Below are our TOP 3 picks for the quietest residential garage door openers in 2022.
1. Liftmaster 8500w or Chamberlain RJO70
2. Liftmaster 87504-267 or Chamberlain B6753TC
3. Liftmaster 84501 or Chamberlain B6713T
Keep reading for more in-depth explanations about quiet garage door openers.
Garage door openers have come a long way in the last 50 years. It started from the most basic operation of opening and closing the garage door without much attention to safety. Now turning into a programmable machine that calculates the weight of the door for auto-reverse, connects to your home Wi-Fi, and films your garage with a 360 security camera. But there’s one thing that some of the brand new openers and those from the early ’80s have in common—the noise they make.
Garage door opener noise can be a disaster for those with an attached garage and a bedroom right above it. Some garage door openers are so loud that they can easily wake up the kids sleeping above the garage. If you find yourself in a similar situation, let us walk you through the guide to the quietest garage door openers.
First, let’s understand why most homeowners think that all garage door openers are loud. It’s not a secret that the vast majority of home builders will use the cheapest materials to maximize their profits. Therefore, it is common among contractors to install the most basic, entry-level garage door openers, which are cheap, and… you guessed it, loud. So many homeowners wonder, Is there such thing as a quiet garage door opener? By default, most garage door openers installed at the time of construction will be the most basic units. Only after its failure the homeowner has a chance to compare it to a different and hopefully more quiet garage door opener.
There are four main types of overhead garage door openers: screw drive, chain drive, belt drive, and jackshaft or wall-mounted opener. Some of them are more popular than others and might have different noise levels depending on several factors.
Rated below are the quietest types of garage door openers based on our experience.
Now let’s address some of the common questions regarding garage door openers and their noise levels.
Several factors should be taken into account when answering this question—opener type and whether it has a DC or AC motor in it. As mentioned above, some types of garage door openers are louder than others by design. Screw and chain will always make more noise than a rubber belt or a jackshaft opener, which barely exposes moving parts.
Even more significant noise impact comes from the type of motor used in the garage door opener. DC motors typically used in openers are much smaller and barely make any noise. So if you compare two chain drive units, one with DC and one with AC motors, the DC version will be significantly quieter. The most widely used garage door motor type is AC, simply because only recently have most popular brands started transitioning away from the noisy AC motor design into a DC system.
Many homeowners wonder why is my garage door opener so noisy? If your opener is loud but you’re not ready for an expensive upgrade, below are a couple of steps you can take to make your garage door opener quieter.
Typically a 1/2hp garage door opener will be enough for most standard residential garage doors. An exception would be a heavy custom door or a steel door with a wooden overlay. For those, we recommend using at least 3/4hp garage door openers.
Many homeowners ask why would you use a belt drive instead of a chain drive? Isn’t chain openers more reliable? Which is quieter chain or belt garage door opener?
When first belt garage door openers came out a few decades ago, they were less reliable than chain openers. The belt could stretch over time or fall apart entirely in some cases. These days though, leading garage door opener manufacturers like Chamberlain and Liftmaster use steel-reinforced belts and offer a lifetime warranty on them. In addition, belt drive openers are usually not as loud, and most garage door repair companies move entirely to the belt openers.
Screw drive garage door openers were popular in the ’90s when Liftmaster and Gennie came out with their first models. However, a screw drive design proved to be more susceptible to wear and tear, excess noise, and premature failure. Therefore most garage door opener manufacturers quickly moved on and focused on improving belt-drive garage door openers instead.
Yes! If you’re looking for the quietest garage door opener type- jackshaft it is. Thanks to minimal moving parts and clever design, jackshaft garage door openers offer an extremely smooth and quiet operation. Jackshaft openers by Liftmaster and Chamberlain also offer an extra layer of safety by introducing a cable tension monitor and magnetic lock, which automatically locks and unlocks the door when needed.
Calgary Garage Door Fix Inc.
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