Chamberlain PD612EV Review

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Chamberlain PD612EV Review
Bottom Line

Though it's not the most powerful opener you can buy, the 1/2 horsepower Chamberlain PD612EV is more than capable of handling typical residential garage doors, up to 500 pounds. It's not as quite as a belt-drive opener, but it's relatively quiet for a chain-drive model. There are Internet features for those who want the ability to monitor or control their garage door from afar, but you'll need to pay extra for the required gateway. In a refreshing change from the norm, installation looks to cause less grief than most garage door openers, although some are still challenged.

ProsQuiet for a chain-drive opener, Good features, Relatively easy installationConsSome features are optional, No battery back up

Breaking it down

Performance

Relatively quiet, for a chain driven opener. Most owners say the Chamberlain PD612EV is fairly quiet. We still found some complaints about noise, but chain-driven garage door openers are in general the loudest type of opener and many add that it is quieter than the older chain drive openers it replaced. Despite the relatively low horsepower rating, owners say that it can easily handle their residential garage doors.

Features

Well equipped for its price class. With only a 1/2 horsepower mechanism, the Chamberlain PD612EV sits at the low end when it comes to power among residential garage door openers. That said, owners have no complaints regarding lifting power. The lack of a battery back-up is the other significant minus. On the plus side, the opener is Internet connectible and is Chamberlain MyQ compatible, but you'll need to spend extra for the Chamberlain CIGBU MYQ Internet Gateway (Est. $50) to connect to our home network. Otherwise, you'll find two car remotes, and interior wall-mounted control, and external entry keypad, safety sensors and more.

Ownership experience

"Easy" installation. In reading garage door opener reviews, we expect to see many tales of woe from owners who found installation to be beyond their DIY abilities. While the Chamberlain PD612EV isn't immune from such shortcomings, we found more reports form owners who said that their installation went surprisingly smoothly. There are complaints, however, about needing to buy additional parts, such as a longer chain if the one that's included is too short for a specific set up -- and optional extension kits are need for garage doors taller than 7 feet. Ditto from those disappointed with HomeLink compatibility. The PD612EV is compatible with current standards, but not always those used by older vehicles. That can be overcome with an optional adapter, but some users grouse that it should have been included with the opener. The Home Depot exclusive Chamberlain HD420EV (Est. $145) looks to be identical in features and specifications, but its warranty only covers the motor for 10 years (it's lifetime for the PD612EV). We're not sure if that's a clue to why, but we see just a little lower overall satisfaction for the Home Depot version.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Chamberlain PD612EV 1/2 HP MyQ Enabled Chain Drive Garage Door Opener , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2016

Nearly 200 Amazon.com users review the Chamberlain PD612EV, giving it a 4.5-star overall rating. Most, but not all, are pleased and surprised by how quiet this opener is, especially when compared to older screw-drive and other chain-drive openers. While not everyone escapes trouble free, most say installation was relatively easily.

2. HomeDepot.com

Chamberlain Model # HD420EV, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of March 2016

Home Depot offers the Chamberlain HD420EV, which is identical in terms of specs and features to the Chamberlain PD612EV, but carries a shorter motor warranty. Satisfaction is good, but perhaps a touch lower than seen with the PD612EV, 4.2 stars based on nearly 275 reviews.