Installing a garage door opener is a seamless process for garage door repair experts. However, with our free guide, it becomes much easier for everyone who intend to learn or even practically install one. So as not to fix it later at garage door repair in Abbotsford, see the step by step guide.
Step 1: Preparing to install the opener
- Begin by assessing whether your garage door can have its opener attached on it or not. You should have a modern type garage door with multiple horizontal sections because it solves many compatibility puzzles.
- Choose the right garage door opener. Basically, there are two main types of garage door openers; belt driven and chain driven types. They use different parts for operation but have similar way of operation. However, belt driven openers are quieter and should be your best pick.
Step 2: prepare the garage door for opener installation
- Begin by properly lubricating the garage door before garage door repair.
- Confirm presence of an electric plug closer to the door opener area. Usually, the plug is installed on the ceiling, facing down. If this is missing, consider engaging a licensed electrician to install one.
- Cross-check the opener parts in your package with the parts list. This will ensure you are not stopped halfway when you realize one key part is missing from your package.
Step 3: Installing the garage door opener
- Put together all the main garage door opener assembly. Follow the guide below;
- Fix the rails together by attaching each piece on the other as directed in the installation manual.
- Slide the trolley carriage over the rail.
- Attach the rail to the motor. This piece will be situated furthest away from the garage door.
- Fix the pulley to the end but opposite the motor.
- Feed the belt around the pulley, motor and the other end of the rail.
- Attach the end of your belt to the carriage and adjust tension using the screw.
- There should be a block on the ceiling for attaching the garage door opener. If this is missing, install one. Your opener should have come with adequate instructions to guide you on the blocking specifications. Be very sure to use solid wood as blocking for your garage door.
- Locate the position of a connection on your garage door where to attach the bracket which came with the garage door opener. Attach the bracket on it. If your opener package did not come with a bracket, consult the instructions and establish the type of bracket needed before you talk to your local store attendant.
- Connect the bracket to the end of the assembly according to the prescribed instructions.
- Be sure to install the power unit very high up, at least 7 feet high, to keep tall people out of it.
Now that you know what do to bring your garage door opener to operation, let’s look at a few additional features for your garage door.
- Install a manual disconnect rope at least 6 feet above the floor for easy access by every adult.
- If your garage door opener compartment came with a lightbulb socket, insert a bulb in it. When buying a lightbulb, choose one with the “rough service” rating on it. This will be more adapted to the vibrations your garage door is likely to send over and over during its operation. The lightbulb also helps in programming your door appropriately.
- Adjust the electric eye and safety reverse systems properly.
- Test the door to be sure the opener operates correctly.