When choosing a garage door opener to install, it’s important to choose the proper horsepower engine for the size of your garage door. You’ll want a 1/3 hp or 1/2 hp opener for a single garage door 1/2 hp for a double door and 3/4 hp for a door that has a wood or faux wood overlay (which tends to be heavier.)
Keep in mind that higher horsepower doesn’t affect the speed the door opens since the opener has a set opening speed.
Make sure you use a heavy duty angle iron. Never settle for the flimsy strap that comes with some openers. The more solidly mounted your garage door opener installation is, the less sway and vibration you’ll have, and it will last longer. You can buy slotted angle iron at most hardware stores.
Make sure you don’t reuse the old photoelectric eyes and opener wall button. These parts are specifically designed for each opener. Use the parts that come with the opener for optimal use.
You’ll also want to check the opener’s force. Place your foot on the edge of the door and work the opener. It should stop automatically with minimal pressure. If not, you’ll want to adjust the force of the door.
Installing your own garage door opener can be done if you have the right tools and some mechanical knowledge. On the other hand, hiring a pro to do the job isn’t exorbitantly expensive either. It saves time and heachache, especially if you have not yet done a job like this before. A DIY garage door opener install will run you about $200, give or take. You can hire a pro to do the entire job from start to finish for about $350 to $450, depending on local carpentry rates in your area.
It is worth taking a look at the warranty of the opener. You may actually void the warranty if you don’t hire a certified professional. Most warranties last about 10 years, so it’s an important detail you don’t want to overlook.