Screw Drive Garage Door Opener: Light Bulb Replacement

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 3-10
What You'll Need
Step ladder
Philips screwdriver
100-watt bulb

The screw drive garage door opener is one of the more popular types of garage door openers today. They are very durable and can lift heavier doors than a belt-driven opener. Installing one of these in your own garage can be done quite easily and with basic tools. One of the draws about this type of garage door opener is the ease of which you can keep it maintained. A common piece of maintenance associated with the screw drive garage door opener is the need to replace the light bulb. Here are the steps to take when your light bulb burns out.

Step 1 - Set Ladder

Using a step ladder is the easiest way to get at your garage door opener without having to stretch or climb on top of boxes. Set your step ladder directly in front of the light bulb housing. Make sure the floor is clear of any debris and that the legs of the ladder are firmly on the ground.

Step 2 - Unplug Garage Door Opener

Once you can reach the garage door opener you should immediately unplug it. This is a safety precaution you should always be in the habit of doing when working with any electrical device. Even changing the light bulb can lead to an electrical injury if you are not careful.

Step 3 - Remove Bulb Cover

Located on the front of the garage door opener is a white cover. This is where the bulb is located. This can be attached by either a few tabs or several small screws. Removing the cover can be done by depressing the tabs and pulling the cover down. Or, it may be removed by unscrewing the Philips head screws. You should also be aware that some of the covers with tabs do not come completely off. They will have a hinge that allows them to swing free.

Step 4 - Remove Light Bulb

Generally, you can easily remove the light bulb with your free hand without having any type of problem. If the light bulb has been in the housing for some time, there is the possibility of the bulb being in its position very tightly. Wrap the rag around the light bulb and apply even pressure in a counterclockwise direction. If the light bulb does break you can still use the rag to protect your hand and unscrew the light bulb.

Step 5 - Clean Housing and Case

While you are replacing the bulb, this is a great opportunity to clean the light bulb housing and surrounding area. Remove any dirt, grime or bugs from the light socket as well as dusting off the cover.

Step 6 - Replace Light Bulb

Use a 100-watt bulb in the garage door opener. Some manufacturers recommend that you do not go below 60 watts or above 130 watts. Stay within this range for adequate light and no danger of excess heat build-up. Screw in the new light bulb.

Step 7 - Tighten Cover and Plugin

Place the cover back in place and either secure it with screws of making sure the tabs click into place. Now you can plug in the garage door opener and test it to make sure the light bulb is working.