Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can replace your garage door opener seven days a week but for those men and women out there with the gift of home repair, you can probably handle it. Maintaining your garage door opener is necessary to keep your garage door running smooth and in order.
If your garage door is slowing down, making noises, or has altogether stopped look further into replacing your garage door. If you have confirmed it is the garage door opener, follow these steps for a smooth replacement.
Check Various Parts
Before you get started replacing your garage door opener it is a good idea to go ahead and check the rest of the garage door for any deficiencies. Check the springs and make sure that they have not broken. If they are broken you will notice a gap in the coil and you will need to call a professional to fix it.
Check for wobbly rollers and worn brackets. These things can actually create a lot of noise and trouble with the garage door. The point is that you want to make sure that it is your garage door opener that needs replacing and not something a bit more simplistic.
Choose The Proper Garage Door Opener
Garage door openers come in ⅓, ½, and ¾ hp which stands for horsepower. If you have a single garage door you will want to go with ⅓ or ½ hp and for double garage doors ½ hp. For a wooden door or one with a faux wood overlay, you will need an opener with ¾ hp will work best because they are so heavy.
Garage door openers also come with different types of drives ranging in prices and noise levels. Chain drives are probably the noisiest but they are also the cheapest. Belt drives are pricey but are very quiet. Screw-drives are priced moderately and require the least amount of maintenance.
Set Up For Easy Installation
Gather your tools and make sure everything is readily available. Place the opener on a ladder for easy access. Line up the opener’s rail with the center of the garage. Make sure the garage is open while installing it. From here you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Buying an angle iron and installing the garage door opener on that instead of the strap that comes with it is a better bet and will give it a more solid foundation with less vibration. Do not use old components on your new opener but make sure that all the parts are replaced with the new parts you received at the time of purchase.
The doors opening force is an important safety feature that you can check simply by putting some pressure on the door with your foot while pressing the remote to open the door. If it doesn’t stop you will need to make adjustments.
We Can Help You
We can help you replace your garage door opener if the job is too much for you to handle. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can get the job done in no time at all. Call us for all of your garage door’s needs today.