Opener Behaving Oddly? Call Cookson Garage Door Sales of Arizona

Now that you have a basic understanding of how garage door openers function, you’re better equipped to spot unusual activity when it occurs. If you’re an Arizona home or business owner in need of garage door opener repair or replacement, Cookson Garage Door Sales can help. We are a Tempe-based garage door sales and service company that has proudly served area clients since 1991.

Contact us today to learn more about how our expert team can help you with your garage door needs!