Is your current garage door opener on the fritz? In many cases, it's much easier and more straightforward to completely replace your garage door opener than to spend time and money on repairs. Besides, your new opener may come with features and capabilities not present in your old one.
When installing your new garage door opener, you should keep the following tips in mind for a smooth and relatively worry-free installation.
Don't Hesitate to Reuse Those Brackets
There's a good chance that your new garage door opener will come with just about everything you'll need to successfully mount in place of your old opener. In some cases, you may discover that you won't need to use the new brackets that come with your new garage door opener. The old brackets may be just the right size to securely support the new opener without any problems.
The only time you should use your new brackets is if the dimensions of the new garage door opener are larger or smaller than what the old brackets can securely support or if the new opener requires drastically different mounting points.
Leave Your Old Wiring, Controls, and Photo Eyes Behind
It may be tempting to use some of the components that came from your old garage door opener. However, your old in-garage push buttons, photoelectric eye, remote controls and other various components may not work with the new opener, as these components may operate on a completely different frequency than the ones that come with the new unit. Besides, using all-new components ensures that your new opener functions with complete reliability, without any questions of how well it'll work with older components.
Know Where to Mount Your New Photo Eye Sensors
Experts recommend that you mount your garage door opener's photoelectric eye approximately 6 inches above the ground. Chances are this is how your old photo eye was mounted and the same will go for your new one.
Nevertheless, it's a good idea to carefully mark where the photo eye is mounted prior to removal and replacement. Not only does it keep you from having to remeasure where it should go (although it's a good idea to make measurements just to be sure), but it can also help you properly align the photo eye once it's in place.
With these tips on how to replace your garage door opener, you'll find the process to be much easier than you thought. If, however, you would rather leave the installation to a professional or if you have any further questions, consider contacting a representative from a business like Don Johnson's Door Service.