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How to Install a New Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are the motorized part that opens and closes your garage door. Most openers are installed on part of the track and plugged into the ceiling. If your door won’t open, and you determine it is the opener, you will need to install a new one. Here is a quick guide on how to install a new garage door opener.

How Long Does it Replace Garage Door Opener?

If you are interested in taking on this project yourself, then you should clear several hours. It will take anywhere from 4-8 hours, depending on how skilled you are. If you are a person that does a lot of home repairs, you might not take quite as long.

Installing a new garage door opener is an involved process. These are the basic steps you will need to install a new part. Of course, you will need to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for specifics.

Here are the things you can do to replace your existing opener.

1. Determine Which Tools You Need

Before you get started, make sure you have the tools needed for the job. Look at the opener to see if you need a specific type of screwdriver, wrenches, and other tools. You can also look at the instructions on the opener to see if they recommend anything specific.

2. Put the Garage Door Rail Together

Most kits have the rails in 5 to 6 pieces. You will need to put the rail together. Depending on your model, it should be able to fit together fairly easily. Also, during this step, you should have the trolley put together. The trolley is what connects to the door and causes it to move along the track.

3. Attach The Rail to The Motor

Once you have the rail together, you will need to attach it to the motor. The motor is what causes the screw to turn and pulls the belt or chain. While that is turning, the door will raise or lower.

4. Attach The Chain or Belt

The opener chain is like that of a bicycle chain. It will need to be threaded onto the idler pulley. If you have a belt drive, it is similar to the chain drive. It has the same functions. The installation will be similar.

5. Install The Bracket Support

The header bracket support is attached to the frame, above the door. It is there to support the weight of the track.

6. Mount the Opener

Now it is time to mount the opener to the ceiling. There should be two or three pieces of angle iron that attaches the opener. Then you will need to install the L-shaped metal bar. It resembles a hockey stick.

7. Wire the Opener

This is the final stage of installing your new opener. You will need to install the garage door button along with the safety eye sensors that are located at the bottom of the doorway. Once you have everything wired, you will need to program the opener. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to sync the opener.

Call Today For a New Opener

If you need one of our professional technicians to come out and make the installation, please call us right away. We have a technician that will evaluate your garage door and what it will take to do the installation. Call now so we can get someone out to your location.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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