A while ago, one of my garage door spring broke! I tried to research it, and see how easy the repair was, but then I didn’t have the time to experiment. I would have had ordered the parts, hope they were right, and then make sure I set the tension correctly. I would have had to replace both, and frankly, I would see myself being annoyed if I put in the effort and still had to call a pro. I don’t know if this was a reasonable price but the garage door company, I called said $180 springs included, it sounded good to me. I simply asked when could you come out?
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I started removing the old garage door opener. This one came with the house, it’s about 13 years old and it’s very loud, you can hear it across the house when it’s in use. That’s not the main reason I am replacing it though, I am just proactive with this to extend the life without any trouble, plus I couldn’t pass up on the smart features and upgrades.
I do want to state I am no professional! However, I am confident in my ability to take on this project. In the video, I removed the chain and T-Bar first, then the garage door motor. Looking back at it, a pro may have saved a step or two here.
For example, while disconnecting the power wire and all devices, I could have disconnected the garage opener and then remove the clevis pin on the other end. It would have been a two-step process. Either way, it works.
Unbox the new garage door opener. The older one I am taking out it an older Liftmaster from Chamberlin. The new one is also from Chamberlain everything you need comes with this step up, all you need is an existing garage door.
I started assembling the system by connecting all the tubes together to make up the rail.
I connected the rail to the garage door opener. Next, install the “stop” the bolt in the rail to prevent the trolley from sliding into the garage door opener.
Install the pully and the belt, then connect the belt to the trolley. Next, wrap the other end of the belt around the opener sprocket and connect it to the trolley. Follow the instruction in the manual to set the tension. Lastly, raise the stop tab next to the pully.
I received a lot of feedback on the video about the belt having slack. I did go back a put a little more tension the belt and problem solved.
The next step is to install the bracket over the garage door if this is not done already. Then lean the motor with the rail attached to it near the bracket. Next connect the rail to the bracket using the included clevis pin.
Since my exciting garage rail was longer, I had to flip the ceiling brackets the opposite way to reach. This worked out for! Expect some modification unless you are lucky, and you could very well be!
Connect the garage door arm, please look at the manual, there are a number of configurations, so look close.
Connect all the sensors, be sure to mount these low to the ground. Mine is 3in from the floor. Next, it was on to the door controller, this is a simple connection only using two wire to data a power. Finally, I connected the wires to the garage opener terminal.
I powered up the garage door opener then, installed the battery. The next thing I did was set the garage door limits. This system was a necessary install for me. Besides it being quiet and smooth operating that is just a plus. The feature I am most thrilled about is the WIFI ability. I used to leave the house in a rush every morning at 5 am to head out to work. I’d get 5 to 10 minutes down the road and would be uncertain if I closed the garage. That’s when I ended up launching the camera app to confirm. I did leave it open like two times and thankfully someone was home to save me a trip back.
Tech savvy or not have a garage door app on your phone is great! If one of the buttons dies with the low battery, then there is a chance you may have your phone next to you. Here are a few ideas for you to consider.
- If you need to give someone access to your garage without giving out a code, maybe you have a package, the delivery driver or your neighbor can put in your garage for you.
- Maybe your car button has a low battery or perhaps died.
- Receive notifications when the garage open or close.
- Open it via voice control such as a Google device, although there is a subscription for this feature.
The next great feature about is the motion activated lights “yep two LED bulbs” one on each side of the opener; these are pretty bright.
To wrap this up I Installed the outdoor keypad.
Here is a couple of reason you may want to replace the weather strip on the bottom of the door. If the strip is serving no purpose due to old age or maybe, it’s damaged. The purpose of this is to seal the gap, keep moisture out, keep the cool air, keep insects and critters out of your garage.
This a very simple update to the garage door. First, start by removing the existing strip.
Unpackage the new weatherstrip, then install the aluminum channel. Since they come in sections you will just butt them up against each other using the included self-tapping screws. The track can be used for a single car garage or 2 car garage.
Once you get to the last track you more than likely have to cut it. I used a miter saw but you can easily use a circular saw with a metal blade or hack saw.
After the track was installed for the span of the garage door take the rubber stripping and it in from one end of the garage door to the next. Make sure the strip looks good on both sides of the door then cut the rubber strip to length.
Since my garage is my workshop, I spend a lot of time in there. Six months ago, it was a brutal place to spend an entire day. Somehow, I manage to power through it. Ever since installing the mini-split it’s been a night and day difference.
I didn’t want the AC to work harder than it should. Adding the insulation to the garage door will help keep the temperature down. I used a high impact polystyrene insulation. It’s tough and easy to keep clean.
As you can expect this is quite easy to cut. All you need it a straight edge, measuring tape and a utility knife. It only took a couple of hours to size up everything and fit them into the garage door. No glue or special adhesive is needed, just cut and they should fit right in.
When the garage door company came by they told me it was a great idea to add a “garage door lubricant” up all moving parts on the garage door at least 2 times a year. So, I figure I’d pass that info along.