Installing your own garage door opener can be challenging, and it is important to take into consideration some basic safety precautions to ensure the project goes smoothly. These small extra steps are necessary for preventing injury and costly property damage. They will also help make sure that the garage door ends up working the way it should.
Here are six steps for safely installing a garage door opener:
1. Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions
All garage door openers should come with helpful installation instructions that are specific to that model. Make sure to read through all of the steps in advance and ask the manufacturer or a local installer if you have any questions. You can also ask anyone on staff at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.
2. Make Sure the Door Works
It is important to test the garage door before installing the opener. Make sure it is working properly and is well lubricated. You should not install a garage door opener if you can’t easily raise and lower the door manually.
3. Remove Loose Clothing and Cords
Make sure to dress appropriately and remove any ropes or cords from your garage that could become entangled with the door. Don’t tempt fate by wearing things that could get caught in the tracks or pulley system. Garage doors are very heavy, and they are suspended high in the air. If your belt, watch, or necktie gets caught in the tracks, it could end up taking you on a dangerous ride.
4. Don’t Adjust the Tracking
Only qualified service technicians should alter or replace any garage door cables, pulleys, or springs. Please feel free to give Perfect Solutions Garage Door a call if you come across a problem with your tracking system and you live in one of our service areas: Auburn, El Dorado, Granite, Roseville, or Rocklin.
5. Disconnect Power at the Main Breaker
Make sure to turn off power at the main breaker box if the garage door opener requires any electrical wiring. You should also make sure to connect the power cord for the garage door opener to a properly grounded outlet.
6. Test it Thoroughly
After the opener is installed you should test its security features and general functions. It is important to make sure the auto-reverse sensor function, emergency release, and any other safety features are all working properly.
Installing a garage door opener can be very straightforward if you follow these six steps. If you encounter any issues or concerns when you are installing it, please contact any of the experienced installers at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for advice.