Although the process of replacing your garage door may seem daunting at the outset, if you’ve done any research at all you already know that finding a new garage door is easy. A variety of brands, styles, and models are available for purchase at your typical commercial home repair store, and a variety of companies can take care of the entire installation for you, start to finish. However, if you have the DIY spirit or you’re a bargain hunter, it’s also not hard to install a new garage door yourself. And if that’s your plan, it’s likely you’re struggling with this one lingering question: If I install a new garage door, do I need to replace the garage door opener too?
The short answer is that if your garage door opener was working just fine before you decided it was time to replace the door, then there’s probably no reason to think about changing it. You can use the same garage door opener that you were using previously in the new garage door — except under very particular circumstances. For a new garage door that is considerably heavier than your old one, it’s imperative to make sure that the new garage door opener can handle the increased load. Most of the standard openers for 2-car garages or smaller are 1/2 horsepower; heavier doors, like carriage doors, require a larger motor for the heavy lifting, with 3/4 horsepower. Check your manufacturer’s book for your opener’s specifications if you aren’t sure about its horsepower. You could also avoid this problem altogether by purchasing a lightweight replacement door that won’t strain your current garage door opener, whatever its horsepower.
However, if your current garage door opener is causing problems, a new door may be just the excuse you need to repair or replace it.