I'm replacing my 2 car garage door opener. The one that's in there is a
Stanley (not longer makes garage door openers) with a burned out PCB
board. I want one from a company that's going to be around for
replacement parts and has a good track record.
Stanley didn't make the GDO's, anyways...they simply licensed the name.
I've had/have one that's probably 30YO or maybe older by now.
If otherwise it's still good mechanically, and you're lucky to have a
local guy like the one here, call him up and ask him for a salvaged box
from one he's squirreled away for parts...I've saved up a couple extras
that he's removed and for a couple bucks each I'm good to go for quite
some time yet, I expect...
As for replacements, I don't think there's really a hill o' beans
between any of 'em that's actually significant. When I put one in the
other garage a few years that hadn't ever had one I just went down to
the local DoIt Best home center outlet when they had a coupon for a
chain-drive at $100 and change. It works just fine and has been (I
think) 3 year now...
I don't want to put anymore money into the one I have. It doesn't look
like a quality opener is all that expensive. I figure somewhere between
$375 to $500 installed with all the bells and whistles. The Stanley is
old and not worth fixing. I already looked into fixing it and it didn't
make financial sense.
I'd like to know the premier GDO mfgs: Genie? Chamberlain?
Most items in the price range do not make financial sense to repair. The
openers are usually less than $ 200 in the store. By the time you get a
repair part, it is almost half that much. If you hve to get someone to
actually do the repair , then a new one is still about the same price.
I would not worry if the company was going to be around for long or not as
far as the replacement parts.
There is some truth to that. It depends on what part fails.
If it's a $10 gear it's one thing. If it's a $75 circuit board, it's
I have 30+ years of experience with Sears, several units and no
On Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:09:46 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I've always bought Sears, mainly because it's easy but also I can get
another. The mounting doesn't change much so a new one will usually
drop in place fairly easily. They last at least a decade, so when
anything happens I just replace them. Repairing them isn't worth the
When I had my garage door replaced about 10 years ago, I just
called the nearest garage door business.
I would advise asking around the neighborhood to find somebody
with a good track record.
It cost me <$5 for the old box and about 10 minutes to swap the board.
That makes financial sense to me...I've about $10-15 "invested" in a
couple of others.
I don't think there's any significant difference between any of 'em and
surely don't think they can possibly be worth over $200 installed in an
existing location that's just a replacement.
On Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:16:18 -0500, "Existential Angst"
Apartments????? Not around here. Sometimes family rooms - but more
often shops and "man caves".
Pretty hard to sell a house here without a "legal parking space" -
which means behind the front of the building line. Don't need to use
it for parking, but it better be there. You will NOT get a legal
variance to close it off.
I'm no authority on this tho I've had them for at least 30 years. I
like Genie tho some say Lift Master is good. I don't think I've ever
had a Lift Master but had a Stanley at one time. FWIW, I once had a
burnt out board which I had replaced on another house and since I put
surge protectors on all my garage door openers. So far no burnt out
boards but I'm not sure if the surge protectors had anything to do
with that or just luck. My current Genie garage door opener is 14.5
yrs old and still working fine. I do lubricate the door, etc... if
that matters, annually.
I've always used Genie and have never had problems. All of them have
been screw drive. In 40+ years I've had one transformer burn out and
I was able to replace that myself and I had one "gear insert" (the
part in the carriage that meshes with the screw) wear out. I've still
got the original one I bought 40+ years ago working in a rental. The
newest one is their Accelerator (they might spell it differently)
model. It closes at normal speed but opens at double speed and it
self-adjusts its open and close limits.
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