Many if not most of the customers who are looking for a good value garage door opener prefer those panels that do not have so much unnecessary feature in them. This lessens the complications of probably having an error in compatibility. This is the main battle cry of the LiftMaster 3255 as the manufacturer opted in giving the model fewer “bells and whistles” in order to focus in much more basic yet crucial functions.
We can’t expect MyQ or HomeLink compatibility in it but we can optimistically hope that it has a better wireless range and more secured encryption. Join us as we analyze these factors one by one.
- EASE OF USE
In terms of build, this is probably the most compact design we have seen. It is not as small as other 1/2HP devices, yet not as large as those heavy ones. Hence, it features a very sleek design, but not to the point of being perceived as flimsy and weak. Its 1-button garage door remote has a more secured rolling technology which encrypts the code that is being exchanged by the machine to communicate.
On top of that, these encrypted codes change every time you open and close your machine. That’s three-layered protection against code grabber burglars. It also features the PosiLock feature that locks the door permanently until you are the ones that opens it, preventing any forced entry in the future. In cases of power outage, it has a manual door release that can be used to open your garage.
The ½ HP motor does provide a reliable lift to most sectional doors. It isn’t as fast compared to its ¾ HP counterparts but this is a good thing since a slower motion prevents wear and tear. Installing it was around medium-to-difficult in terms of intricacy, hence, a help might be needed in setting it up.
In its operation, we loved the fact that its sensors are quite responsive, immediately stopping and reversing the door motion if something or someone comes in contact or in between the line of sight of the sensors. It has a 100 watts light bulb, which saves energy more relative to other models. This bulb does have a time delay feature, another basic yet nifty addition.
There isn’t so much bang for this model. It does what it needs to do without any problems and it is even smoother than others. Installing it was a breeze and there were no complicated tasks such as checking if its features were compatible for my house. Its fittings actually match those old models, hence providing this as a replacement can be a good idea. Its motor is also reliable and its motion sensitive lights are a good plus.
Its greatest advantage can also be a disadvantage for some. Although many prefer devices that do not have much drama, still, many would prefer a HomeLink or MyQ compatibility. Sadly, this isn’t the model that’s for you if you belong to the latter type. Its 1/2HP motor isn’t also as powerful as those 3/4HPs in the market and the 1-button remote can fall somewhat short for some.
In conclusion, the LiftMaster 3255 is a reliable garage door opener for a specific set of audience that does not want any clutter in terms of compatibility and installation. It can be set-up quickly and it does operate in a smooth yet reliable manner. While it does not have all of the wireless features of a high-end model, it does compensate well in its compatibility, motor strength, smoothness and security features- things that are to be expected but are often left out by many products due to too much focus on extra features.