Who doesn’t love a DIY project? Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has some ideas to make replacing your garage door opener easier. We think you’ll find these ideas helpful.
Make Sure the Problem Your Experiencing Is the Opener
Check out the door first rather than assuming it is an opener problem. Tighten any screws that may have loosened on the rollers, hinges, or brackets. Use a good quality garage door lubricant on the rollers, tracks, and springs.
If the rollers have worn you might want to change the old rollers with nylon rollers. Nylon rollers are more costly but are smoother and quieter. The rollers on the lowest door panel are under tremendous pressure and change should be made only by a professional.
When one spring breaks replace all the springs.; they will most likely break within the coming year. If you have more than one garage door, change the springs on those as well. It is safer to change the springs before they break.
Check the torsion spring that is usually in the header of your garage door. The coil should look continuous. Any spaces in the coil are an indicator the coil has broken and will need professional repair.
Is Your Door ‘In Balance?’
Close the door then release the emergency red cord on your door opener; try lifting your garage door. An ‘in balance’ door should be easy to lift. Raise the door halfway, then let go. The door should stay in place.
If the door starts lower or raises when released, it is ‘out of balance.’ An out of balance door causes premature wear on the entire system. Only a professional can make a torsion spring repair.
Picking the Right Garage Door Opener
Use a 1/3 hp to ½ hp garage door opener for a single door garage. For a 2 door garage door ½ hp to ¾ hp should get the job done.
Next, choose the type of garage door opener. Chain styles are the most economical, but also the noisiest. Screw drives are priced mid-range and require less maintenance. Belt drives are the most expensive style but run very quietly.
Hang Your New Opener With Angle Iron
The strips provided to hang the opener are pretty lightweight. Hanging your door opener with angle iron will make it sturdier. Add an angle brace to support and add more stability to the opener.
Use Rough Service Bulbs
Install incandescent rough service bulbs that can handle the openers vibration. Only use the wattage recommended by the manufacturer. Larger wattages can harm your circuit board or plastic cover.
Check Your Doors ‘Opening Force’
Rest your foot on the bottom edge of the door, then use your remote to open the door. The safety system should stop as soon as it recognizes your foot is there. If it does not stop adjust the opening and closing force screws.
Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is always available. Give us a call and we can help with your new door opener choice, or if you’re in need of help, we’re here!