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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am about ready to replace my garage door opener. The receiver board may be bad. It is the second time this went out with various other problems. It is a Sears and will be my last Sears garage door opener. My wife"s side has a Genie thats been there for 30+ years. What would any of you recommend? Are the Genies still good quality machines? Thanks
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Actually i wont be any help but, We bought a new micro wave a while back and the salesman as we were looking said, Now you know this will not last like your old one of 25 years! I was like well why should i buy it then!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you dont mind paying a bit more and for that getting a superior opener and great service use Overhead Door Co. We have a very old and heavy 16' door and were getting a couple years out of an opener until we bought a Destiny 1200 Chain.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One thing's for sure, old microwaves were a lot heavier than new ones.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a Kenmore opener that's 23 years old. I had a Kenmore before I bought the current opener and I sold it and it was up over 20 years. It's a 16-foot door that it's lifting. Hal
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I will second the Overhead Door opener. Mine is a commercial unit installed 26 years ago. We had the transmitter board go out a couple years ago, it took a week or two to get the new board.

The supplier stated they are sensitive to voltage. He insisted I put a $10 voltage filter on it, and I wouldn’t loss another board. It’s been flawless now
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dunno about the current models, but we have a Genie screw drive in one of our rentals that is over twenty years old and has never had a hiccup, despite constant abuse from renters. Compare that with the Craftsman chain drive in our home; it's been nothing but aggravation.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:10 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My Sears garage door opener is 35 years old a still going strong. Will replace it with another Sears when the time comes.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:21 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The garage door opener in our new house is only 2 years old. Has chain drive and is quite noisy; if I ever have to replace it, I will get a belt drive opener as they are much quieter than a chain drive.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:57 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have Chamberlin Liftmasters, haven't had any problems. They replaced sears units.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:10 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

IndianaTom wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:38:34 12/30/12) I am about ready to replace my garage door opener. The receiver board may be bad. It is the second time this went out with various other problems. It is a Sears and will be my last Sears garage door opener. My wife"s side has a Genie thats been there for 30+ years. What would any of you recommend? Are the Genies still good quality machines? Thanks


We have 2 Genie Screw Drives that are almost 30 years old, and another one that I bought used. I have also put up a couple for friends. That's the only one I would put up.

Dusty
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The thing I like about Genie screw drive is you can buy an extension for doors taller than 7 ft. For the money, the Genie is the cheapest and they work well. Only problem is I can't reprogram the remote key pad.

The screw drives that Sears make looks like a Genie. The sears controls won't work on a Genie. Had a photo sensor go bad on a sears operator

Have a CHI chain drive. One of the rocker switches that gets tripped by an attachment on the chain has been having issues. I have to trip it manually to get the door to go down. Tried tightning chain, still screws up.

A power surge took the brain box out of the CHI. Replaced the brain box and put surge suppressors on all of my overhead doors. I have 9 operaters total.

Have two ranor chain drives. They are about 20 years old. Never gave the first problem with them.

My two older operators, CHI and ranor, have 10 dip swithes while the newer Sears and Genie have a floating code.

My 2005 buick has a place where I can program in the old 10 dip switch code, but not the floating code.

Hope this helps you decide what to buy.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Spend a few bucks more and get a Raynor. Their DC belt drive operators are very smooth and quiet.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies. The only one favorable to the Sears was a 35 year old unit. It seems to be a truism that appliances and garage door openers are not built like they once were. Maybe thats because most are not American made anymore. Thanks again.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: Garage Door Openers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sears and Chamberlain are made by the same company. I just bought a Chamberlain for my daughter and she loves it.

My house is now 25 years old and we still have the original openers. These are Allister chain drive units and with the exception of replacing the drive belt once on each of them I have never had a problem.

If I were looking for another opener I would be investigating these.
 
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