To give you a better understanding of a garage door opener, we have prepared a complete list of opener components and accessories. 

A Full Garage Door Parts Guide

Garage Doors 101

The Two Leading Garage Door Openers In The North American Market 

Before we dive into the various parts, let us start with the leading opener types out in today’s market. 

The most common opener the real OG- A trolly garage door opener, is the one you see growing up in your parent’s house, and most likely the one in your garage right now.

The 2nd most common option, the contender A side-mounted  Jackshaft opener – widely used for commercial garage doors, in recent years we have seen an influx with these in residential garage doors applications as well.

Garage door opener parts 

Motor Head – The motor head is the brain and the heart of the opener system. It houses the motor, gears, motherboard, travel module etc.

If you have a trolley opener, it is located overhead in the center of the garage. If your garage door is paired with a side-mounted jackshaft, it should be on the top side mounted to the torsion tube, and a jackshaft opener can fit on either the left or the right side. 

Main Gear – you can find the main gear inside the motorhead, this essential part is made out of nylon for safety reasons, and the worm gear is made from a hard plastic material. 

liftmaster nylon gear

Travel limits/Travel module – A digital electronic board is located inside the motorhead in a newer opener. In the older garage door openers, it is mechanical, and even older units will have their travel limits on the rail as switches 

lm travel module


Sprocket – is located on top of the motorhead, and the chain or belt sprocket is connected to the main gear shaft.



Opener rail – an opener rail is a long metal bar that connects to the motorhead and goes all the way to the header. You will either have a chain or a belt drive; if you have an older opener, you might find a screw drive model. The rail comes in a few different sizes, the most common would be 7 ft and 8 ft. The professional rails come in one piece; the store-bought openers for DIY come as an assembly rail and are not as sturdy as the one-piece one.

garage door operator rail

*Keep in mind that store-bought openers will always come with a 7ft rail. If you have a bigger door you would require an extension piece.*

Garage door opener traveller – The traveller is located on the opener rail, and it is an essential component in your garage door system. When the motor spins the main gear, the traveller travels from one end to the other, thus lifting the garage door and lowering it.

Drawbar / J-ARM – The drawbar is the connecting link between the garage door opener and the garage door. The drawbar consists of two metal bars; one straight and one in a J shape. The two bars are connected in the center and can be adjusted according to the opener installation guidelines. 

Wall control panel/pushbutton – A wall-mounted control panel that allows you to open and close the garage door, lock it, monitor the status and many other features such as a timer to close. Most of the wall control panels are hardwired to the opener, but some brands have a wireless option. 

garage door wall botton

Garage door opener safety devices

Safety sensors/photo eyes –  The safety sensors are located at most 6″ off the floor on both sides and mounted on the side tracks. A safety device transmits a laser beam from the transmitting sensor to the receiving sensor. If a person or car passes when the garage door closes and blocks the laser beam, the garage door opener will reverse and open. 

Auto reversal system – This is a safety feature built in every opener; this system works as follows: when the garage door is closing down, and it hits an object, the garage door should reverse back up

Emergency release lever – There is an emergency garage door lever or option on every garage door opener. In case of an entrapment or power outage, you can still open the garage door manually. You can find the emergency release lever connected to the garage door opener traveller as a red cord with a red plastic handle. Pulling the red cord will disengage the garage door from the opener, making the manual option possible. 

Garage door opener accessories

Opener bracket – The bracket that holds the drawbar/Jarm, and it is better to get an opener bracket that spreads out throughout the whole height of the section for best support. 

Garage door remote/clicker – The garage door remote or clicker is a handheld transmitter that runs on batteries and allows you to open/close the garage door from a distance with a push of a button. Most remotes for newer openers work on rolling code tech or mega code.

Internet gate – An internet gate is an optional accessory for older garage door openers; it is hardwired to the opener and allows the user or homeowner to download an app and control the garage door with their smartphone. It works from anywhere as long as an active internet connection provides unprecedented convenience and remote control from any location.

Laser pointer/parking guide – The laser pointer is an accessory that should make your life much easier, especially when parking in a tight garage. The laser pointer is aimed into a fixed position, providing you with a stopping point for your vehicle. 

Wireless keypad/ wireless entry – Similar to a remote, a wireless entry keypad works on the same tech as a remote. The difference is it works with a 4-digit PIN. 

Garage door opener receiver – A garage door opener receiver is hardwired to the opener or the wall control panel, gives the ability to program additional remotes, it is ideal with old or commercial openers that are obsolete or no longer in production.

Garage door opener lock – An automatic lock mounted on the side track automatically locks when the door is closed. This lock feature is optional on selected garage door models.  

Backup battery – A 12-Volt lithium-ion battery that is placed inside the motorhead or outside the opener in older garage door operators can hold a charge for about 20 cycles before draining. 

Garage door opener camera – As of now, the only option available is the LiftMaster 85503. This opener is from the elite series. The camera provides the opportunity to see what is going on in the garage; the owner can see who enters the garage. This great security feature includes activity notifications and is a worthwhile investment.

Garage door opener connectivity

Genie Aladin Connect – the Genie/Overhead smartphone control application

MyQ Connect – LiftMaster/Chamberlain smartphone control application

Spott Connect– Linear smartphone control application

Homelink – The HomeLink system is a bridge from your built-in control in your vehicle to the opener, and most of modern cars will have this built-in feature in the rearview mirror, providing a remote control for three doors. The HomeLink is a much safer option compared to leaving a remote in the car in case of a break-in occurs. 

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Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
04:41 09 Feb 20
My old garage door opener failed on Saturday afternoon. I called Titan Garage Doors in Coquitlam and was amazed to... learn that they could have someone available to look at it that day. Technician Adam was at my door shortly after 6:00 pm. An hour and a half later, I had a brand new opener installed, the spring rebalanced, and door joints lubricated. I was very pleased with the prompt and professional service. Titan will be my “go to” for all of my garage door needs going more
Simon Hardy-Francis
Simon Hardy-Francis
02:08 17 Jan 20
One of our two, relatively new, garage door springs broke after about 5 years. So googled and found Titan Garage Doors... to fix it. They turned up same day within 1.5 hours to fix it. Alex, the technician was a super nice and super skillful guy, and it was obvious he had done the job countless times. He had to work in cramped conditions because the cars were struck in the garage, but he did a great job. The final price for two new springs was C$420 including tax. I'm only taking a star off because the person on the phone initially -- not Alex -- said a different price range; $150 to $250 ish. They must replace pairs of springs all day long... so why not just quote the real prices charged over the phone? Summary: Loved Alex. Hated the phone person in more
Chris M
Chris M
20:37 31 Dec 19
Needed a new spring replacement. I was able to make an appointment same day and the technician was excellent. Great... customer service and stayed true to their estimate that was quoted over the phone. I would use them more
Kevin S
Kevin S
23:07 28 Dec 19
My garage door spring snapped. Called these guys first thing in the morning. When the mechanic arrived 30 minutes... later, I was anticipating getting ridiculous quote like those locksmith scam (paid $260 for 1 minute of job because locksmith knows you are desperate about getting locked out). Later I realized garage door repair isn’t the same as locksmith. I was given a reasonable quote for one hour of labour and it includes the price of the spring. After the mechanic got the door fixed, I was able to pay by credit card and was given a receipt. And on top of that, there is warranty for their repair work. I hope I don’t have to called them any time soon, but if I have to I will. Highly more
David Ronald
David Ronald
20:21 14 Dec 19
Customer service phone response was excellent. Service tech , Alex, arrived promptly, surveyed the issue, provided... options , made adjustments and debriefed very professionally. Management of payment was fast and fair. This was an overall excellent more
Rob C
Rob C
02:54 11 Dec 19
Very prompt service. The technician, Eli, was pleasant, courteous and professional. He assessed the problem that we... were having with our garage door opener, opened the unit up and showed me the parts that had failed. Upon my approval of his price quotation, he went to work replacing the defective/failed part which I was pleased to find out that he carried in his vehicle.Very happy with the experience and highly recommend this technician and the more
Bebe Z
Bebe Z
04:37 10 Dec 19
We're very happy with the service. Dan did a great job fixing our garage door. He also updated all rollers and... installed door seals on the sides and top. Would recommend to anyone who needs their garage door fixed or more
Patrick Wright
Patrick Wright
01:49 26 Nov 19
I would NOT recommend this company!We called Titan to come and do a service, maintenance and any necessary repair on... our garage door. The technician showed up, spent maybe 10 minutes at our place, balanced the door, took his $120 bucks and basically that was it. We asked if there was anything else that needed to be done and we were told no.Our installer arrived the next day and we were told that some of the rollers and hinges would need to be replaced prior to the installation of our new garage door opener. We were not told by Titan that any of this needed to be done.Titan returned the next day to give us a quote for the rollers and hinges... They quoted $40 dollars for each hinge, and $15 per roller. We have 12 hinges/rollers! At this rate, we'd be better off buying a whole new door!We had another company come in and replace only what was broken for a fraction of the cost and they did an amazing jobI would not recommend this company, unless you have money to burn and want to overspend!read more
Rennie Durgapershad
Rennie Durgapershad
22:48 02 Nov 19
This was great and most expeditious service. The installer Adam was great and knowledgeable. Impressed with speed of... the service!read more
Chris Adamson
Chris Adamson
18:16 18 Oct 19
I am very happy with the service. Adam from Titan Doors did a great job fixing my garage door. He found the problem... right away (broken spring) and replaced the part quickly which he already had with him. Arrived within half an hour of me calling at 9 in the morning and fixed it all before 11am! Garage opens smoother and quieter than it did before! Thank you!!read more
Keni Casti
Keni Casti
23:38 01 Oct 19
We had Mario respond fast, (within the hour) he was very professional and friendly. He did excellent work and explained... step by step everything that was repaired. Excellent all more
Frances Jans
Frances Jans
18:38 29 Aug 19
Convenient, called last night with a garage door issue, made an appointment for between 8-9am the next morning. Kim and... his team showed promptly within the time frame given, and completed within the hour. I would recommend this more
Sarabjit Sehmi
Sarabjit Sehmi
01:15 29 Aug 19
Excellent service provided today along with the parts supplied. Best people to deal with regarding the repairs of any... garage doors requirements. Called them in an hour and were at my house within the specified time. Recommend this company for any repair more
Flora Lai
Flora Lai
20:45 26 Aug 19
These guys are great. They worked hard. Polite and nice. It is a good job.
Farid Jamal
Farid Jamal
21:11 04 Jul 19
These guys were great for speed and quality of service . They came in the first part of time window provided, reviewed... the work, provided a quote, which was just as well, as the their dispatcher had provided much lower quotes, I was happy with the quote and recommendations and they proceeded with the job. They were efficient, courteous and clean.. I would not only use them again, but also highly recommend more
Sonia Workman
Sonia Workman
23:11 02 Jul 19
Garage door busted today and Kim was here within an hour and even called to let me know he was running a bit late so I... was waiting around. Was fast, efficient and thorough! Even fixed something else that I didn't notice. Would definitely recommend Kim and his services to anyone that needs any sort of garage door repair!!!!read more
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