How To Install And Replace A Garage Door Opener?
The electronic garage door in your house can be a real pain if it starts acting weird and doesn’t operate normally. This is when you have two choices – whether to repair the garage door yourself or call for professional help. Calling a local garage door repair company may sound the right option for many. Any garage door repair company will require some time (sometimes even days) to reach and fix your problem and no all of us can wait that long.
Secondly, the cost of a professional garage door repair company can be a heavy one, especially when compared with fixing it “DIY (do it yourself)” style. So, in this guide, we will tell how to fix one of the most common problems in a garage door – installing and replacing the garage door opener.
A Step By Step Guide To Fix Garage Door Opener!
Step 1: Make Sure Other Parts Are Working Fine
The problem with most of us is that we often tend to think that it is the garage door opener that needs replacing while the actual faulty part goes unnoticed. Before you buy new openers for your garage door it is important to check for other parts as well. For example, if the door I operating very slowly or making weird noises, the problem might be with brackets or out of tune rollers.
Step 2: Check the balance
Let your garage door go halfway – if it operates very slowly and moves on its own then the torsion spring might need replacement. Remember that weaker springs results in more wear and tear to openers.
Step 3: Choose The Right Garage Door Opener
Choosing the right opener is important. We advise our readers to go for ½ hp or 1/3 hp. Some people are of the opinion that installing an opener with higher horsepower will make their doors to work faster. This is not true as all openers have a set speed. When choosing openers, you should also know that they are available in belt drive, screw drive or chain drive. They all have different functions, so just select the one best for your needs.
Step 4: Setting up the opener for installation
Place the opener on the ladder and with the help of scrap lumber; adjust the height of the opener so that you can easily work. Here it is also important to align the rail of the opener with the center of your garage door. Use manufacturer’s instruction manual to fix the rail on the header bracket and assemble the opener.
Pro Tip: As you align the opener, we recommend you keep the door open as it is easier to do that compared with a closed door.
Step 4: Angle Iron
Angle iron provides extra stability to the opener and we recommend using a solid, heavy duty angle iron. Also, the angle iron that comes with your opener is most likely to be the thin and flimsy type. It is better not to use it and buy a new, stronger one. A stronger angle iron will increase the useful life of garage door opener.
Attach the angle iron to the joist with the help of lag screws. Now hang the openers and use nuts and bolts where needed. Also, since this part will be subjected to vibration, use adhesives or lock washers to prevent
Step 5: Replace other components
The wall button and electrical wires that comes with your opener are there for a reason. You need to replace them too when replacing the opener. The original wiring must have been there for 10 years, chances are it must be worn or nicked. Replacing the wiring will hardly take 15 minutes, so, it’s worth it. Sometimes, the newer openers will not work altogether with older wiring and wall button. However, if the wires are concealed inside a wall, you don’t need to change them.
Step 6: Opening force:
It is now time to adjust the force with which the garage door opens. Place your foot on the door to prevent it from opening and then open the garage door with a remote. If your foot can easily stop the upward movement of the door – you’re good to go. If it’s too powerful, you may need to adjust the opening force.
That’s it guys, you have successfully installed a new opener on your garage door!