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Garage Door Openers

LiftMaster 8500W Wall Mount Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster 8500W Side Mount

Genie 6070 & 6170 Wall Mount Garage Door Opener

Genie 6170 Smart Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster 85503 Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster 85503 Opener

LiftMaster WLED Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster WLED Garage Door Opener

Sommer EVO+ 2060 Garage Door Opener

Sommer EVO+ 2060

LiftMaster 8500 Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster 8500 Wall Mount

Our Take On Garage Door Openers

We came into the industry with pretty strong opinions on the best brands for garage door openers. We’ve always been open to new ideas and products. The market has shifted and we’ve adapted to new ideas. We offer the best garage door openers for multiple brands. In our experience, each of the brands we carry has something unique to offer. After all, a garage door opener is one of the most important aspects of your garage door system. It is the motor that works to move your door up and down.

That is why it is necessary to purchase a reliable opener and have it installed by a garage door company you can trust. Aaron Overhead Doors is a Certified LiftMaster and Genie dealer. Additionally, we recently became an exclusive SOMMER Garage Door Openers dealer in our area. We install LiftMaster, Genie, and Sommer openers, but we also service and repair all brands of openers including Home Depot garage door openers, Clopay garage door openers, and Lowes garage door openers. Our excellent relationship with each of these brands helps us to get you the best opener for the best price. Our openers are installed between $500 – $750 depending on model and difficulty of job. If you have any questions, feel free to call and ask at 678-960-3360.

Garage Door Opener Types

There are five primary types of garage door openers: chain drive, belt drive, screw drive, jackshaft, and direct drive. The garage door opener is most commonly located on the ceiling of your garage, but a jackshaft garage door opener is placed on the wall beside your garage door. These are also known as wall mount garage door openers or side mount garage door openers. Jackshaft garage door openers allow for high lift tracks or storage on the ceiling of your garage. In terms of noise level, chain drive and screw drive openers operate with a lot of metal moving parts so they create the most vibrations and noise.

On the other end, belt drive and direct drive openers have the least amount of moving parts so are the quietest. Belt and direct drive openers are known for being quiet garage door openers which can be a great benefit if you have a room above or beside the garage. With recent technological advancements reaching garage door openers, you can also find smart, wifi garage door openers to enhance the convenience of operating your garage door. When you call us, we can help you identify the type of garage door opener you have based on its location and brand name. This will allow us to find any potential warranties on your opener and its parts or find a replacement model that will suit your home.

Modern openers are outfitted to make your garage door system quiet, reliable, and convenient. Our favorite models, listed above, come standard with the best upgrades from LED lights to built-in Wi-Fi to security and safety technology. This allows you to trust to your garage door system to protect your home and your family. Many even include a back-up battery so that you can enter and exit your garage in a power outage. No matter your specific home needs, we can find the best garage door opener to fit you.

Contact Us

Explore the details of the above LiftMaster, Genie, and Sommer garage door openers to learn more! We even have options for Clopay garage door openers, Home Depot garage door openers, and Lowes garage door openers to find the best new opener to suit any budget. Contact us if you have any questions about a specific opener, price, or how to schedule your new garage door opener installation. Our expert technicians are ready to help!

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Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors 

Transcript of Podcast

Welcome to door cast


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (00:05):

Season one, episode one, we’re here. We’ve had some planning,  We’re launching, and 

We got a sponsor. Thank you, genie. Really appreciate you for making this happen.

My name is Ryan. I’m your host. I’m going to be walking you through all things,

garage, doors and openers. This podcast is specifically designed to educate

consumers on how to choose the right company and products for your garage door opener. Now you may think

how could this possibly be exciting? I love it. And there’s thousands of hours that I

can talk about it. So sit back and enjoy. Cause we’re going to get started talking

right now.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (00:53):

All right guys, Ryan here with a door cast and I want to break down  what to expect in season one.

Since Genie has decided to be our podcast sponsor, we thought it would be best to talk about garage door openers. So we’re going to

talk a little bit about some of the different types of openers. And then we’re going to

tell you a little bit about season one and what we’re going to be covering. Garage

door openers have come a long way, and a lot of times we get in conversations with

consumers about garage doors, uh, garage door openers, and what’s important to

them. And we ask them that question. It’s almost always, we want it to go up and

down. Well, of course you do. That’s everybody’s desire. And I think there’s so

much more to be considered.which is why that is what we are going to be discussing today.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (01:41):

So I’m going to talk not about any particular brand today for the most part, but

we’re going to talk about openers in general. I’d like to start out with some

of the cool technology and evolution that’s taken place recently that you may or

may not know about. So first of all, I want to talk about wifi. A lot of openers now

have a built in wifi component. this means that you can actually control the opener

from your phone or device. Here’s an example, Let’s say you’re at the grocery store. Your friend

comes over and you’re running late and you don’t want them to sit in the driveway.

So you can open up the app and open the door from the grocery store. This is

particularly great because you can also get push notifications if the door opens or

closes. I always say, for example, it’s great.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (02:26):

If you have a daughter who’s trying to sneak out of the house and she wants to go

out the garage because she wants to take the car, whatever you get the push

notification in the garage doors open, you know, your daughter’s home alone. You

definitely need to make a phone call, right? The wifi application, most of the

applications for the different manufacturers are very similar, but they all function the same, making sure your garage door opens and closes when you want it to. They all get push notifications and some even have the ability to

add other users very easily. Let’s talk about quiet because, beyond wifi and,

home automation, quietness seems to be one of the major requests that we hear

from consumers. 

(And we talk about quiet garage door openers.) We always in


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most parts as dealers think about either direct drive or belt drive, but nonetheless,

you don’t have to have a loud garage door opener anymore.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (03:21):

I think it’s a thing of the past. I think most manufacturers are starting to build

openers that are significantly quieter than they used to as quietness has become

one of the main things people are looking for. So that’s been taken into

consideration belt drive and direct drive are significantly quieter than chain or

screwdriver, but not all belt drives or direct drives are built the same. So you

definitely want to make sure that you research those and figure out what you’re

looking for. Now, let me tell you a little bit about belt drives and direct drives and

what the differences are. So most of you probably have a trolley opener. And what I

mean by a trolley opener is that there’s a rail and there’s a trolley and it

runs up and down the rail as it’s opening and closing the door. So if you hear me

reference trolley openers, you know, that’s what I’m talking about.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (04:07):

That’s typically what most people have in their home. If I’m talking about direct

drive or side Mount, then you know, I’m talking about a motor, that’s either a direct

drive trolley or a side Mount opener. That’s actually using components of the door

to raise and lower it. I’m going to deep dive into that in another episode, Hey

guys, I wanna make sure that I introduce you to a company called genie. Genie is

absolutely amazing. As a matter of fact, I honestly wasn’t a genie fan until I met

them at expo and had an opportunity to really look at their product. I was blown

away. They absolutely changed everything for me. They are building game-

changing openers right now, and I definitely recommend you check them out. As a

matter of fact, I went from selling a hundred percent of one brand to now my

installers don’t want to touch them.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (05:01):

They’re selling genies and they love them. Our customers love them and you will

too! to buy them genie, go to Genie and click the button where

to buy, to locate a dealer near you. let’s talk a little bit about one of the major

transformations that’s happening right now in our industry. When it comes to

openers there is a comparison between horsepower and lifting power. for a long

time, horsepower’s kind of been the way that we as dealers and the manufacturers,

 have given a scale of how powerful the opener is. Now. I will say, I do

believe that horsepower is a bunch of junk when it comes to openers. And I think

that’s probably a main reason why a lot of opener companies are starting to get

away from that. They’re starting to push more towards lifting power, which I think is

a more relevant, and just a better overall way to measure the power of an opener.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (05:59):

And one of the main reasons why I think that shift has taken place is because one, a lot of openers are starting to go to DC power instead of AC with DC motors. The reason being because you can’t really measure them. There’s no conversion to horsepower. So they’ve created lifting power. a DC motor has a lot of advantages over an AC motor. Almost all DC motors are going to have, what’s called a soft start, soft, close feature. This Intro Into The Latest Garage Door Openers (Completed  02/07/21)

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actually participates in helping make the opener a lot quieter and prevents it from

that lunging that sometimes you get a with an AC motor, a DC motor just typically

runs a little bit smoother where an AC motor may be a little bit more powerful. So

you got to choose on which one’s more valuable, but I will tell you that majority of

openers these days are being pushed towards the DC side.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (06:50):

Now, when talking about horsepower, I get a lot of people asking me,

What size horsepower should I get from my door? And I must say that I think a lot of

energy is put into this and it’s not really necessary. I’ll answer that with explaining how  half horsepower will lift the majority of doors very easily and last you a very long time. A lot,

the companies are selling three quarter horsepower, one horsepower, or one and a quarter horsepower. And honestly, personally, I think it’s a gimmick. Maybe I can get the genie guys on here to explain more and talk a little bit more about the details on that. But for me, I’m a marketing guy and I definitely see the marketing guys behind the whole horsepower thing. So the reason why I say that, it’s probably okay. Not as important as a lot of people may think is that the opener doesn’t really lift the door anyway.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (07:50):

I mean, it’s not lifting any weight. What’s lifting the door is torsion Springs or

extension Springs, or your counterbalance system because  without it, the openers

not strong enough to lift the door. So the Springs are doing all the heavy lifting. As a

matter of fact, door opener and most cases are only built to lift about five pounds of

pressure. So if your Springs are bouncing the door properly and you have the right

Springs on the door, you shouldn’t have a problem with horsepower or lifting power

for the majority of the garage door openers out there. Now let’s say, if you have a very

large, steel door insulated urethane, it’s 18 or 20 foot long, nine or 10 foot

tall, just a ginormous door, or you have a, like a two or three inch custom wood

heavy door. You might want to take a look at something other than a half Horsepower.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (08:51):

But for most doors, I would say 95% of the garage doors out there, a half horsepower is going to be more than sufficient to lift whatever door you have. Let’s discuss residential brands. These are all residential garage doors that you need to know about. Of course, 

Genie company is a sponsor of ours. I know the CEO and what a wonderful person He is, and what a great team they’ve got.

They’re all about company culture, building a great product. they support us dealers really well, very nicely, And have  great communication.I have to admitI, I had a very bad, misunderstanding of genie.

When I first started in the industry. When I first started installing doors, I install a lot of liftmaster. That was what the person who trained me installed. So that’s what I naturally installed and being out in the field a lot.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (09:49):

And,  I was always constantly fixing genies. So I felt like genie’s. Weren’t good. When in reality, I think my view was a little bit kind of twisted. So I just want to Intro Into The Latest Garage Door Openers (Completed  02/07/21)

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the good, bad and ugly, but I got to tell my story and I want you guys to understand

where I’m coming from. I sold Liftmasters and Liftmasters only. Well, I had a bad

taste in my mouth with Genie for a little while, just because I kept repairing their

openers all the time. There’s a different way to look at it. And I really didn’t see it

until I spent some time with the CEO at the expo. When I walked over there, he was

so kind and polite, he showed me around the booth, knew the names of all of his

employees, which there were a couple dozen, he was very personable, each one of them did, he knew about each one of them.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (10:51):

And really just impressed me with his knowledge of his team and his culture and his approach to me. And I told him, point blank. I said,  Hey, I’m open to hearing everything. I got to say i’m just not having a great experience, because I see a lot of genie’s out and I’m constantly fixing them. And so he said, rightfully so. Uh, he’s made some changes over the years. And one of those changes was to bring manufacturing back to the US not only that they put their motors through like rigorous testing, which I think is pretty standard for most of these manufacturers where they’ll run them on doors up and down constantly until they break. And then they start re-evaluating parts that are breaking. I don’t think that’s just genie. I do believe they have a commitment to excellence based on my conversation with them.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (11:40):

And the reason why I was fixing a lot of Genie’s is because, a lot of the

openers that I was fixing were like builder grade openers, right? I mean, they were

installed in new homes. I personally don’t sell builder grade openers. So I think if

you buy cheap from any manufacturer, you’re definitely gonna have problems with

cheap openers. And I think every manufacturer builds like a builder grade and then

a mid grade and then a high grade opener or openers in each category. So there’s

just a lot of builder, grade, Genie openers out there. when it boils down to it,

Parts on these Genie openers are very inexpensive and for all openers for that

matter of fact. unless you’re talking about a circuit board or the motor itself, all

the other little components that typically go wrong outside of those two are fairly



Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (12:32):

They were easy to fix and, um, relatively affordable. So that’s my experience with genie. I’ve gone through LiftMasters for years and really enjoyed their product. I think they have some great innovation in some of their higher end products, which is really what we focus on selling. one of my favorite openers is the with led and, the wled just has like really bright built in led lights, DC, motor backup battery, a bunch of really cool features, and  motion sensor, I can  go on and on. We’ll talk more about that later, but, LiftMaster is also known as Chamberlain in some of the box stores. So they rebrand themselves and do more of like a blue them where LiftMaster is more of like a red theme. So, you can buy Genie and liftmasters in box stores, or from dealers. There is a difference between the dealer bought in the store bought, and we’ll cover some of that in another episode, but these are the two biggest brands in our market.

You’ll also find names like Sommer,  Marin tech and both third grade openers.

As a matter of fact, those were both German, manufactured or, German garage door openers. I believe some of them are manufactured here in the U S but,  I also sell SOMMER. I do not sell Marintec and, not because I don’t want to, it’s just, I don’t want to have so many options that it makes it confusing. So personally we sell Genie LiftMaster and Sommers. We keep all three in stock.  we really just stock kind of the best of each one. So when you talk about types of openers, you gotta know there’s a screw drive, a belt drive chain drive and direct drive. While you’re doing your research, you want to definitely check those out. The two that I like the most are the belt drive and the direct drive.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (14:23):

And the reason why I like those are one, they’re quieter, and two tend to be more reliable. That’s pretty much the rundown of what I think you need to know as a good foundation before you start listening to other episodes, garage door openers have come so far. I love some of the features of LiftMaster. One of my favorite features is their motion sensor on a wall button, the panel is what we call it. Any movement in the garage, turns the lights on automatically. And I would say one of the biggest growing trends that I didn’t mention earlier was the side Mount. we’re going to get into that. I’m going to talk a lot about side mounts, because I do believe that everything probably just needs to shift that direction. We’re going to talk a little bit about why that it’s, easier on the door, less stress on the section itself, the garage door section.


Ryan w/ Aaron Overhead Doors  (15:17):

So you have less damage and issues and you have a longer lasting opener because they just have less parts. Side Mount openers are definitely the way to go. If you have the side room, you can put an outlet over there. That’s probably the biggest headache. I think with side mounts is a lot of people don’t want to put the outlet over there. And in some cases we have to run exterior, low voltage wiring for the safety sensors and wall control. So there’s definitely some negatives, but we’re going to get all into that. This is season one, episode one, So I want you guys to stand by and pay attention next week. We’re going to be covering the best garage door openers themselves. We talked a little bit about brands and some of the best brands, but next week, we’re going to cover some of the best openers. Which openers should you buy? What features are you into?

Those are all things we’re going to discuss. We hope you have a great week. Thank you for listening.