Installing a garage door opener can be a complicated project to do at home. Therefore, you will need some help from other family members to assemble the pieces. The assemble parts are heavy so the installation process is not good for a solo DIYer. For instance, you can’t position the door on your own without someone assisting you.
Aside from that, there are a few basic steps to take in order to ensure that all the components are properly installed. Remember, humidity and rain can damage your door as well as the items in the garage. It’s important to follow the right procedure to maximize results.
Basic Steps in Installing a Garage Door Opener
If you’re all set to learn how to install a garage door opener in your home, you can now follow these steps:
1. Prepare the garage door. Before installing, make sure that the door is ready. Check if it’s weather-proof and all the assemble parts are complete. You can put weather stripping at the bottom of the door panel and nail the jambs on the sides to secure them in place. After this, you can proceed to install the mechanism.
2. Install the mechanism at the middle part. Get a tape measure to determine the door’s width and where to install the mechanism exactly. The center is half the distance of the door. Draw a vertical line on the inner part of the panel where you can attach the drawbar. This will balance the weight of the door at a specific lifting point.
3. Find and mark the peak point. This can easily be done by raising and lowering the door and determining the movement’s peak point. The opener should be mounted at this point so the track is positioned higher than its peak when moving the door.
4. Secure the dividing line. Check the vertical dividing line and make sure there’s enough support at the top of the door, this is where you will attach the forepart of the track. You can attach a mounting board on that location if there’s no structural member installed in your door.
The peak point should be secured with a 2×6 inches plank using lag screws on the wall studs. Then move the peak point marking to the plank so that the vertical dividing line is also extended to the plank.
5. Connect the door opener’s motor unit to the rail. The rail on the floor should be attached to the unit by lifting and fastening the outer end to the mounting plank, 2 inches right above the crossed marking on the center line and peak point.
Usually, the mounting plank at the front is fastened with a rail bracket using lag screws. However, if there are nuts and bolts included in the package, you need to drill holes on the mounting plank. Don’t forget to put washers at the bottom of the bolts’ heads in order to avoid pressing against the board.
6. Lift the motor unit in parallel with the rail. To make sure the track doesn’t affect the movement of the door, the motor should be supported while raising and lowering the door. Establishing the right height and position for the opener allows you to fasten the joists with metal brackets included in the package.
7. Mount the drawbar on the carriage. The carriage is moved to a closed-door point after attaching the drawbar to it. Mark the mounting holes and drill so that you can insert and secure the hardware on the drawbar.
8. Adjust the lead screw. If necessary, you can adjust the lead screw or drive chain to make sure the bolts work properly according to the movement of the chain.
9. Set up the push button and radio receiver. A bell wire can be used to install the manual push button. However, it’s important to put it where the opener can easily be viewed while pushing the button. If necessary, a key switch can also be installed.
10. Plug the assembly cord. Connect the drive cord to an extension cord then plug it to an available receptacle. With the push button, test the opener by pulling the plug while the door is raising to observe if there’s binding. Also, it will tell you if the lifting movement is successful.
Wrapping It Up
You can always make necessary adjustments with the provisions in your garage door opener while verifying the radio receiver module. Make sure to plug your assembly line to a permanent outlet instead of the extension cord. Now, you know how to install garage door opener in your home without any professional help. However, you can contact your local garage door experts if you’re not sure how to do it.