How to Install a Garage Door Opener

Installing a garage door opener is not a do it yourself type project. However, it is also true that modern garage door openers are easier to install as compared to traditional ones. There is nothing to stop you from installing a modern garage door opener on your own if you have reasonable DIY abilities. You will receive the required fitting instructions with the kits of the modern garage door opener. It is important to follow the instructions accordingly. Actually, garage door opener installation can be dangerous if not fitted correctly, due to the high tensioned garage door torsion springs are mounted at the end. You could quite easily end up with injuries and damages around you.  If you are not confident enough, it is strongly suggested that consult a professional garage door services handle the job.

Before installing an opener, it is essential to evaluate how well the garage door itself functions. It is good to keep in mind that all garage doors are not fairly weighted. An electric opener is designed to support a heavy garage door. It should obvious without saying to make sure that the opener which you are installing is capable of handling the weight of your garage door.  Observing the actual operations of the garage door should be your next action. If you experienced that the garage door does not operate smoothly, it could be due to faulty springs which will need adjustment or replacement before installing an opener. If the garage door itself looks not good, you should install a new one. In that case, you will also need to make sure that the existing frames of the garage door are capable of supporting the weight of a new garage door to which a new opener is being installed.

Garage door opener comes with power units. Make sure that nobody walking around your garage door. The modern garage door opener consists of a power cord that should be placed within the range of adults. Definitely, it should go without saying, the electric supply should be disconnected while working with the electric wires needed to supply the power to the opener. More hands make the efforts less and you may find it easier to fit the new opener by having supporting hands. You may also need specific tools including a spirit level, stepladder, drill, hammer, tape, measure, side cutters, various screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, pliers, and hacksaw.

There are three types of garage door openers. The simplest and easiest type to be installed is the screwdriver garage door opener. Once installed successfully, it will need little or no maintenance because it does not has chains or belts. All-electric garage door openers come with built-in safety features that stop and reverse its movement when it hits something on its way to down.

Make sure that wall-mounted control pads are fitted out of the reach of kids so that they cannot play with the garage door. For extra-ordinary safety measurements, safety blinking beams should be placed near the bottom of a garage door.

Garage door opener installation should be conducted by somebody who is more confident and experienced in DIY projects. What you accomplished, don’t leave the corners when it concerns safety. Apart from anything else, a garage door is extremely heavy equipment and can be dangerous if not managed properly.