How to Install a Garage Door Opener

Installing an electric garage door opener is not a simple task which you can handle on your own. However, it is also true that the latest garage doors are easier to install or adjust as compared to the traditional ones. There is nothing to stop you from installing a garage door opener if you have the right tools and reasonable technical skills. There are also a lot of companies that offer excellent services at a very affordable cost.

You will find easy-to-follow instructions with all the famous garage door opener kits. Whenever you have decided to do it, it is important to follow these instructions to install the garage door opener successfully. It will help you even you don’t have the basic knowledge to do it by yourself. Actually, garage door openers can be very dangerous if not installed properly because an electric garage door opener is installed with high stressed torsion springs. If they broke suddenly, you could get hurt easily or someone else around you.

The first step for installing a garage door opener is to learn more about how the garage door mechanism works. Since a garage door is a heavy and bulky equipment, therefore, a garage door opener is designed to counterbalance the weight of the garage door. It is important without saying to confirm that the garage door opener should be capable of working with the huge weight of the garage door. If you realize that the garage door is too week to work, it should be reinforced.

Inspecting the actual operations of the garage door opener should be your next action. If you realized that the garage door is not working properly, it could be due to the faulty torsion springs which will be fixed before installing a garage door opener. If you have a traditional garage door opener, you must be thinking about installing a new garage door opener. You just need to make sure that the garage door frame is capable of supporting a new opener that is being installed. 

The garage door opener also has a power unit. It is necessary to install it at the place where nobody will get hurt while walking inside the garage. This device also has a power cord that should be placed within the range of an adult. Therefore, it will go without saying that the electricity supply should be disconnected while working with such a powerful device.

As you know that more hands make the effort less and you may find it quicker to install a garage door opener with the help of others. You should have some required tools such as, drill, tape measure, spirit level, hammer, stepladder, side cutters, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, pliers, and hacksaw.

There are three basic types of garage door openers available in the market. The simplest and easiest one is “screwdriver”. Once installed, it will need little or low maintenance because it has no chains or belts. Electric garage door openers are built-in with the safety features which reverses the garage door to its opened position if something on its way. Make sure that any manual controlled button should be installed out of the range of kids or pets. For additional safety measurements, the garage door sensor should be installed near the bottom of the garage door opening.

Garage door opener installation should only be handled by the person who is experienced in DIY home improvement projects. Don’t compromise on the safety of your family and property. Apart from these, garage doors are extremely heavy and dangerous equipment if not handled properly.