Do-it-yourself garage door opener installation

Garage door openers are meant to stand the test of time and last for years, but eventually they all konk out at some point. You can attempt to fix the engine or simply buy a new assembly. Either way, you will want to learn a little bit about the mechanics of garage door openers. Installation is something you can do yourself, as long as you follow the manufacturer's instructions and a few basic guidelines. This is a job that will require an extra set of hands, so if you can't find a neighbor to help, you might want to hire some professional garage door opener installers.

Installing a garage door opener is no more complicated than changing out car batteries, but it takes a little more muscle and planning beforehand. The first thing you will need to do is prepare yourself and your work area. Pull the cars out of the garage and place a ladder underneath the motor. Then you will want to check the door. Make sure it is well-lubricated and opens easily with your hands; if the door doesn't open well by hand, even the strongest motor will have difficulty opening it.

Survey the edges of the garage door and the area surrounding the ceiling mount to make sure there are no loose ropes or debris that could get tangled up in the chain or door as you are working. Finally, take off all loose jewelry or clothing; if you are too close to the door or opener, these items could get wrapped up in the assembly, endangering you and possibly breaking your new motor. Even if you have been installing garage door opener assemblies for years, you can never be too cautious.

General installation tips

As you are installing your new opener, keep in mind that it needs to be installed at least 7 feet high to give people enough head room. If your garage ceiling is unusually low, then you should probably install a jackshaft opener instead of a traditional ceiling-mounted model. Use the top of the ladder to steady the heavy part of the assembly as you are preparing it for the ceiling install. Garage door opener safety tips also typically include a reminder to make sure the motor is unplugged or the power is turned off so that you do not accidentally electrocute yourself. Once you have the ceiling mount supports installed, then you need to check the installation at the door. Your garage door opener should connect to your door at exactly the center point. If it is not centered, the opener could pull your door up at angle, which will cause your door to get stuck and possibly damage both the door and the opener.

Once your garage door opener is installed, do a thorough check and fine-tuning. Check to make sure that the door is opening and closing at a steady, even pace. Also, check your lasers to make sure the emergency reverse function is operating correctly. Keep an eye out for jiggling or screeching noises that might indicate something is out of alignment. Ensure that your chain and door are well-lubricated and operating smoothly. If anything needs adjustment, fine-tune it now to prevent wear and tear on your door and motor.

Garage door installation is not too hard when you follow manufacturer's instructions and stick to common-sense safety rules. Whether you are installing a garage door opener for the first time or updating an out-of-date opener, Sears can help you find all the tools and equipment you need to do it yourself.

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