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How to Install a New Garage Door Opener

Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is here to ensure that you have all the knowledge you need when it comes to garage doors. Our team is always here to help you in times of need, but always when you are wanting to do a DIY project. Keep reading to find out how to install a new garage door opener yourself.

A lot can go into installing a garage door opener so the time it takes to do so can vary. At the very least you are looking at about a half a day’s work. This is assuming that you already have an electrical outlet install ceiling of your garage. If this is your first time installing a new opener then you might want to count on a little more time going into it.

Determining Your Time

A big factor in determining the amount of time you will need is whether you are replacing an opener or installing a completely new unit. Replacing a unit means that you can likely use the same motor unit supports wood blocking that is currently in place. However, electrical components, such as sensors eyes and wiring, should be replaced.

Newer electronics might require the wiring that they were designed with. Older wiring can become damaged, worn, or brittle and should always be replaced. This is just a step to ensure that your home is protected and garage door opener is as safe of possible.

The Basics

Start out by sorting through all the assembly parts and checking the instructions. Most people want to skip this step, but it’s important to ensure that you have all the parts you need. Assemble the rails and the trolley, connect the trolley to the door, and then fasten the rail to the motor.

Next, you will install the chain that includes the pulled on the door end of the track. It is not a continuous chain and is only slightly longer than the rail. A cable will complete the chain loop and then will pass over the pulley on the way back to the motor.


You will start the installation process by installing the header bracket support. This is a piece of lumber that is 2×4 (or larger) and will anchor to the framing to support the door end of the track. Then you will hang the opener until to the garage ceiling with at least 2 pieces of angle iron.

You will then install the door bracket and arm, which is an L-shaped metal bar that will attach the door to the trolley. Next up you will add any electronics, like the door button and safety-eye. Wiring will be low-voltage and it should be simple to staple to garage walls and ceilings.

Lastly, you will program your remote to your new opener and ensure that it works properly. You should also test any safety features, like auto-reverse to be positive that in the event of a blockage, it will return to its open position. If you find that something isn’t working properly, you can call the manufacturer or a garage door professional.

We Are Here For You

Don’t feel like a failure if you end up needing some professional help. There is a reason that there are trained technicians for these kinds of projects. Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is always here to lend a helping hand. Call today!

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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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