Garage Door Opener Installation

Garage door opener installation isn’t that hard if you take a slow careful approach to it. In fact, you can get it done in one afternoon and have it ready for use that same evening. The garage door opener install kits come with all the necessary hardware, with the exception of re-enforcement for the door, should you need it. All instructions are included as well as the specs.

There are basically three different types of garage door openers. These will be the ‘Belt drive’, which is the most quiet of the three and the most expensive. Then there’s the ‘screw drive’, which is a little less expensive than the belt, and is still quieter than our last one – the ‘chain drive’. The chain drive is the most common and cheapest, and also the most noisy of the three.

The first wise move will be to read over all the directions included in the kit’s manual. Get acquainted with all the little details that are involved. It’s really quite simple but you don’t want to have to backtrack over something relatively simple, that will take more time to correct if not done properly the first time.

Your manual will cover lots of information that will guide you through, from assembly all the way to testing. Some of the subjects covered will be installation, adjustment, operating, programming, repairing and parts for repairing, accessories, and your warranty. You should keep your garage door opener installation manual handy at all times in case you have any need to reference it.

Once you get your opener in place, then you need to adjust it to the proper working settings. Pull your door up around 12 to 14 inches and turn it loose. When it closes, it should do so slowly, and not just drop, or not just hang there. Then try it again from halfway up. This time it should just hang there. Then give it the 3/4 test, and when you release it from here, it should slowly move to the fully opened position.

You can adjust the tension springs yourself, but make sure you do it while the door is fully open. Never try to adjust ‘torsion’ springs. A professional should be called in for this job, as it’s a dangerous undertaking and you could get hurt. Disable all locks and get rid of all ropes from your door. If your door is lightweight, it may require some reinforcement.

The basic progression of steps should go like this: Find the center point in your door opening. Whatever your total door height is, your mounting bracket should be a couple of inches higher than this. Be sure to consult your manual for the exact specifications. Then your rail will go on. To install garage door opener follow the instruction manual perfectly for assembling your rail, then attach it to the bracket which is located above the door opening and in the center.

You can rest the unit motor on a ladder to assist you in attaching your straps to your rafters. Be sure that the motor is in the center between your door tracks. Affix the bracket to the door and put the connecting arm in place. Then for the motor, connect the wires to the switch. Then manual should have some good pictures for illustrating all these installation steps, so it shouldn’t be difficult to understand.

Automatic garage door opener installation isn’t hard if you stick to the instructions. The last step will be your infrared sensors. These are usually placed around six inches above the floor, on both sides of the door, and the wires for them also get attached to the motor. You’ll need a GFCI outlet installed by an electrician unless you can do it yourself. Then you test your open and close adjustments, and there you have it.

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