Our garage is the primary in-out for our house, I assume most homes with an attached garage are the same. The opener that was installed when we bought the house was a nice, belt-driven model that was fairly quiet. The opener always worked great, it was the accessories failing that caused me to finally replace it.
To begin with, the button pad near the home entry had been whacked about 3,000 times too many. It still worked but the big plastic button was long gone. Instead, you had to find a little tiny button inside the housing. The light sockets had tons of rust in them which meant keeping the lights working was a frequent chore. The final straw was when my son was dropped off with no one else home and he couldn’t get in with the outdoor key pad. It had just worked the day before and I’d recently replaced the battery.
I went the next day and grabbed a wifi enabled opener from home depot. We stuck with a belt driven model. I play beer league hockey a couple nights a week, the games are often late so its nice to have a quiet opener to not disturb the wife and kids.
Getting the old one down was pretty easy. I believe there were two bolts holding it to the ceiling, two lag bolts holding it up over the door and the pin through the bracket attached to the door itself.
The new opener had to be assembled, I decided to watch their instructional video while eating lunch. This was a lot better than following the instructions step by step. I was able to tilt the end that attached above the door up and set it roughly in place, then lift the motor end up to the brackets hanging from the ceiling. This was easy enough by myself. It took a few minues to calibrate the open and closed position and connect it to wifi.
In addition to a working key pad, we can now all open and close the door from our phones. It also has some great features, it can be set to close itself it is open for more than 10 minutes after 10pm. I’m told that you can also link the garage door with your Amazon account. This would allow deliveries to be placed inside your garage instead of on the porch.