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Some of the best-rated garage door opener brands are Chamberlain, Decko, Direct Drive and Genie, based on expert ratings and reviews on Amazon.com. Chamberlain appears to be the most popular among the group with ratings of 4.5 or higher out of 5.


Malfunctioning circuit boards, a power surge or a thunderstorm are potential causes of a garage door opening by itself. In rare cases, a neighbor may accidentally open a homeowner's garage door, especially if the door has been operating for more than 20 years already.


The reasons a garage door might not open include broken springs, low batteries in the remote control and worn cables. Broken springs are a common problem for garage doors. Motors cannot lift garage doors on their own if a spring breaks or snaps. Installing new springs fixes this issue.


Common problems with garage door openers include problems with the remote control, out-of-adjustment limit switches and problems with the close-force adjustment. Many of these problems are within the ability of the homeowner to fix.


Control4.com lists the top 10 garage doors in the high-end market. The site pools the best garage door designs and collections worldwide, and it offers a synopsis of the features that customers admire most.


Consumers can find a list of top 10 garage openers on the Top Ten Reviews website. The Chamberlain Premium wins the 2015 Gold Award for garage door openers.


If the garage door opener has a keypad, change the code by erasing the old one from its memory and entering a new one into the pad. For garage door openers without keypads, change the code by changing the switches inside the remote and setting the ones on the opener unit to match. The slide switch t


Installing a garage door opener is a two-person job that requires removing the old opener, mounting and aligning the new unit and securing the motor. Read all instructions on the new unit before beginning installation.


Retailers such as Loews, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Sears that sell garage door opener systems also generally sell replacement parts. As of 2014, each of these retailers also sells universal garage door opener remotes that are compatible with most garage door opener systems.


The Silvelox Trento, Hörmann RollMatic and Martin Athena are among the top garage doors, according to Control4. Other highly rated garage doors include Eden Coast's line of composite doors and the Classic Steel Collection from Wayne Dalton.