Tag Archives: Garage Door Opener

Garage Door Opener Buying Guide: Types of Drives

craftsman garage door openerIf you’re in the market for a new garage door opener, chances are you have found they use several different types of drives: belt drives, chain drives and screw drives.

Belt Drives

Belt drives use a sturdy, rubber-like belt for opening and closing garage doors, and are generally the quietest type of drive. They offer years of service and require minimal maintenance over time, although belts can wear out and require replacement.

Chain Drives

Chain drives use a metal chain to open and close garage doors, and are the oldest and most popular type of opener. They tend to be the most economical, but are the noisiest, and may not be a smart option if the garage is under or adjacent to a room where quiet is preferred! Chain drive openers are fairly dependable but can require maintenance or replacement over time.

Screw Drives

Screw drives use plastic-lined tracks to reduce noise and are midway in cost and noisiness relative to belt and chain drives.

Choosing to offer solutions that are both economical and the ultimate in quiet, Sears Garage Solutions offers a variety of garage door openers that use belt and chain drives. Contact us for a free in-home estimate today!

Garage Door Safety Tips

Company Logo

For many households, the garage door is the main point of entry into the home.   Garages can be used for many purposes other than just parking your car.  Some of them are:Home

  • Storage
  • Workshop
  • Bike shop
  • Game Room / Play Room
  • Even a “Man Cave”
  • Craft Room

Garage doors weigh several hundred pounds and have over 300 moving parts, so it is very important to learn a little bit about them.  They can be a safety hazard if you don’t!  Since 1990, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of about 20,000 people visit the emergency room per year for garage door related injuries.  A little knowledge about garage safety can go a long way in protecting you and your family from becoming one of the statistics.  Here are a few safety rules that you and your family should know in order to help keep you safe around your garage:

  • Test the garage door’s reversing mechanism monthly to make sure it is operating properly – If it is not, the door could cause damage to your car, or even worse, a child or pet that accidently gets caught in the path of the closing door.
  • Be sure that the wall panel controls are installed at least five feet up from the floor in order to keep them out of the reach of small children.  – Accidents can happen if children play with the controls to the garage door opener.
  • Also be sure to keep the remote garage door openers out of the reach of small children. – Teach your children about the dangers of playing with the garage door opener.
  • Does your wall control have rolling access code functionality?  – Homes can be broken into by thieves who use a universal remote to find the access code to garage door openers.  Rolling access code technology changes the code of your automatic opener after each time it is used.

SearsGarageSolutionsLogoBlueCrewBIGThese are just a few garage door safety points that you and your family should know.  If you have any questions, give Sears Garage Doors, Openers and Repairs at (509) 795-3834 or visit our website by clicking here.

Fall Time Maintenance


When the temperatures begin to drop and our cheeks tingle with the sensation of crisp cool air it lets us know that fall is here. Technically, there about 2 more weeks until we can say that the fall season is here. With that being said, now is the perfect time to begin the necessary fall time maintenance for all the garage door owners.

During the colder months of the year, it is important to inspect garage doors for several reasons. The main goal is to ensure that the garage door will function properly even in temperatures of below zero degrees Fahrenheit. An advantage to spotting and replacing any old or broken parts before fall season starts is that this is a time that is comfortable to do these checkups and repairs. For example, imagine trying to check the garage door and opener while it’s snowing outside. How cold and uncomfortable would you be? Do yourself a favor and plan ahead and prevent unnecessary hassles.

Continue reading