Shopping for a Craftsman Garage Door OpenerYou can find all of the available Craftsman garage door openers on the Sears Web site. The site includes a garage door opener selector tool, which may help you find the product you need.
For some general information on comparing different types of garage door openers, see Before You Buy a Garage Door Opener.
Installing a Craftsman Garage Door OpenerIf you are reasonably handy with DIY projects and can follow basic step-by-step instructions, you should be able to install your own garage door opener. Most garage door opener manufacturers make both do-it-yourself and professional models of their products. The DIY versions, which include the Craftsman line of garage door openers, fit into the trunk of a car and include detailed instructions. Here is a list of the tools you will need.
Want to compare what it would cost if you hired a professional? Here's how. A typical new garage door opener will cost you somewhere between $135 and $230, and it will likely take about half a day to install. With that in mind, call a few professional installers in your area and ask for estimates. After assigning a value to your own time (something only you can do), compare the costs and decide which route to take.
Troubleshooting a Craftsman Garage Door OpenerThe best place to begin troubleshooting a malfunctioning Craftsman garage door opener is with the owner’s manual. If you don't have one, go to the Sears Web site and enter the model number of your garage door opener. If it is a model still being sold, you should be able to download a copy of the manual (here is a sample of a typical Craftsman garage door opener ownder's manual).
For some general tips on repairing garage door openers, see Troubleshooting the Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems.
Finding Parts for Craftsman Garage Door OpenersShopping for replacement parts for a Craftsman garage door opener is pretty easy. First, though, you will need to know the model number of your garage door opener. You should be able to locate the model number on the label attached to the opener.
There are several places where you can shop for parts. A good place to start is with the Sears PartsDirect site.
Sears Craftsman garage door openers are made by Chamberlain (also the name of a line of openers available to consumers), which also makes the LiftMaster (professionally installed) brand. Consequently, many of the parts used on the three brands are interchangeable. This can be a handy thing to know if you have trouble finding replacement parts or a new remote control for a discontinued model. For information on how to match part numbers, click here.
Another source for compatible parts and information is residential-openers.com.