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Does my garage door opener need an extension kit?

Does my garage door opener need an extension kit?

Answer: You will definitely need an extension kit. The opener is designed for a standard 7ft. door and therefore the rail (and belt on it) is only long enough to raise a door 7ft.

Can you use LiftMaster rail with Chamberlain?

The LiftMaster belt and chain rail components are the only parts that can’t be swapped between brands (LiftMaster openers come with a one piece “T” rail. The top of the line Chamberlain made openers right now are the LiftMaster 8550W and 8500W.

How long do belt drive garage door openers last?

On the flip side, belt drive openers don’t need that same maintenance and generally last longer than chain drive openers. Both types of openers should last you about 10 years, depending on the make and model you purchase and how often you open and close it, though belt drives have the potential of lasting even longer.

Can I use an extension cord for my garage door opener?

Extension cords are only supposed to be for temporary use, and every garage door opener manufacturer (that I’m aware of) prohibits this. An extension cord is simply one more place for something to potentially go wrong. The straightforward fix for this condition is to have an outlet installed.

How long is the rail on a Chamberlain garage door opener?

The installed length of my Chamberlain garage door opener

Chain/Belt Drive Openers Rail Length (Inches)
Dual Light (Front and Back) 8 Foot 130
10 Foot 154
Dual Light (Side-to-Side) Standard 118
8 Foot 130

What is better screw drive or belt drive?

Advantages: Belt drive garage door openers are by far the quietest openers out of chain drive and screw drive openers. Belt drive garage door openers tend to be only slightly more expensive than chain drive openers. The belt drive because of its smooth operation does it slightly faster, if that matters to you.