how to install a garage door opener

How To Install a Garage Door Opener
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1 Safety Glasses
2 Protective Gloves
3 Tape Measure
4 Hammer
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2 Screwdriver
3 Flathead
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$100-$200
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Skill Level: Advanced
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How To Install a Garage Door Opener

It's hard to find things that are manually operated nowadays. Few people use push lawnmowers anymore and it's even hard to find cars that aren't automatic. So if you're still pushing and pulling your garage door, it might be time to think about installing an automatic opener. Not only can it be quicker than operating it yourself, but it's also a lot less strain on your back and arms.

If you'd like to try installing your own, it's not that difficult and it shouldn't take that long. Plus, once you've got it installed, you'll wonder how you ever lived without one. Remember switching from manual to automatic car windows? If you're interested in switching to an automatic garage door opener, here's what you'll need and how you'll need to do it.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Make An Assessment Of Your Garage Door

How To Install a Garage Door Opener

Before you get started making any alterations, you'll first want to make sure that you can install an opener. Most modern garage doors should be fine, but if you've got an older garage door, particularly one that's just one big hunk of wood or other material, it might not work. In that case, you'd be better off replacing the garage door first. Then make sure you've got an electrical outlet you can use for the opener. If not, you'll need to hire an electrician to install one. If your garage door and garage are compatible, then next you'll definitely want to make sure that everything is in tip-top working order. First, check the springs to make sure that they're in good repair. Make sure the garage door isn't wobbling or making a lot of noise when you open and close it. That can point to brackets or rollers that need to be tightened.

If everything seems to be working well, next check your garage door's balance. When the garage door is closed, pull the emergency release cord. Then pull the garage door up about halfway. If it moves on its own after that, the torsion spring may need to be adjusted or even replaced.

Lubricate the tracks of your garage door and make sure to disengage any locks.

2

Choose Your New Opener

How To Install a Garage Door Opener

For a single garage door, you'll need a ½ or 1/3 hp opener. 1/3 hp openers can sometimes be hard to find, so don't worry if you can find only a ½ hp opener. If you're installing an opener for a double garage door, choose a ½ hp opener. For heavier garage doors—garage doors that are wooden or have wood overlays—you'll want to choose a ¾ hp opener.

Then you'll choose between chain drive, screw drive, or belt drive. If you're looking to save money, chain drives are the cheapest, but they are usually loud. Screw drives are a little quieter, but also a little more expensive. Belt drives are the most expensive and the most quiet. Whatever you choose will, of course, be dependent on your budget and your tolerance for noise.

3

Assemble And Mount The Opener

How To Install a Garage Door Opener

First, make sure you've got all the parts that are supposed to be included with your opener. Once you're sure, the next step will be assembling the opener. How exactly you'll do it will vary by manufacturer instruction. Generally, though, you will assemble the rail, then slide the carriage (or trolley) over it. This is the part that will open the garage door when it moves on the rail.

Attach the rail to the largest part of the opener, the motor compartment. Then install the pulley at the other end of the motor compartment. If you have a chain or belt drive, you will then feed the chain or belt through the rail around the pulley to the other end where the motor compartment is, where you will attach the chain or belt to the carriage.

4

Install Your Blocking

How To Install a Garage Door Opener

Again, your manufacturer's instructions will have specific details on where these should go. Take care that you're mounting them to the ceiling joists and not hanging them from the sheetrock.

This is also a good time to attach the connection bracket to the garage door frame. Your opener should have come with one, but if not, the instructions should specify what bracket you'll need.

5

Align The Opener

Propping the opener up on a ladder will make it easier to get it in position and will put less stress on the rail during installation. If it's still not high enough, you can boost it with some scrap pieces of lumber. Once you've got it settled, align the opener's rail with the center of the garage door.

6

Attach The Rail And Other Supports

Attach the rail bracket to the wall above the garage door, then attach the rail to the bracket.

Your opener might have come with straps to hold up the opener, but these are often flimsy and can break easily. If you want a more secure mount, get slotted angle iron and have it cut to size or cut it yourself with a hacksaw.

7

Put The Opener In Its Place

Lift up the motor compartment and move it into place. An ideal height is at least 7'. If it's more than 6” from the ceiling, brace the ceiling mount with an angled piece of the slotted angle iron.

There might be an additional bracket to attach the garage door to the opener and if that's so, then attach it now.

8

Test Your Garage Door

If everything's installed as it should be, the garage door should open and close fine. Make sure there are no obstructions and that everything is securely attached. Then enjoy your new garage door.

Conclusion

With just a little bit of preparation and work, you too can have an automatic garage door opener. In addition, that time and effort will feel like nothing once you're opening your garage door without having to get out of your car.

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Questions And Answers

Can a garage door be repaired?

Yes, you can have a garage door repaired. Depending on what is wrong with the door you may find it cheaper to just replace the whole thing. It is also important to keep in mind that because of the springs used in the door assembly, repairing can be dangerous.

How much is a new garage door?

To replace the door for your garage you are looking at $300, on the low end, for a single door garage. On the high end, it will cost about $2,000. The typical range for a garage door replacement is between $730 and $1,422. The national average for replacement is $1,607.

Why is my garage door not opening?

There are many reasons why your garage door would stop opening. You may have a blocked photo-eye. The remote may be malfunctioning. The torsion spring may be broken. You may have a loose or snapped cable. The door may be off track. There are also many other possible causes.

How much is a new garage door?

The cost of your new garage door will be dependent upon a number of things. First, the material used for the garage door, as well as how large the door is. Finally, will you need an automatic door system? If so, you need to calculate in that added expense.

How much is a two car garage door?

For a new two-car garage door to be installed, on the low side it cost about $2000. This price can vary greatly depending on the features you want, as well as the material that you wish to have your garage door constructed of. The price just climbs from there.

What kind of paint to use on a wooden garage door?

It is recommended that you use an exterior acrylic high-quality paint. Latex paint is able to be applied on top of oil or latex-based primer. Make sure that the surface is clean and old paint has been removed before sanding, priming, and ultimately, painting.

How much does it cost to paint a garage door?

Depending on where you are located, the cost of painting your garage door will run between $1.29 and 2.75 for each square foot. The cost can vary based on the type of paint that you want as well as other factors. Where you live may also have an effect.

How much are garage door panels?

Depending on the garage door a panel repair will cost you around $150 and up. A full panel replacement will cost $250 and up. Sometimes it can be the most cost effective to replace the whole garage door as opposed to replacing or repairing panels.

How do you measure for a new garage door?

First, measure the widest point’s width. Then, measure the highest point’s height. Next, measure the areas near the openings for the width. Then, measure the area in between the ceiling and door opening. Finally, you will measure from the nearest obstruction and the opening in the back of the garage.

How long does it take to put on a new garage door?

The timing of putting on a new garage door varies. However, the average installation of a new garage door is around three hours. The larger the door, the longer it is going to take. If you only have a small garage door, it should be a bit quicker.

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