Is It Time to Replace Your Garage Door Chain?

So how often should a garage door chain be replaced? As Indiana Jones would say, “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”

Most garage door chains can last between 10 and 15 years, but there are a lot of variables to consider. How often do you open your garage door? Some families use it 5 or more times a day. Some hardly use it all week. How often do you do restorative maintenance on it? Has your chain been oiled in the last year? These factors can all have an effect.

Another thing that affects the lifespan of a chain is its quality. Not all garage door chains are created equal. The age and quality of your garage door opener can also be a factor, as well as if it was installed properly.

Why You Should Consider Upgrading to a Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

If you are in the market for a new garage door opener, you might consider upgrading to a belt driven garage door opener. This type of opener uses a nylon belt instead of the traditional chain. The beauty of these garage door openers is their peace and quiet — you hardly hear a thing! If your garage door is near a living room or bedroom, a belt driven garage door opener is a great idea. These openers are a bit more expensive than the traditional chain, but the peace and quiet is well worth it!

Call a Professional for Inspection

The bottom line is you really should have a professional inspect your chain to make sure. Garage door chains certainly don’t last forever. Eventually — whether today or 5 years from now — you’re going to need a new one.

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Different Types of Ways to Connect a Garage Door Trolley

There are several different types of garage door openers, but all connect to a trolley that lifts and raises your garage door. The trolley is essentially what connects the door to the motor. The cheapest type of garage door opener is a chain drive opener. The door is connected to the opener by a heavy metal chain. The catch is this kind of opener tends to be very noisy. Belt driven openers are a little more common but much quieter. If you are installing an opener near a bedroom, living room or other common living space, you might want to go with a belt drive. A screw drive opener connects the opener to the door via a threaded steel rod that connects to the opener via screws. This option is also quiet and fairly low maintenance.