Chamberlain Belt Drive Garage Door Opener Review – Part 3

Chamberlain Smart Control Panel and Safety Reversing Sensors installation followed by cleaning the garage door tracks. This Chamberlain Belt Drive Garage Door Opener Review is continued from Chamberlain Belt Drive Garage Door Opener Review -Part 2.


The Chamberlain® belt drive garage door opener is fully assembled and I’m ready to wire the door safety sensors, Smart Control Panel and MyQ™ Garage Door Monitor.

Detail of the door arm and trolley assembly:

Chamberlain® Belt Drive Garage Door Opener: Trolley and Door Arm Detail

Another closeup of the belt drive attachment to the trolley and the trolley spring nut. If the belt sags noticeably when the door is raised, tighten the trolley spring nut a full turn to tension the belt, operate the door and tighten the nut a bit more if needed.

Chamberlain® Belt Drive Garage Door Opener: Trolley and Belt Drive Linkages

Chamberlain® Smart Control Panel

The Chamberlain Smart Control Panel was the other reason I purchased the MyQ™ technology belt drive garage door opener – because it’s ultra modern and packed with features:

  • Easy menu driven operation.
  • Illuminated blue LCD display.
  • Displays the time and temperature.
  • Motion detector that turns on the opener lights.
    My wife really likes this feature – never walk into a dark garage again and no fumbling for the light switch.
    The motion detector is excellent and works from the far side of the garage.
  • Displays the backup battery charge status.
  • Automatic Time-To-Close – menu programmable for 1, 5 or 10 minutes and customized up to 99 minutes.
    No worrying if the garage door was left open all day or night.
  • Hold feature – to override the Time-To-Close and keep the door open indefinitely until you decide to close the door.
  • Learn a Device (door remote control or MyQ accessory) directly from the menu.
    No more climbing a ladder to press the Learn button on the motor head.
  • Lock feature to completely disable all garage door remotes.
    Helpful if you’re going away on vacation. For instance, if someone broke into your car while parked in the driveway, the door would not open if the visor remote or HomeLink was pressed.
  • Turns on the opener lights if the door safety sensor beam is broken.
    Nice if the door is left open at night (via the HOLD menu command) and someone walks in the garage. The lights would turn on before a person was close enough to trigger the motion sensor.
  • Displays helpful error messages.
    For example, I received a “Sensor wiring intermittent connection Error Code 14 See User Manual” when blowing leaves obstructed the door safety reversing sensor beam. The computer couldn’t tell if the bad signal were due to a broken wire or blowing leaves breaking the beam, but it pointed me in the right direction and the problem was obvious. Clearing the away the leaves and cycling the door cleared the error message.

Wiring the Smart Control Panel is simple – just strip and connect the two wires to screws on the panel. The panel draws power from the garage door opener and runs on the backup battery power if the house power is out.

The large button at the top of the control panel operates the door, while the bottom button labeled “Light” simply turns ON and OFF the opener lights.

Chamberlain® Garage Door Opener: Smart Control Panel

The Time To Close (TTC) can be set for 1, 5 or 10 minutes to automatically close the door – assuming nothing is blocking the door safety sensors. The TTC can optionally be customized for up to 99 minutes. The TTC is helpful if you forget to press the remote control button to close the door.

Take care that the TTC function is disabled if the garage door opener is operating on backup battery power.

Pressing the HOLD navigation button (forth button to the right) will disable the TTC function. This is helpful if you’re working in the garage or yard and want to keep the door open.

Chamberlain® Garage Door Opener: Smart Control Panel – Time To Close (TTC)

Chamberlain® Smart Control Panel – Programming Remote Controls

Programming Remote Controls and MyQ™ accessories is easy with the Smart Control Panel. Simply navigate the on-screen menus to PROGRAM → REMOTE:

Chamberlain® Garage Door Opener: Smart Control Panel – Programming Remote Controls

Press the key on the remote control you want to program and then press the [Enter] key on the Smart Control Panel. I’ve already programmed the large remote control button to operate the door. In this example, I’ve navigated to PROGRAM → LIGHT TO REMOTE to program the 3rd remote control button to turn ON/OFF the garage door opener lights. Cool!

Chamberlain® Garage Door Opener: Smart Control Panel – Remote Control Programming

I really liked the Smart Control Panel programming because it sure beats the old way of climbing a ladder to press the “Learn” button on the motor head.

Garage Door Safety Reversing Sensors

The Chamberlain garage door opener kit includes two prewired safety reversing sensors with a 25 or 30 foot spool of wire. The sensor bracket securely snaps onto the garage door track. The sensor body attaches to the door bracket with a carriage bolt and wing nut – no tools required. The sensor at the other side of the door (not shown) has a green LED that illuminates when the invisible light beam received. The green LED turns off if the beam is broken or the sensors are misaligned.

Chamberlain Garage Door Safety Reversing Sensor Installation

Chamberlain® Garage Door Opener Wiring and Battery Backup

The Chamberlain Whisper Drive garage door opener accepts 100 watt incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs. The control and sensor wiring hookups are easy with the convenient spring tabs to hold the wires in place. Two sets of wires serve the door safety sensors, the other two wires are for the Smart Control Panel.

The opener setup controls are user-friendly with instructions printed on the side of the opener. The battery status LED in the next image display green (fully charged), flashing green (charging), orange (power lost, running on battery) and red (replace battery). The triangular buttons adjust the up/down door travel limits with automatic force adjustment. The “Learn” button is the large yellow button which illuminates the small yellow LED indicating the opener is in Learn mode.

Chamberlain® Belt Drive Garage Door Opener: Control Buttons and Wiring

The included sealed battery slides into the side of the motor housing and attaches with two wiring clips. A battery typically lasts 3 years. Battery lifetime is mainly affected by heat, which causes a battery to age faster, so your mileage may vary.

Chamberlain® Belt Drive Garage Door Opener: Battery Backup

Chamberlain MyQ™ Garage Door Monitor

MyQ™ Technology is a two-way 900 Mhz wireless home automation system developed by Chamberlain to integrate lighting and monitoring controls with your garage door. The Chamberlain Whisper Drive 3/4 HP Belt Drive garage door opener, Model # 349544, is MyQ enabled and includes the table top Garage Door Monitor.

The MyQ™ Garage Door Monitor (Model #AGDMEV) is linked to the garage door opener via the Smart Control Panel menu commands PROGRAM → MyQ™. The door monitor is AC powered and does not have internal battery. I found that it retains the programmed link to the garage door after being unplugged for over an hour, so no need to reprogram after temporary power outages.

The Garage Door Monitor emits a chime when the door opens and closes. Four volumes levels can be selected low, medium high and off – I prefer the low volume setting.

A steady green status LED indicated the door is closed:

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Monitor: Door Closed Status Indicator

The monitor beeps three times when the door is opened and the red LED status illuminates:

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Monitor: Door Closed Status Indicator

Pressing the “Close Door” button will close the door, assuming nothing is blocking the safety reversing sensors beam. The red and green LEDs will flash and the monitor will emit a long beep when the door is closed.

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Monitor: Door Closing

I like the Garage Door Monitor because:

  • It beeps to let me know someone is arriving home.
  • I can see at a glance if the door is open or closed, and remotely close the door if needed.

Cleaning the Garage Door Tracks

I now have a quiet garage door opener, but a squeaky garage door. A well oiled garage door on clean door tracks goes a long way towards reducing noise. The garage door tracks are caked with layers of old grease that has picked up dust/dirt that adds resistance to the door movement.

There’s nothing like carburetor cleaner for cutting through grease. Carburetor cleaner is really hard on your skin, so I donned a pair of nitrile disposal gloves that are resistant to chemicals. To clean the garage door tracks, I sprayed the track with the carburetor cleaner and wiped the grease off with paper towels. I used a whole can of carburetor cleaner, two rolls of towels and four sets of gloves. Take care to open some windows or the door to air out the toxic carburetor cleaner fumes.

Cleaning the Garage Door Tracks: Carburetor Cleaner and Paper Towels

After cleaning the old grease from the door tracks and door hinges, I used garage door spray-on lubricate to oil the tracks and hinges.

The garage door lube dries fast, prevents rust and doesn’t attract dust. This made a huge difference in the door noise.

Garage Door Tracks: Clopay Professional Garage Door Lubricant

Squirrel Damages the Safety Sensor Wires

A squirrel was trapped in the garage overnight and chewed through the safety sensor wires. I repaired the sensor wires with telephone butt splice connectors.

Hope this helps,

Bob Jackson

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10 Responses to Chamberlain Belt Drive Garage Door Opener Review – Part 3

  1. Micah December 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Bob, thanks for this wonderful write up! After reading your review, I bought the opener and about to go attempt an install. Thanks again for the thorough write up!

  2. Dave August 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    The Chamberlain Belt Drive Opener I just bought does have handy functions. Unfortunately a function it does not have is compatibility with older, door bell style, momentary, push button door actuators. I spent a great deal of money and effort to install a “flash to pass” actuator on my motorcycle some years ago. The transmitter for this unit is located on the bike and when the high beam is flashed, a signal is sent to a receiver mounted in the garage. This receiver acts as a simple relay and is wired to attach to the opener. It worked for a number of years on my old opener but is now useless due to the new electronics on the MyQ system. Very upsetting. Also, I cannot program my wife’s car nor mine to activate the new opener without making numerous phone calls. Nice opener but certain aspects, as noted, are not appreciated. Should have attempted to repair the old opener instead of removing it.

  3. Dat Chu November 10, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Thank you for the details instructions. Thanks to you, I got the door mounting bracket working :-). Does your opener bend slightly when it is opening? This causes the belt to no longer taut and starts hitting the other parts along the rail.

    • BobJackson November 10, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      My rail does flex slightly up and down when the door open and closes. This is normal. You can see it flex in the Youtube video.

      The rail should not flex so much that it whips about and hits the rail. I initially had excessive sagging as you described and solved it by tightening the belt. See the Chamberlain How do I check and adjust the belt drive tension? instructions.

      If it seems that you’re over tightening the belt and at the limit of the adjustment nut travel, try adjusting the door arm and/or door bracket position for better mechanical leverage. A door arm mounted higher and trolley a bit closer to door will better aid the vertical lifting action of a closed door.

  4. Ralph November 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I just purchased this device few weeks ago. Today, it shows the battery is half charged and green LED light flickering constantly, to the point where the wall mounted opener lost the time. What should I do. Did I buy a lemon?

  5. Pete June 20, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Outstanding installation review. Many thanks for the hint on the Coplay Reinforcement bracket. I was unaware it existed, however after installing it , the top section of my garage door is now straight and seals nicely against the frame . The top has a crack in and I was thinking about replacing the door, you saved me $1000 . We will also now attach an angle iron across the door top to strengthen it.

  6. Joey July 9, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Thanks for this tutorial! The user’s manual didn’t show the correct door control, which caused me confusion then I found your site that helped me quickly and easily complete the programming phase.

  7. R J Crabb July 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Bought this unit but don’t see what the yellow wires hanging from the bottom of the unit are for. Hopefully someone here can explain that.

    • Bob Jackson July 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

      The yellow wire is the antenna. If the wire missing or broken the door transmitter (clicker) range will be severely reduced. I can open my door from 100 feet or more away so it’s open before I pull into driveway. Maybe the wire is pushed inside the motor housing?

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