Garage Door Openers

Your garage door's function depends on having a strong, reliable opening system. Your garage door opening system is made up of everything from its track to its drive system to the technology that monitors its use and security functions. If something goes wrong with this system, it could easily throw everything off, including the security of your home. To learn more about your garage door opening system, take a minute to get acquainted with the most common types, brands, and issues.

Garage door types

When it comes to newer technologies that help maintain the function and enhance the security of your garage door, three manufacturers stand high above the rest. These are Liftmaster, Genie, and Chamberlain, which produce the highest standard of quality in garage door openers on the market. Each brand uses technology to keep homeowners informed and aware of garage door security and any issues that might come up. Each model uses advanced security systems that link to a user's smartphone to keep a garage safe from intrusion or harm.

Drive Types

There are three common types of garage door opening systems, known as drives. These are chain drives, belt drives, and screw drives. While screw drives are an older technology and much less common in newer homes, chain and belt drives have become the standard, employing pulleys and belts to drive a garage door up and around a winding track. These models are reinforced by a number of springs and cables that create a smooth, soundless function in belt drives and a more cost-effective one in chain drives.


Most modern garage door openers use technology as a large part of their function. With many openers, camera recognition software links to a smartphone app to allow users to open their door from a remote location, change entry codes regularly, and reconfigure security settings at will. This provides an extra layer of security and ease to homeowners who want to be able to keep tabs on their property from far away. With the use of the MyQ app, homeowners can control almost every aspect of their garage door's function and safety settings, including being able to reset or reprogram the device from the app itself.

Repairs and Troubleshooting

Some of the most common issues with garage door openers arise when the corresponding technology is either out of alignment or not up to date. If you're experiencing any of the following recurring problems, be sure to give us a call at any time.

My camera isn't responding

If your camera isn't working, it might be out of alignment with the sensor. Take a closer look to make sure the software is properly aligned.

My garage door isn't opening

If your garage door isn't responding to the technology, the software could be out of date, or the door itself could have an issue. After resetting the software, check around the garage door's opening drive to make sure everything is in place and functioning properly.

I need to reset my device

Resetting your device can be done by pressing the 'learn' button on the MyQ app.