History of Garage Door Openers
The electric overhead garage door opener was invented by C.G. Johnson in 1926 in Hartford City, Indiana. Although the electric overhead garage door opener was invented in 1926, it did not gain in popularity until after World War ll. Looking back it’s easy to see why. Before and during the war the people of the United States dedicated time and resources to the war effort. Also, it’s important to note that many citizens did not have a need for garage doors or garage door openers. With no cars, what did you have to drive into your home, your horse?
Once the war was over, many of the GI’s coming back from the war found themselves with new homes, families and resources. With these new found homes they found the need for buying home appliances, such as garage door openers. Mid 19th century America was an incredible time of prosperity and fortune for the United States, and the garage door and garage door opener was a benefactor of that wealth.
Garage Door Opener Operation
There are 2 distinctively different type of garage door opener designs on the market today. Though there have been many shapes, colors and types of garage door opener, there is a model, or style if you will, that has been around since the beginning. Pictured above is the most common type of garage door opener. Though they may look different, they all perform the same function; lifting and closing the garage door. After installation you have the ability to operate a garage door opener by either remote control or push button. One press of either will lift and close the garage door.
The garage door opener maybe the easiest home appliance to operate and maintain — single button to operate — but it is also the most dangerous. The opener is required to stop at and around 15 pounds of lifting and pushing power. Users can however increase the lifting and pushing power of a garage door by adjusting the limit switches on or near the head of the operator. DO SO WITH CAUTION — ADJUSTING THESE LIMITS CAN CAUSE SEVERE DAMAGE TO YOU AND YOUR PROPERTY.
Garage Door Opener Styles
As I mentioned above there are two different styles of garage door openers currently on the market today. The first is the traditional type of garage door opener. The other is called a JackShaft opener. Both perform the same function, lifting and closing the garage door. On average it takes about 1hr to assemble and install a garage door operator — some installations can be longer or shorter than others depending on many factors.
The traditional style opener has a head that is somewhere nearing the middle of a garage. A metal bar is connected to the motor and connected to the header of a garage. A header is the space between the door opening and the ceiling. lastly a armbar is connected to the door itself. Popular to contrary belief a garage door opener does not do a majority of the lifting. A spring system is connected to the door as well and does up to 90% of the heavy lifting.
A Jackshaft opener is connected to the garage door spring system directly. It is generally installed along side the garage door. The jackshaft was first introduced into the market in many years ago for commercial use and only recently for residential use. It’s generally smaller in size and created less noise than a traditional style garage door opener.
There has been many innovations brought to the garage door opener throughout the years and Mighty Garage Door has been there and every turn. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.