Garage door openers are installed differently depending upon the manufacturer’s specifications. In general, you should have a garage door technician install your garage door opener. In this article, we’ll go over some tips and tricks for installing a garage door opener that you may want to remember if only to tell that you’re garage door technician is doing it right.

Check the garage door first –

You want to make sure the garage door is in good working order before you replace the garage door opener. Make sure the garage door springs are fine. If not, you may not need a new garage door opener. You may need a new garage door. Call in a professional to finish the assessment and let you know what you do need.

Choose the right horsepower for your garage door opener –

Making sure that you choose the right horsepower (hp) is essential. You don’t want a garage door opener that’s got too much hp or too little. For a single garage door, you want to choose a 1/3 to 1/2 hp opener. For a double garage door, choose 1/2 hp and for one that’s wooden or has a faux wood overlay, which can be really heavy, it’s best to go with the 3/4 hp. (Note – putting in a higher powered garage door opener isn’t going to open your door faster. Garage door openers go at a set speed.)

There are three types of garage door opener to choose from. The first is a chain drive. In this type, a chain pulls the door open and closed. These are the least expensive but the loudest. Screw drives are priced in the mid-range. They are less quiet than the chain drive, but they are more expensive. Screw drives operate on a long threaded rod that drives a mechanism that opens and closes the door. Finally, there’s the belt drive. These are the most expensive and the quietest brands. A belt drive uses a rubber belt to open and close the door.

During the install –

Remember to install the power unit high enough that tall people won’t run into it. 7 feet from the floor is possible is a good height. A garage door opener has a manual disconnect cord. Run that about 6 feet high so any adult can get to it. Put the push button control about 5 feet off the ground so small children can’t get to it.  Also, place it in a location where anyone operating it can easily see the garage door. Always adjust the safety reverse system and the electric eye system so they are in good working order. You’ll want to remind your professional installer to do those things too.

There are parts to the garage door opener repair or replacement that you could do yourself; however, we recommend that you hire a professional to do them. Why? Garage doors and garage door openers are very sensitive mechanisms and potentially very dangerous. We, at Texas Garage Repair, can repair your garage door opener or replace it quickly and safely. Give us a call today at 512.518.6606.