Most newly developed homes nowadays have an electronic garage door opener. This eases access, safety, and security. However, many drive options are available: chain, screw, belt, direct, and jackshaft.
The most commonly found setup is the ceiling-mounted opening, which connects to the door’s inside. We’ve provided a basic guide that can help you take care of this task if you’re a DIYer.
Remember that we recommend that you involve experts to tackle such complex jobs. Not only because you can damage the equipment but also because you can hurt yourself. Our team of experts at Garage Door Doctor is always available for professional support.
Start by checking if your garage door is operating correctly. It opens and closes properly and doesn’t have any loose cabling or broken parts, and is also well lubricated.
Remove all hanging ropes and cords.
Prepare the required—clamps, measuring tape, a drill machine and bits, and different sized wrenches. Make sure you’re near an electrical outlet.
Step 1: Assembling The Opener
- Fit the rail sections together
- Slide trolley on to the rail
- Connect rail to the motor
- Fix the pulley to the end of the rail
- Slide a belt or a chain from one end of the rail; glide it around the pulley, then fix it around the motor
- Now fix the belt or the chain end to the carriage
- At the end of the chain is a screw that will hold the entire against the trolley and bear the door tension
Step 2: Attaching The Opener to the Ceiling
- Start with installing a block on the ceiling, and the opener will be attached to this wood. The wood must be nailed or screwed to ensure it holds the weight of the opener.
- Now screw the bracket to the door wall and connect the opener assembly to it. Then, attached the end of the motor to the blocking using screws.
- Ensure you have left about 7-9 feet of space above the floor to allow room for people walking under it. Then fix the other piece of the bracket to the door as specified in the instructions.
Step 3: Installation of Other Components
- The opener packaging must be having a safety disconnect cable. Attach this cable to the motor and slide it on to the bracket and the handle. It should be marked as an emergency release.
- Remove the emergency release cable and test the door by opening and closing it to make sure it operated smoothly. Then add the stop bracket at the motor.
- Fix a light bulb to take care of the vibration of the door without burning out. Then install the electric eye and reflector.
- Then the control button is to be installed and make sure it’s out of reach of children.
Step 4: Testing The Newly Installed Opener
- It is time to now power on the garage door and test it using real electricity.
- Test the door with the wall control and the remote.