Garage Door Lock Installation Guide

A door lock is vital for our garage to avoid unwanted entry or unfortunate circumstances. Luckily installation of a door lock for your garage can be done even if you’re no expert in lock installation. Here is the step by step guide in a successful garage door lock installation.

Step 1 – Checking the Garage Door Parts

In changing or installing a new door lock for your garage, make sure that you’ve checked the rollers and brackets as well as the torsion spring. If you see any damage or broken parts, you will need to call a professional to have this fixed.

Step 2 – Checking the door balance

A right door balance should be measured before installation of the door lock. To ensure if the door is in the right balance you must close it the pull the emergency release cord. If you’ll lift the door halfway it should not move if you’ll release it. If it does, you will have to adjust it.

Step 3 – Replacing of Components

Do not attempt to use components of the door (e.g. wall button, wires) that are already old or have been used for quite a long time. Although you

Step 4 – Choosing the Door Opener

There are two (2) types of garage door lock to choose from: the chain drive and the belt driven. Both have advantages if utilized, but it’s the belt drive which is quiet when being used.

Step 5 – Preparing for the Installation

To prepare your garage for door lock installation, lubricate your door properly so it’ll operate smoothly.  Next, remove all the ropes or cords attached to the garage door to avoid disentangle then remove the existing locks carefully.

Step 6 – Preparing all Garage Door Lock Materials and Tools

Pull out all the materials and tools you’ll be needing based on the instruction guide that is included in your kit.

Step 7 – Putting the Main Assembly

In putting together the main assembly, pull the rail together then attach them based on the instruction given in the kit. After which, slide the carriage over the rail and attach the rail to the motor compartment. When done, you may install the pulley at the end of the rail then put the belt through the end of the rail. You can now attach the end of the belt to the carriage.

Step 8 – Installing the blocking on the ceiling

If there’s no blocking on the ceiling, you will have to install one for this is where the garage door will be attached. Guarantee that you attach it to the solid wood properly and not just to the sheetrock.

Step 9 – Finding Point of Connection

Once you found the point of connection to your garage door, attach the bracket carefully. Follow the instruction given to you on the proper distance you should measure from the top of the garage.

Step 10 – Leaning of Assembly

Now, you will have to lean the end of the assembly above the garage door by attaching the bracket and the end of the assembly as mentioned in the installation procedures written in your garage door lock kit.

Now you can lift the other of the assembly and put it into place. Make sure that it is high enough so that no one can run into it. When done, you can now attach the bracket to the garage door. Usually there will be two (2) pieces give in order to allow flexibility in the connection.

Step 11 – Attaching of Safety Rope

Of course, all doors should come with backup and/or manual operation. With garage door, you should put a safety rope on the carriage and shall be adjusted at about six (6) inches from the floor so anyone can operate it if necessary.

Step 12 – Installing of Electric Eye

Installation of electric eye is necessary for the safety system of your garage door lock. This comes with two (2) small wires down to the bottom of one side of your garage door. When done, you must remember that the installation of your push button should at least 5’ from the floor to avoid toddlers from playing with it.

You may also install a keypad or remote opening garage door lock so only selected individuals can only open it. When you’re done on setting up you may now test your garage door if it opens correctly. If it’s not working well, you may look through the instructions again or ask the supplier regarding your concern.