If you have a garage, you have more than likely had an automatic door opener. If not, then, you are missing out on a lot. A whole lot!
After this review of one an excellent garage door opener – the LiftMaster 8355, you’ll most probably understand what it is you are missing. If on the other hand, if you are looking to upgrade an existing garage door opener, then this review is sure to help you as well.
Why Use A Garage Door Opener…
Garage doors are made to keep your valuables protected from the elements. Humans, strays, and natural elements such as snow, wind, and rainfall. A proper door likewise keeps the internal temperature of your home within acceptable levels to ensure you can remain indoors for extended periods of time and be comfortable.
Installing a proper garage door lift is just about as important as having a garage door itself. Of course, while you need your valuables covered up tight and secure, you need to be able to access them freely and as you please, hence the need for a garage door opener.
You should also note that a garage door, being an external door, is usually very heavy to resist unwanted entry. Also considering the fact that it needs to let vehicles in and not just people, it usually is the widest door in any home or business, and this makes it all the more difficult to be opened by hand.
The Liftmaster 8355 is currently the newest garage door opener model released by the Chamberlain company. Founded in 1954, they sure put all their years of experience into this model.
They are so confident about it that they offer you a Lifetime Motor warranty, 5-year parts warranty, and a 1-year warranty on the battery backup system for this product.
It comes with great features such as one keychain remote that features an optional keyless entry system. You also get a 3-button remote control, one wall button, and a multi-function Control Panel.
This belt type door opener also boasts of being super quiet. So, you won’t even hear it open your garage door!
This Liftmaster has a timed closer just in case you forget to close the door and leave for town. It can be monitored and operated from a remote location and has an auto force feature equipped with PosiLock technology to ensure no-one gets in by trying to jack your door.
Even better, it is UL complaint and has safety and durability ratings from ANSI/CAN/UL, which by any means, are each individual proverbial tough nuts to crack.
Despite being a new model, it is not lacking in basics. It is widely adaptable for personal, industrial and commercial garage spaces. It is relatively easy to install, and you can do that by going through the simple detailed guide in the product manual.
It’s designed to be mounted on your garage ceiling which practically is space you never need. It is compatible with just about every variation of a sectional garage door and does well to lift both heavy and light doors with its powerful 0.5 horsepower engine.
It is power friendly and energy conservative. In the event of a power outage, its backup battery kicks in to give you a reliable experience, day in, day out. It likewise runs on standby to save you power while not in use.
Better yet, it is embedded with sensors to automatically reverse the opening of your door when an obstruction is detected. That way, it keeps your pets, kids, property and garage door from damage. This super feature does come in handy!
Despite its unrivaled strength as a heavy-duty garage door opener, sporting a 24 volt DC motor, it is gentle on your door and is ultra quiet. Not just that, it opens up quickly at 7 inches per second and can be stopped halfway and made to go opposite ways.
It uses a Motor Vibration Isolation System (MVIS). This MVIS assures you of no vibrations or resounds that could compromise your building structure over time. It does not vibrate in any way, so it leaves your building in perfect order indefinitely.
This unique element of technology is also a reason why this door is noiseless in its operation.
It weighs just 3 pounds so purchasing this item will just about be free on shipping. At that weight, however, you can comfortably connect your garage door to its 8 or 10-foot rails. It sure is a wonderful improvement to other heavier models which do just about that, or well, even less.
It continuously auto lubricates its bearings and rails that move your door open and close. Temperature changes that may as well cause wall and door expansion and contractions are constantly monitored by this LiftMaster.
It monitors floor height, door track movement and auto-adjusts its settings to always be able to open and close your door without a hitch. It’s remote program – My Q – allows you to electronically monitor your garage door activity (using your PC or your smartphone), and operate your garage door in any way you wish, as if you were right next to it.
It even lets you remotely electronically program or change the security code that allows others access to your garage.
It comes with a 4-foot power cord to make for an easy connection to far-placed mains and gives you an optional kit type that completely covers up all its wires. It has two slots of 100 watts of light each with adjustable light time delay. This shines brightly to illuminate your way when you need it most.
It is also used to surprise a possible intruder lurking in your garage.
You can set this Liftmaster up on recurring schedule close or open the garage door or turn lights on/off. The lights can also be programmed to switch on automatically on entry.
Above all, it provides a One Time Passcode to your device when you use the remote to ensure it is letting the right person it. But in the event of a power failure, it has a power release button.
You have probably been wondering if all garage openers were the same. By now you probably understand that they just are not!
Top Features – At a Glance
This offers you simplicity in its installation. It’s also positioned in a space where you usually have next to nothing. So allowing you to use valuable space for much-needed storage.
Easy to install for any decent DIY’er with its detailed guide.
The powerful 24-volt motor enables to lift just about any door with the 0.5 horsepower generated by this garage door lift. It is however super quiet despite its lift speed of 7 inches per second.
Four forms of this feature are provided you…
Firstly, it has invisible sensors that auto-open the door if there is anything blocking its closing path. This prevents property damage or injury to persons.
Secondly, the remote observe and edit feature from your phone or PC, that you get with this product is useful in filtering out those who have continuous access to your garage in your absence.
Thirdly, the One Time Password is essential in keeping your garage safe, ensuring no-one gets in, even if your remote control gets stolen.
And finally, is its PosiLock technology feature.
This product is UL complaint and has a lot of ratings (ANSI/CAN/UL) to back its superior quality and workability. It also features a nice warranty to leave you all the more confident and comfortable with your purchase.
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