Introduction: Easily Install Your Electric Garage Door Opener Yourself

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Having made the decision to purchase a new door opener system, you need to decide how much you can afford to spend on it. When you are working out your budget to purchase a new electric garage door opener, remember to include the cost of installing it. If you can’t afford this additional expense, don’t worry; for those who like a bit of hands-on DIY, installing an overhead door opener is easy.

But there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. First, and most importantly, your garage door should be optimally functional upon its initial installation. Aside from finding a high-quality garage door opener, the best way to ensure this is to clean and oil the hinges and internal gears of the garage door opener’s engine to ensure that they can flow smoothly through their full range of motion. This will also help to keep noise levels down.

Step 1: Read the Owner's Manual and Warning Message

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So First, make sure that you read the owner’s manual for your electric garage door opener and make sure you understand it. Have a look on the internet; you are bound to find useful video instructions. These will show you, step-by-step how to install your overhead door opener easily.

Step 2: Make Sure You Have the Tools

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(The easiest electric garage door openers to install are those that are chain or screw driven) When you come to install it make sure you have the following items to hand: a good ladder, a drill, well-stocked toolbox and, should you find your garage door needs a little reinforcement, some sheets of steel. Keep the owner’s manual handy.

Step 3: Adjust the Ladder to Its Maximum Height

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When you are installing your overhead door opener, make sure that your ladder is at its maximum height – this will negate the need for you to carry out the work above your head and avoid accidents. Be careful when you are installing the wiring – it might be best to have a qualified electrician on hand to help. Make sure that the manual disconnect system is in place as this will be needed if the electric garage door opener fails or goes wrong. Install it where adults can reach but children can’t.

Step 4: Remove the Old Unit

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First Step - Unplug The Old unit, And then Loosen the Bolts holding It In Place.

With one hand Always Supporting The Unit Remove the Tow loose Bolts And Gently Lower The unit Down.

Step 5: Remove the Bolts

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Remove The Tow Bolts Connecting The Track To the motor.

Step 6: Reconnect New Opener

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Reconnect The new motor to The track,

Step 7: Reconnect the Chain

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Reconnect The Chain By Hand.

Step 8: Make Sure That Your Garage Door Is Adjusted Properly

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Make sure that your garage door is adjusted properly. While off-the-shelf garage door openers are usually well-calibrated, problems with new devices can come about due to over coiled or under coiled springs. If, as it turns out, your garage door is poorly adjusted, then forget about trying to install garage door opener as a DIY project and visit a Garage Door professional who can do it for you. Due to the large quantity of kinetic energy stored in torsion springs, adjusting the spring system yourself could be a hazardous undertaking, potentially causing accidents or injury

Step 9: Check Out the Reverse System Several Times

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Once you have successfully installed your overhead door opener system, make sure that check out the reverse system several times. Put a block of wood or a brick underneath the door. Now, activate the electric garage door opener system to close the door. As soon as the obstruction is sensed the door should immediately halt and then reverse back up. Do make sure this works a few times before you have finished as this is one of the most important functions of the overhead door opener.

Enjoy

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