Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 263
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by esscargo55 Delivers on the promise
Great product. I have an oversized, heavy two bay garage door; this product replaced a 25-year old 1/3-hp chain drive opener that finally died. I had to buy the extension kit which includes an additional section of channel/rail and an entire new (longer) cogged belt. (The OEM shorter belt gets thrown away, which is kind of a waste, but with the belt design there is really no other option.) It took a little while to replace the belt, but the directions were good if you read them carefully.
It took two of us about 7 hours to install, but we worked slow and tried to do things right the first time. We were able to pretty much re-use the mounting hardware for the previous opener to install the new Genie. The clear directions and color-coded hardware bags were a great help. As you see in one of the photos, I bought a surge protector to protect the sensitive and complex electronics in this new unit and ensure a long life.
As far as performance, the unit seems very rugged and is extremely quiet as others have said. The door still makes noise when opening, but now all you hear is the hinges, rollers and creaks from the door itself. I particularly like the "slow start" feature that is built into the DC-motor.
The unit was very easy to program (clickers, limit switches) and really pretty much works as advertised. This is a great product and Genie has burnished their image a lot in my book. I had an earlier "Chain Glide" Genie unit that I took out and threw away after a couple years of recurring breakdowns, so this one marks a complete turnaround in their brand image for me.
December 8, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DoItYourselfer Broken and missing parts
I read the instructions and preassembled it on the floor. It was obvious right off the bat that one of the brackets that mount the power head to the rail was missing. I finally made one to keep the project going but when I went to engage the carriage with the belt "bullet", that's when I realized that the carriage was blown out and the spring I was seeing shouldn't have even been visible. Overall, I'm disappointed with the purchase thus far. I'll call the helpline in the morning and see if they even believe my story. I'm a mechanic by trade and should be trusted to put up my own DIY garage door opener.
December 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrMoose Great product let down by errors in installation instructions
After a Genie screw drive unit failed after ~6 years of service, I was a bit hesitant to replace it with another from the same manufacture (only 6 years?) However, the root problem of the failure was the screw drive which was due to the very cold temperatures around here. Perhaps the screw drive unit just wasn't the right unit for the job.
What was needed was something with a belt drive and more motor power. This unit appeared to be a fit.
My father in-law and I are mechanically inclined and have installed many garage doors and openers before. It was easy to figure out what was correct by looking at the markings on the parts. However, they sometimes didn't agree with the installation instructions.
After ~60 minutes the unit was installed and didn't work. The next error in the installation instructions was found: The wiring in the instructions was incorrect but was correct in the trouble shooting guide. A simple change in wiring and the unit was working.
The unit is quite and smooth even with a large, heavy insulated door. It works well even at -25F below, which is something the screw drive unit didn't do.
March 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Roma So far so good
Easy instal only 45 min. Very quiet and smooth operation. Looks really nice and is very light compared to my old opener. Overall very happy so far. Can't really say anything to reliability due to ownership <1month.
June 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DJTWIN Very quiet and smooth
This was probably the easiest Garage opener I have ever installed. It was easy to program and runs very smooth and quietly.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Andy Not bad to set-up!
I bought this unit because it had a better warranty than the Chamberlin belt drive, though it was the same price. This opener took me 6 hours to complete by myself and this included taking out the old Craftsman and running all new wire. The programming of this opener was also the easiest I've ever seen! This unit also runs so quiet, my garage door is the only thing making noise! The C-channel track is also a lot sturdier than the old Craftsman. I don't know of anyone who has a Genie but I'd sure recommend it any day of the week!
September 7, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bob62 Wow, what a difference....
Replaced my builder installed 1/3 hp LiftMaster with this unit. Put it in by myself. It took a couple hours but if you go slow and follow the instructions its not that difficult to do. Used a 6 ft ladder, socket set,strewdrivers and a level. Much, much quieter then the screw drive unit I had. Nice tight closing and easy to program. Easily tied it into both of our Nissans (instructions were in the car's owners manual) freeing up the controller for a spare and my sons vehicle. Love the wireless exterior control as well. My old unit didn't have one.
September 29, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Poor circuit board
The cost was very reasonable and the opener was sent in a timely manner.
The installer installed the opener with ease (thanks A-1 Garage Doors) but then came the problem.
After having no luck with programming the opener; a call was placed to Genie. The representative stated the circuit board has been problematic and I could take down the head unit , and "sometimes" Home Depot replaces the head unit. She also said they could send another circuit board out and it would arrive in six days..
I would think that if Genie has a known problem with one of their systems it would advise the consumer. I also feel if Genie has to replace a circuit board they should send it overnight; not six days.
December 27, 2012