How to Properly Install an Electric Garage Door Opener
Putting an electric garage door opener is a pretty easy job but does requiring some wiring. Typically there is not a nearby electrical outlet where the garage door opener is installed. A new outlet will need to be installed in order to plug the electrical cord in for operation. This is an easy task for a DIY project, all you need is a few simple tools and insulated wire.
Step 1: Turn off the power
It always safe to locate your main circuit breaker and turn the power off when performing any electrical work. This will cut off the electricity flow to the area where you will be installing the garage door opener. It is always safe to mark the circuit so others will know not to turn on the power because you are working on the breaker.
Step 2: Remove the cover of the outlet
Find the nearest outlet to the garage door opener and remove the faceplate cover with a screwdriver and place it aside. There should be two screws holding the outlet in place, one on the top and bottom. Remove the screws and precisely pull out the electrical outlet. Be sure to check to make sure the electricity is off with a voltage meter.
Step 3: Set up the Electrical Box
When the garage door opener is properly installed, decide where you want to install the new electrical outlet. Secure the electrical box with screws to the side of a joist. Place conduit along the joists and to the wall where the wires will be connected.
Step 4: Connect the wires to the electrical outlet
When the conduit is in place, run the wires through the conduit and also through the electrical outlet where they will be connected. Strip away ¾ inch of insulation in order to expose the bare copper. Next, connect to the outlet with the similar wires. The white wires goes to the screw with the white wire and so forth. Then push the wires in the electrical box and replace the two screws. Then replace the faceplate.
Step 5: Connect the wires to the new box
You can connect the electric garage door opener when the wire is connected to the electrical outlet. Strip ¾ inch of insulation from the wire and connect the wires with the similar screws. The outlets should be labeled.
Step 6: Reattach the outlet and Test
Make sure the wires are secure and push the wires and outlet into the electrical box. Then with two screws attach the outlet in order to secure it in the box. With one screw in the center attach the faceplate, and plug in the garage door opener into the new outlet. Turn the power on and test the operation of the garage door opener.