How To Install A Garage Door Opener

Posted on: 29 April 2015


Installing a garage door opener isn't difficult to do for the average handy-man. It can easily be done with one person, but having a second person to help hold the garage door opener in place will make the job much easier. Follow these steps to install a garage door opener yourself:

Attach the Track to the Drive Unit

Attach the rail of the drive unit where the motor is located to the track and bolt all of the rail sections together. The carriage should move along the track, smoothly, so ensure that all bolts are as tight as possible to keep them out of the way.

Attach the Track to the Ceiling

Using a bracket, attach the track to ceiling above the garage door.  If there is a second person to help, have them hold the track in place while you secure the bracket. Attach the opposite end to the track wall, just above the garage door.

Mount The Garage Door Opener

Use a stud finder to locate ceiling joists where you want to mount the opener. Use perforated angle iron and attach it to the ceiling using the ceiling joists. Attach two pieces of angle iron directly to the drive unit and secure the drive unit to the ceiling. Have a second person help with supporting the weight of the unit as you mount it.

Set Up Electrical

Drill a hole in the ceiling as well as in the wall where you want your switch to be located. Feed switch wire through the hole and across the ceiling to connect the switch with the opener. Attach all wires properly on both ends and secure the switch in place.  Make sure the power is off before starting work on electrical.

Mount the Beam Sensors

Mount the infrared beam sensors six inches from the floor on either side of the garage door. Run the wires from the sensors to the garage door opener and attach them to the top by wrapping the wire around the exposed screw on the top. Use a laser to ensure that the sensors are aligned properly.

Attach the Opener to the Door

Attach the garage door opener directly to the garage door using the L-shaped arm. Secure them with a heavy-duty bracket and the special pins that are inserted in the holes of the arm.

Test the Door

Turn the power back on and test the garage door opener. You may have to do some troubleshooting with the sensors, or the force of the open and close of the door to get it working in perfect order.  Once your garage door opener is set up, you are ready to use it and enjoy the luxury of not having to open it manually.

If you find you need help, try contacting a professional garage door repair service to get assistance.