Back in the day the only way that one could open a garage door was to get out of the car, unlock the door and open it manually. This was quite a pain, especially during the winter months because who, in their right mind, wants to get out of their toasty warm car to play with a garage door lock with bulky gloves on?
No one. Especially if you get out of your car looking like something out of A Christmas Story. How on earth are you going to maneuver that tiny garage door lock with all of that winter wear? The answer is simple: a garage door opener.
Regardless of your skillset, installing a garage door opener is something that almost anyone can do as it’s a relatively straightforward project. In the same respect, though, it’s important that you refer to all of the manufacturer installation requirements before getting started because there are too many aspects to cover. We thought it was important, however, to provide some preparation on the task at hand so that you can decide whether you should install it yourself or if you should hire a professional to handle the installation by mentioning these very helpful tips.
There are many tips that all of us at Westside Wholesale recommend that our customers consider when looking to install a garage door opener. These expert tips will provide an easier installation and trouble-free operation:
- Be sure to make sure that the door parts are working and that the balance of the door is as it should be. If you have two garage doors and they get similar use, have the springs above both doors replaced when one breaks as the other will probably break within a year or so. In order to test the door balance you will want to open the door halfway and then let it go. If it moves up or down on its own, the torsion spring is out of adjustment which can cause your opener to work harder and wear out faster.
- Choose the right opener. When you’re on the market for a garage door opener it’s best to choose a 1/3 hp or ½ hp opener for a single door and ½ hp for a double door and ¾ hp for a door that has a wood overlay as they can be extremely heavy. Openers often have a set opening speed so installing an opener with a high horsepower won’t open your door any faster. Garage door openers are available with a chain drive, screw drive or belt drive.
- Set the opener on a ladder for an easier installation. Don’t strain yourself. Placing the garage door opener on a ladder and using scrap lumber will ensure that you position the opener accordingly. You want to make sure that it is at the correct height that you need. Here you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions in order to assemble the opener and mount the rail to the header bracket above the door.
- Buy a heavy-duty angle iron—don’t settle for a flimsy strap that comes with some openers. You want solid mounting, which is all we provide at Westside Wholesale.
- Replace all of the components. You might be tempted to reuse some components of the garage door, but don’t do it. You want new everything to go with your new garage door opener.
- Check the opening force of the garage door by resting your foot on the door and opening it with the remote control. The light pressure from your foot should cause the door to stop. If it doesn’t adjust the opening force.
- Adjust the force of the garage door, if need be, and make minor adjustments. Retest the door once adjusted.
- Be sure to use light bulbs that handle vibration well such as “rough service” bulbs and be sure to not exceed the wattage listed on your new opener.
While there are many other things that you can do to make the installation process run that much smoother, if you consider the tips above you will be able to enjoy your new garage opener in no time at all. Not only that, you will have the enjoyable pleasure of going indoors without having to either freeze your pants off or deal with unpleasant humid weather. If you would like any advice when it comes to purchasing your new garage door opener, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Westside Wholesale. We are here to help 24/7.