Installing Your New Garage Door Opener
If you own a home with a garage, then you probably use that space for important things such as storing valuables, starting new home projects, or covering your vehicles. Securing this space is vital. That is why garage door maintenance is so important.
A malfunctioning garage door opener can not only give you hours of frustration but it can also potentially be dangerous for your family. Garage door openers can last a while, but like any other mechanical device, they can break down over time. Even for the most savvy home improvement guru, there are enough details that you should consider hiring a professional garage door technician. This will ensure that the garage door opener is installed in a way that will keep your family and belongings safe.
The most important step of installing a new garage door opener is planning. The most important thing to consider with your new garage door opener is whether or not it has the right horsepower for your door. One car garages usually only require 1/3 horsepower. A standard two car garage should use a 1/2 horsepower motor while a heavy door garage will need a 3/4 horsepower motor to work properly. If you are replacing a light fixture, be sure to use rough service bulbs that can withstand the vibrations from a heavy chain-, belt-, or screw-drive mechanism.
Your garage door professional will want to conduct a thorough inspection of the garage door itself and its components before they begin installing a new garage door opener. They will make sure all the garage door parts are lubricated and there is not blockage along the garage door track. The motor itself is quite heavy, but it can be placed on the top of the ladder while the ceiling mount brackets are being installed. When installing the new garage door opener motor, it should be centered with the garage door itself.
Installing a new garage door opener isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does have to be done right. Hiring a professional will keep you free of stress, and give you peace of mind knowing that your new garage door opener was installed properly.