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How To Install A New Garage Door Opener

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If you are having problems with your electric garage door opener, or simply want to replace it for security reasons, you may be able to do it yourself. If you are doubtful of your ability to install it, definitely call a professional, such as The Garage Door Co Ltd, to have it installed. Otherwise, the following tips can help you install it on your own.

Find a Good Garage Door Opener

The first step is of course to choose the type of garage door opener you want. Home improvement stores will sell a variety of door openers that fall within a large range of prices. The manufacturer, added accessories, and style will all determine the price of the opener. There are certain accessories to consider when buying the garage door opener, such as having one that has standby power; this means you can still get the garage door opened even if the power goes out.

You might also consider a mini remote control--which is about half the size of a standard model--a built-in surge protector, garage door monitor, or a laser parking assistant so you can park in the same position every time.

Gather Your Tools and Equipment

To install the garage door opened, you will need a variety of tools and equipment. Most of these tools come in your standard toolbox, so you will already have them on hand. Others you may need to pick up from the hardware store when you purchase your garage door opener. Before you begin, make sure you have:

  • Stepladder
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Electric drill
  • Socket wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Tape measurer
  • Hammer

Install the Garage Door Opener

Now that you have gathered your tools and have your garage door opener purchased, it is time for the installation process. Follow these steps to get it installed safely and effectively:

  1. Install the bracket. There is a bracket that needs to be installed in the framing above your garage door opening. Make sure it is centered and a couple inches above the top of the garage door.
  2. Attach the rail. Next, assemble the rail sections that came with your garage door opener. The manufacturer should have also supplied the necessary hardware for attaching the rail. After it is firmly attached, attach the rail to the motor unit.
  3. Install the chain. After you have the rail sections installed, you need to attach the chain. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching the chain as it can vary slightly based on different models. If there is not a chain, your specific door opener might have a belt instead.
  4. Attach the rail and motor unit. Place the motor unit on the floor and position the rail on the header bracket. Align the holes for proper mounting and slide in the pin. Secure the connection by inserting the locking pin. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching the motor unit to the angle brackets. If you had a garage door opener before, you might already have angle brackets where they need to go.
  5. Install the arm. The arm of the system is what connects the rail system to the garage door. Attach the arm to both of these garage door parts with the hardware that came with the garage door opener.
  6. Install the optical sensors. One of the most important parts of installing a garage door opener is getting the optical sensors installed. If done incorrectly, the door may close on someone or something that is blocking its path. The sensors are mounted just a few inches from the ground and aligned so that they are parallel to each other.
  7. Attach the wall unit. The last step is to install the wall opener unit, which is a button that opens the garage door from the inside. Make sure it is a comfortable height for adults to reach, but too high for children to access. Once this is done, the unit can be plugged in and tested.

Enjoy your brand new garage door opener. If you are having difficulties, contact a professional to install it for you.