Replacing your old Garage Door opener

That garage door opener that was all new and functioning effectively and efficiently will not be that way forever. At some point you would either be talking about repairs or replacements. If your garage door opener has started malfunctioning and you intend to replace it, here are the simple steps to follow:

  • Safety is the most important factor to consider before anything else, and that is why it is imperative that before anything else, you ensure that you turn off the power supplied to the garage. This should be done at the circuit panel that distributes power to the different parts of the building.
  • The next step is to unplug the old garage door opener. At this point, you will need to remove the brackets that are holding the door opener to the ceiling.
  • With the open-ended part of your wrench (the adjustable wrench and you may also need a ratchet and socket), start loosening the brackets, and when that is done, have the brackets on the door and above the door removed. (Do not forget to keep the bolts and nuts where they can be reached easily)
  • The next step is to have the motor removed. First thing is to ensure that the lenses on both sides of the door are removed. Check the wires and carefully unhook them and also remove any screws that may hold the wires. Do the same for the motor, and then remove the old motor.
  • Get the bracket that comes with the new motor you are about to install, and have the bracket installed first. Screw the bracket in place, and ensure that it is firmly fitted.
  • Now get the track to slide into the new bracket, and then have it secured properly (you may need to use the wrench to secure it firmly)
  • Now you have the track and bracket in place, get the new motor and have it screwed to the brackets in the ceiling. It is imperative that the track/rail are level when you are installing, hence, you need to make necessary adjustments until you get it right.
  • With the motor in place, it is time to reconnect the lifting arm that connects the track and the door.
  • You are now left with wiring the system. Connect the wires as indicated, to the safety lenses, and have them installed on both sides of garage doors. It is important to ensure that there are no wires in the way of the moving parts of the garage door.
  • Have the keypad wired, and for safety purposes, have the wire run via a conduit. Connect the wire to the newly installed motor.
  • Have the motor plugged into a socket, and then turn the power back from the circuit panel.

It is quite easy, everything should be functioning normally now, however, if it doesn’t, then you may need to carefully go through each step, just in case you missed a part or even phone a garage door expert like 24-7 Garage Doors. If you want to take it on yourself, you will need a wrench, pliers, screwdriver or drill.

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