Most garage door openers come with manuals, and if you’re handy, they can be easy to install yourself.
Before starting, fix broken parts
The first rule of garage door opener installation is that you must first fix any broken parts. If you’ve noticed that your garage food is very noisy or it opens much slower than usual, for example, it could be that it is the door, not the opener that is the problem. If that’s the case, check the doors from broken or insecure brackets and rollers, springs, and coils. If you find any, call in a professional garage door repairman and have them fix the problem.
Once any broken parts are fixed, you’re good to get started on your garage door opener installation...
In order to complete this job effectively, you’ll need:
Step by step overview
Step 1: choose the best garage door opener
A ⅓ ore ½ garage door opener is ideal for a single garage door, whereas a ¾ hp model is perfect for heavier wooden and faux wood garage doors.
Step 2: Place garage door opener on a ladder
This will make it easier to install the garage door opener. Just ensure that the opener’s rail is correctly aligned with the middle of the garage door. Then simply follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to mount the rail to the bracket located above the door (the header bracket).
Top tip: you can use a piece of scrap wood to adjust the height so that the opener is exactly where you need it to be.
Step 3: Hang the garage door opener with an angle iron
Most garage door openers come with a strap for hanging, but this is far less secure than a heavy-duty angle iron, which you can purchase at any good hardware store.
Using one of these will reduce any vibrations from the garage door, extend the life of the job, and make for a stronger setup.
You can use 1- inch lag screws to secure your angle iron to the face of the joist if you have an unfinished garage, or 3-inch lag screws to secure the angle to the bottom of joists if your ceiling has been finished.
Then, secure an additional two angle iron lengths with standard nuts and bolts. Finish by using thread-locking adhesive on the nuts to keep them in place for longer.
Step 4: replace everything
It’s tempting to keep components like wall buttons and photoelectric eyes for reuse, but you should really use the new ones as they are the ones that will work best with your new garage door opener. Simply wire them up using the existing wiring, providing it is in good condition, If not, that may need to be replaced too.
Step five: Check the door’s opening power
Next, you’re going to want to check the opening force of the garage door opener, You can do this by placing your foot on the door before using the controller to open it. If the pressure from your foot is enough to stop the door opening, you’ve got it right, if not, you may need to adjust the resistance.
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