Garage door openers are common home devices that gets the most use at home, especially when one has to drive to and from work or school. Although the opener is sturdy, it has a specific working lifespan and is also prone to the usual wear and tear. There might come a time when your garage door opener no longer responds even if it has been repaired.
If you need to replace your garage door opener, here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Check your garage door. Before you start disassembling and removing the garage door opener, make sure that the garage door is in good working order. Check for any broken parts. If your garage door is operating slowly, it might not be a problem with your opener. Also test the door balance to ensure that it works as it should. If it’s off-balance, then the torsion spring might need to be adjusted.
• Choose the right opener. Since you are now changing your garage door opener, it’s best to find the best one for your home that will also provide you with value. If your garage is attached to your home, then you might want to go for a quieter garage door opener. If you have kids or are traveling often, then a garage door opener with security features will appeal to you. Find one that works for your budget and for your needs so shop around first.
• Play it safe. Always work with your garage door down. You don’t want the door to come crashing into you as you’re fixing or replacing your garage door opener.
• Check the chain tension. If you have a chain-drive opener, you have to tighten the chain just enough so there’s a ¼ to ½ inch of slack from your rail to the chain. Do not over tighten it as this will put excess burden on the gears and shaft.
• Do not reuse old garage door parts. If you’re purchasing a new garage door opener kit, then do not reuse old wires, button controls or safety lenses. These might not work for your new garage door opener.
• Lubricate the rail. No matter what kind of opener you purchased, lube the parts of the rail that comes in contact with the carriage. Choose one that doesn’t attract dirt. If you have a screw-drive opener, then you need to grease a few spots along the rail twice a year. Use a lithium grease for colder climates.