Garage door installation can seem like a daunting task for an untrained professional. However, this isn’t stopping many do-it-yourselfers from tackling the task head on. We, here at AGS Home Services understand that sometimes it makes the most sense for you and your family if you are able to take on the task of garage door installation yourself. However, we have seen many cases where a do-it-yourself garage door installation has gone horribly wrong and ended up costing the homeowner much more than expected. In an effort to help our customers avoid any unnecessary costs, we would like to share with you five tips for installing your garage door opener to help save you time and money.
When taking on a project such as installing your garage door opener, you want to be sure that you thoroughly and completely read the instructions all the way through before you even begin. While it seems like this should be common sense, many people opt to read the instructions as they go and then are ill prepared for various steps as they reach them.
By reading the instructions in their entirety before you begin you’ll be aware of any additional steps that you may need to take prior to the garage door installation process. This is especially true in scenarios where your home is a new construction or has never had a garage door opener installed before. By being aware of all aspects of the garage door opening system you will save yourself a lot of trouble and avoid stumbling upon problems at inconvenient times.
Ensuring that you are prepared to install your garage door opener goes beyond reading the instructions carefully. You’ll also need to make sure that you have the proper tools on hand and ready to go. Trying to make do with tools that don’t quite meet the requirements of what you need could slow you down and make the installation process much more difficult. With the right tools you can be sure that your installation will go much more smoothly and quickly.
Another reason to ensure that you have the correct tools is to help you install the garage door opener properly. When installed properly, the system should work for years if properly maintained. If installed improperly due to the incorrect tools, then it could wear unevenly or place unnecessary stress on the system causing it to wear out or break prematurely.
If you don’t have all the required tools to properly install your garage door opener then consider buying them from a friend. If that’s not possible then you can also rent the tools from home improvement stores to save yourself the added cost of paying full price to purchase the tool.
As with any do-it-yourself task, you should not be afraid to ask for help when needed. Garage door openers are oddly shaped and a second pair of hands can be invaluable. A neighbor or family member can help hand you tools as needed to save you time and energy, they can help you handle the awkwardly shaped machine, and even hold your ladder to ensure better balance while you’re installing the garage door opener. It’s also always a good idea to have someone nearby in the event that something doesn’t go as planned and you find yourself in a situation where you need assistance.
Before, or even after reading through the instruction manual, it’s a good idea to watch an installation video on how to install your garage door opener. This will further drive home the knowledge on how to properly install your garage door opener. Often times you can find a video that features the exact model that you’re installing. These videos can be very helpful and they often include other tips and tricks that are specific for the model that you are using. In some cases, the manufacturer may have an installation video, but if not then there are many other websites that host a number of videos from do-it-yourselfers just like you and their experiences.
One of the biggest and most helpful tips we can give you is to have patience during the installation process. This tip is usually easier said than done, but having patience as you make your way through all the required steps of installing your garage door opener will make the entire experience far less stressful than it could otherwise be. Impatience can lead to missed or rushed steps that could greatly impact the overall function of your new garage door opener. Being impatient and rushing through the process also leaves you at a greater risk for injury.
Follow these steps to ensure the best experience when it comes to installing your new garage door opener and it will be up and functioning in no time! Remember, that if at any point you think that the installation would be better left to the professionals, feel free to contact us for more information.