Has your clicker for your garage door stopped working? Is your opener very noisy or squeaky? If your home is more than a few years old, you may need to replace your automatic garage door opener. Most people think they need to hire a professional to do this, however, with a little bit of elbow grease, it’s actually not that difficult of a honey-do project. Here are the basics:
1. Replace the top rollers – these may be the cause of all that noise. Use nylon rollers instead of steel; they are not that much more expensive, significantly quieter, and tend to last longer. If your main complaint was noise, test your old opener and see if your problem is solved before buying a new opener.
2. Purchase a new opener. You can use a ½ horsepower opener for most single garage doors. For wood or double doors, you will likely need a ¾ horsepower motor. Buying a bigger motor than you need will not make your garage door open any faster – they have a set speed. Belt drive openers are the quietest but are also the most expensive. Chain drives are the loudest, but least expensive, and screw drives fall in the middle of both noise and cost categories, but require the least maintenance.
3. Remove the old garage door opener carefully. First, lower the door, unplug the opener and disconnect the wires. Disconnect the control arm from both the opener and door. Unbolt the opener from the ceiling brackets.
4. Make sure your door is open for this part of the installation. Place the new opener on top of your ladder. Set it up so that the opener’s arm is aligned with your door’s center point horizontally and is resting at the same height.
5. When mounting the opener to the ceiling, use slotted angle iron. This will help reduce vibration and extend the life of your opener. The straps that usually come with the opener are not very durable.
6. Replace the photo-sensing “eyes” that prevent the door from closing on an object or person as well as the button that mounts to your wall. If the wires are exposed, replace them as well. This will ensure all the new parts work well together.
7. Test the force of the opener by putting light pressure on the bottom of the closed garage door and pushing the remote button. The door shouldn’t open if there is about five pounds of resistance – this is a safety feature in case something gets stuck in the track. Adjust the opening and closing force screws as needed.
And there you have it! But, if you’re not up for the task, home stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot have installation services.

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