Liftmaster 8500 Elite Series Wall Mount Garage Door Opener Review

LiftMaster 8500 review

LiftMaster 8500 Reviews

Most belt drive or chain drive garage door openers are ceiling-mounted. A jackshaft garage door opener is mounted on the wall adjacent to the shaft that rolls up the door and drives it directly. LiftMaster 8500 is a good example of the jackshaft opener, working with doors which have a front-mount torsion spring.

LiftMaster 8500 Features

No DIY

LiftMaster and Chamberlain are two popular garage door opener brands. They are actually belong to the same company.

The main difference is, LiftMaster branded products are purely meant for professional installation while Chamberlain products are meant for self-installing.

It’s especially important when it comes to jackshaft openers. Because if the tension of the door isn’t tuned perfectly, the opener will not function at all.

LiftMaster 8500 has has lots of technical requirements. So I advise you to seek the assistance of a professional installer.

MyQ Enabled

LiftMaster 8500 is MyQ enabled, a welcome feature for home automation. For an extra $40 for the CIGBU internet gateway, this opener can be controlled through a smartphone app.

Though a bit costly due to the extra hardware, you will be able to control the 200W of lighting and the doors power lock and opening functions remotely through the internet.

24V DC motor

This powerful motor can produce 3/4 horsepower. This is a sufficient power for lifting most of the garage doors. And although it is powerful the motor is super quiet.

So you don’t have to worry about letting your whole neighbourhood know whenever you are opening or closing the garage door.

Power locks

This is another handy feature when you are rushing out. The power locks lock the garage door automatically once it is shut, so that you don’t have to get out of the car to lock the garage door.

Protector System

It shoots a beam of infrared light at the base of the garage door opening. So in case there is someone or something at the base of the door, the opener pulls up the garage door.

This is an essential feature for keeping your little ones safe.

Cable tension sensor

The main purpose of this element is to protect your garage doors. The sensor monitors the tension in the cables that pull up the garage.

And in case it detects any abnormalities, the sensor prevents the opener from closing or opening the door.

Since garage door repairs are a costly affair, this feature saves you a lot of cash.

The Wall mount unit

This design ensures that you can fix the opener unit onto the shaft without the need for any railings.

Timer for automatic closing

There is a great chance of you forgetting to close the garage doors especially if you are in a hurry.

Liftmaster 8500 Elite Series comes with a timer so that you can set the minutes to ensure the closing.

Pros
  • This garage door comes at a very reasonable price and offers all the important features.
  • It can be installed easily and neatly since you don’t have to make use of railings or any other complicated hardware.
  • It is weather resistant and tolerates all extreme weather conditions.
  • It comes with a protective gear case that ensures frequent lubrication for smooth closing and opening.
  • The LiftMaster 8500 wall mounted garage door opener is very durable when compared to other brands.
  • The security and safety system is flawless. It protects your garage and lets you monitor the garage door functioning from any place.
  • Adheres with all the UL325 guidelines.
  • It has a rechargeable battery so you don’t have to worry in case there is a power failure. There is also the option of a Manual release handle.
  • It provides a Lifetime warranty for the motor and 5 year warranty for other parts.
  • It uses very less power in standby mode- The opener produces video and audio warnings when the garage door is closing.
Cons
  • We tried our best to dig out some dirt but everything came out clean. A few customers have pointed out the additional cables are short and the screws that were provided were of cheap quality. Others have mentioned that the opener operates the door very slowly. But these are very minor drawbacks which can be overlooked.

Conclusion

The Liftmaster 8500 garage door opener stands out from the rest because of its fine quality and great features. It is an affordable and highly functional garage door opener which suits garage doors of almost all sizes and make.

​The advanced connectivity options allow users to operate the garage door from any device and from anywhere. This garage door opener is also very quiet while working.

​Customers have also have a lot of positive reviews about this opener. We would highly recommend this opener for anyone who is looking for an upgrade or is making a new purchase.

Tips while Using This Product

The 8500 Liftmaster Elite Series Wall Mounted Garage Door Opener  comes with a very descriptive and clearly explained manual. If you follow the instructions properly it will take you about 3 hours to get everything installed.

The only part where you need to be very careful is while taking the measurements to align the opener with door. Most of the customers have mentioned about messing up at this part.

The programming is also super easy. You can set all the security coding and pick whichever features that you would like to add.

 

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