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The purpose of an automatic garage door opener is to make life a bit more convenient. If you choose the wrong equipment, whether it’s for residential or commercial use, the opener will do the opposite and create hassles and possibly be a safety hazard. Our experts at American Garage Door Co. can help you determine the level of power best suited to the style of your garage door. Openers with the correct power will work as intended without wasting money or causing unnecessary wear and tear to the motor. Let’s take a look at what power is right for your garage door opener in Arizona.

Examine Your Garage Door

The first step to picking the best garage door opener for your needs is to take a good look at your garage door. Take note of its size as well as its weight and keep those numbers handy as you begin to look at what’s on the market. Small garage doors – those eight feet tall and ten feet wide or less – typically do well with openers that require relatively little power. Large or heavy doors, on the other hand, require progressively more power as their size and weight increases.

Note that the size and weight of your garage door are not the only factors to consider. You should also take a look at the material of the door itself. Solid wood doors, for example, will likely require more power than uninsulated steel doors due to the significant difference in weight.

Weigh Power Options

Once you know the dimensions of your garage door, take a look at the power options on the market. Our online store offers a wide variety of choices that typically range from 1/3 horsepower to more than one horsepower. American Garage Door Co. sells openers by Marantec, Atoms by Skylink, Liftmaster, Genie, Micanan, Linear, and Sommer-USA.

The most common level of power for residential use is ½ horsepower. However, you might need more or less depending upon the factors discussed above. If you have a large garage door or a particularly heavy door, then ¾ horsepower might be the better option.

As a distributor of garage doors and related products since 1959, Phoenix-based American Garage Door Co., Inc. offers a broad selection of high-quality garage doors with the functionality, designs and accessories to complement your home. For more information contact us toll free at 866-541-3300, locally at 602-437-3300, or by email at