I came home to a door about 75% shut. When I try to open or
close the door, my very old opener shudders and grinds. I'll
take it down and look at it, but I'm pretty sure I'm in the
market for a new unit.
What's good out there?
On Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:01:21 -0500, against all advice, something
compelled firstname.lastname@example.org, to say:
It looks like the belt drive is sold to those with noise issues.
Noise isn't an issue for me. I live alone, so when the door is
moving I'm usually in the car. And if I'm not in the car, I'm in
the garage, not the bed.
Is there some other advantage to the belt drive besides how much
noise it makes when it's running?
Sounds like two problems- jamming door and burned out motor or stripped
gear in the opener. Make sure the door opens and closes smoothly when
operated manually, before installing a different opener.
I bought a Sears screw drive a few years ago. Once a year, almost like
clockwork, the trolley rack (the piece that engages the screw drive) strips, and
I have to replace it. The first time Sears sent me a replacement part under
their warranty, but the second time they wanted to send a repairman out, who I
would have to pay $60+, to confirm I needed the part. So, I resigned myself to
replacing it (for about $15) once a year...
I won't buy or recommend one of these to anyone, nor would I recommend anyone
rely on Sears' warranty any more.
What are people's reliability experiences with Sears belt vs screw drive, and
Genie vs Sears screw drive?
Release the door from the opener arm & see it the door works easily by
But if yours is making nasty noises it might be more than a door
I have good luck with Genie, Liftmaster & Sears.
The Genie & the LIftmasters were screw drive; Sears were chain drives.
I like the screw drives but I'm really not sure the realtive benefits
of each type.
I assembled and installed a HeathKit screw drive opener for my 16' wooden
door in 1972. In 1997, the phase-shift capacitor failed. I was gonna
call Heath and complain ... they disappeared. I put in a new cap. The
opener continues to work just fine. On a couple of occasions, I found
that one of the torque springs had broken some time earlier and my opener
never even noticed! Screw drive openers rock.
On Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:30:06 -0800 (PST), against all advice,
The door is fine. I can open and close it by hand with little
The house was built in the early seventies, and I'm sure that the
opener is original. It's time has come.
I bought a Genie HyperVelocity (sp?) screw drive, and I'll
install it this weekend. Thank you all for your input.
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