Today we are going to discuss 2 leading garage door openers. Chamberlain and Genie have attracted customers with their features, design and strive for development.
Buying the garage door opener isn’t easy and fast process. You should check many things before you make final decision, whether it’s you garage, the height, width and weight of the door, the power of opener and etc.
Some customers just buy opener and after that they recognize that they have made a mistake.
When we are buying something that is used daily, we pay attention to everything that is connected with this product. For example, buying the opener should mean that we know its features, how it works, what pros and cons does it have.
When some people spot a problem they always blame the seller, even though they have all the information about the product but the don’t mind reading it.
In this article we are going to discuss the openers which have one of the highest ratings on the market in their niche and lot’s of reviews. I suggest that you should read the article carefully, calm and analyze every detail of these garage door openers, because even a little thing can play a big role in your decision making process.
Chamberlain B730/WD962 Garage Door Opener
We have already discussed some models of Chamberlain and we know how good these garage door openers are. For some people it’s really important to stay loyal for one company, so when the new model is available on the market they often change the old one with it.
Today we are going to gather information about Chamberlain B730/WD962, which is really good-looking opener,
with lot’s of features. This opener has a high rating and selling number. Many people use it and probably will use it in the future because of it’s brilliance.
1. Installation Process
Installation of Chamberlain B730/WD962 is not easy, but don’t let it frighten you. You must read the instruction, be attentive to details and if something goes wrong contact the support team.
You can also hire some to do the service for you.
I have found a video guide on youtube, showing how to assemble and install Chamberlain Wi-Fi garage door opener which is given below, it can be helpful.
The design of Chamberlain B730/WD962 is attractive and beautiful. The mix of white and gray color creates a strong combination and is easy to be noticed by a customer. For some people design is more important than the options of the product. They don’t pay attention to the working process and other things, it’s the looks that matters to them.
The colors of this model are compatible to any design in my opinion, because white and gray matches to other colors really good.
The shape of the Chamberlain should be noticed too. It’s very handsome and can make your garage look modern and unique. We are living in technology era so people really care about the products that they buy, most of them want to decorate their room in modern way, and this garage door opener can be the proper thing to be used for it with its amazing design.
The main reason for high demand of this garage door opener is its features. The design and looks are great but the thing that makes it perfect is the high number of the options. In this article we are going to review it so I recommend you to read and analyze it, whether it’s the perfect match for your garage or not.
Some customers struggle when it comes down to power. They aren’t sure if the opener can handle the weight of the door. Some openers don’t have enough power to lift heavy doors, this may cause difficulties. What can we do?
First of all we must know the weight of our door, without it we might make the wrong choice and than regret it. After knowing the weigh of our door, we start looking for the opener, which has enough power to lift it. Some people prefer heavy or double doors for more safety and the’ll need the opener with high power.
Chamberlain B730/WD962 usually has the working maximum of 550 pounds (but I recommend you to check it before buying, ask seller and don’t hesitate) and it’s perfect for majority of heavy doors.
3/4 HP Belt drive will do the work for you and you won’t regret buying it, as almost no customer regrets.
Quiet & Smooth
Everyone hates loud noise, it’s disturbing and uncomfortable. Chamberlain offers you opener which has reduced the noise and makes you pleased for buying it.
DC motor and Belt drive creates the perfect combination – meaning that like whisper drive series, this is the quiet one too.
For some people it’s really important because they have living spaces above the garage. Imagine waking up every morning early when the garage door opens/closes, even the neighbours can be disturbed by the noise of your opener.
Chamberlain B730/WD962 will solve your problem and probably the noise only will be produced by opening/closing of the door.
This is one of the most useful and neccessary features of the garage door opener. Imagine you’re in a hurry and power goes down, built-in battery gives you opportunity to use your garage door opener when the electricity is off. It can operate the garage door from one to two days. Don’t worry about the battery, when the opener is connected with the AC outlet it continually charges. Full charge is reached in 24 hours.
Also the thing to be mentioned is that the battery is built in the main unit so no worries about the devices that need their own outlet.
Technology is developing daily and everyone’s trying to keep it up. Majority of people today use smartphones and the feature we are going to analyze below is connected to it.
MyQ technology gives you opportunity to control your garage door opener with your smartphone.
It’s not hard, first you need do download application which is available on the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Combine your opener with internet gateway and this application and you will be able to control it by your iphone or Android smartphone.
Also important thing is that you will receive notifications from it. You won’t have to worry about the the garage door if it’s open or closed because notifications will inform you.
This feature is created to make garage door close by itself. In case you forget to close it you can set a timer for 1, 5 or 10 minutes and after the time passes it close automatically.
Some people may set it and just leave the door open, if they don’t want to close the door by their selves.
Safety must be priority for everyone and Chamberlain B730/WD962 offers you it, so you won’t regret spending money. Motion-activated lights are part of this garage door opener.
Force Monitoring system is impressive too as it makes the door to close with the same force.
Two-three button remote can protect you from thieves as it changes code after every use.
All in all, I can say that Chamberlain B730/WD962 is the opener that’s worth of your money.
The mix of design and features makes it desirable for every customer who looks for a great opener.
The power of lifting heavy doors, having different and high number of features and the safety system, Chamberlain B730/WD962 can attract anyone on the market.
Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax 1200
We have analyzed Chamberlain B730/WD962 and not we are going to discuss Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax 1200. Even the name of the opener tells you that extra noises are reduced and its nearly silent. The longevity of the unit shall be maximized because the opener uses a steel-reinforced chain. Let’s go step by step and see why this garage door opener is worth of buying.
1. Installation Process
I’ve found a video on youtube, which shows you how to install and program Genie belt or chain drive opener.
But this video only shows you visual side and gives you information on how to install it.
Pay attention – Owner’s manual can’t be substituted by it.
Safety should be maintained throughout the installation process. If you’re door is 8 foot high, you’ll need real rail extension kit, which you have to buy separately.
Before proceeding installation you should should review installation poster and manual.
The specific points are:
- Potential hazards
- Pre-installation considerations
- All Warning notices
- Recommended tools
- Part lists to ensure all parts are present
The video tells us step by step about the installation: Whether you purchased a belt or chain drive opener, a rail assembly steps shown here will work for either model, for this video a belt drive is used.
Step 1 – Rail Assembly
Step 2 – Adjusting the rail tension
Step 3 – Attaching rail to powerhead
Step 4 – Mounting header bracket on the header
Step 5 – Attaching rail to bracket
Step 6 – mounting powerhead to ceiling (for tall garage ceilings additional hanging angle and hardware may be required)
Step 7 – Attaching door bracket to door
Step 8 – Attaching door arm to door bracket and shuttle
Step 9 – Installing Safe-T-Beams
Step 10 – Installing the wall console
Step 11 – Install the light assembly
Step 12 – Connecting power
Step 13 – Ready to program
These are the steps, but in the video it is explained in details.
There are several warnings that you must pay attention:
High spring tension:
- Do not try to remove, repair or adjust springs or anything to which door spring parts are fastened, such as wood block, steel brackets, cables or other like items.
- Repairs and adjustments must be made by a trained door system technician using proper tools and instructions
Caution: Doors made of masonite, lightweight wood, fiberglass, and sheet metal must be properly braced before mounting door opener. Contact door manufacturer or distributor for any questions or concerns. The Genie Company isn’t responsible for any damage caused due to an improperly braced door.
There are other warnings in the video that you must read very carefully.
The design of Chamberlain SilentMax 1200 is truly piece of art. Gray color gives it smart look, making it modern and unique. As I already said in the article, for some people the design and shape are the decision makers. They spend a lot of time to decorate their garage, design it, put stuff on a proper place and look after it everyday. So when the time comes to add something to this room, the part they always pay the most attention is the looks. You can’t argue with them – everyone wants their room (even if it’s garage) to look beautiful and modern. So when they are choosing garage door opener, the design plays a major role and Genie Silentmax 1200 is the opener with great looks.
The shape of this opener is different from other garage door openers. Looks smart and modern and combination of its shape and colors creates a product that can be a desirable for every customer whose main intention is to add a good looking thing to its room.
For some customers it’s the design and for some customers its the features. In my opinion features are the most important part of the garage door opener and people should make their decisions based on it. Without proper features what good is the opener ? If it can’t operate well and can’t meet your expectations than it’s not worth of your money.
In this part of the article we are going to analyze the features of Chamberlain SilentMax 1200:
People buy openers and don’t know it’s power is like buy something and don’t know what it’s for. Firstly, we must know the with of our garage door because without knowing it, the decision is really hard to make. If the opener can’t lift our door than why should we buy it ? For safety many people prefer heavy or double doors, that’s why we must know the power of the opener because the differ from each other. Silentmax 1200 can lift almost 550 pound door so that’s the information you really need to know and take into consideration. After that you just need to know the weight of your garage and than make a decision.
Quiet and Soft
This feature is really important for people who have living spaces above the garage and the name of the opener tells you how silent it is. In the end, you may find out, as many customer say, that the door makes more sound than the opener. So if you have room above the garage you won’t be disturbed by the terrible noise of the opener. I think creating this kind of opener made lives better, added the meaning to the spaces above the garage and made neighbours feel relief for not waking up them every day early or late night.
Monitoring system & Safety
Genie Sense Monitoring diagnostic technology will deliver the power for optimal garage movements, the operation of the garage will be monitored.
You can sleep well and be sure in the safety of your garage because if any changes occur, you will be infromed.
Pre-programmed remotes with auto-seek dual frequency will make the installation simpler.
Access code will be changed each time after using the door thanks to Intellicode 2 technology. Unauthorized people will be prevented from opening your garage door.
Genie SilentMax 1200 has Safe-T-Beams, helping you to keep your family safe. If the motion is detected underneath the door, the closing process will stop and it will retract to the open position.
What about Smartphones ?
For some people it might be important to know – Genie SilentMax 1200 doesn’t have any internet-connected functions. Some companies that produce garage door openers include it because it creates extra comfort to the customers. So if you was waiting for this part, I’m sorry to disappoint you.
To sum up, I think that Genie SilentMax 1200 is really one of the best garage door openers on the market. Take a look at its design, features, this combination makes it worth of your money. If you want to have not only smart and great opener, but also a good-looking thing in your garage, than this opener is for you.
The Bottom Line
All in all, we have analyzed this two magnificent garage door openers and now is the part of decision making.
Chamberlain B730/WD962 is opener that has almost every feature of the modern product. It looks great, works great and is great. This powerful opener can lift almost every door (It is recommended to check the weight of your door before buying opener) and the features like MyQ, silence and battery backup makes it desirable for everyone.
As for the Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax 1200 it is important to say that this garage door opener doesn’t have internet-connected functions and for some customers it may be the decision making feature because we all love extra functions and everything that creates extra comfort for us.