As a homeowner it is important to maintain your garage door’s proper functions. Garage doors can be dangerous when a part or component becomes worn down or breaks. That is why you, as a homeowner, should inspect your garage door regularly. When need arises, have your garage door repaired and always maintained. Quality Garage Door Repair will share a basic inspection check of your garage door for proper function–and most important of all–safety.
Testing the Garage Door
All garage doors, both new and old, should be inspected regularly. Most modern garage doors are paneled or segmented, which allows the garage door to curve when it is opened. Each panel is held together by various bolts and screws. Check each of the connections and make sure that they are all tight. If any are loose or missing, retighten or replace the screws and bolts that are holding the panels together. You may want to have your garage door’s serial number, make and model written down, in the event you need to repair or replace components of your garage door.
How to Balance a Garage Door
Another important aspect of your garage door when it comes to safely operating correctly is balance. A garage door, when properly balanced, will lift and close equally. You can perform a simple test by activating the garage door and watching it open and close to see if the garage door is either sagging or leaning to one side. While the garage door is closing, stop it from fully shutting about a foot or more from off the ground. You should be able to see if the garage door is sagging or leaning. Often when a garage door is off balance, this can be a serious warning sign that your garage door springs are going out. If the springs actually break, it can cause the garage door to fall down suddenly. This poses a serious safety risk that can cause injury or damages to both person and property. If your garage door seems out of balance, contact a garage door technician to determine the cause of the imbalance and perform any necessary repairs.
Test the Garage Door Force Setting
You will want to test the force settings on your remote garage opener. This is important in the event you need to quickly stop the garage door from either opening or closing to prevent harm or damages. Start by opening your garage door, either with the remote or garage door wall button. With the remote, activate the garage door so it begins to close. While it is closing, apply moderate pressure to the remote. The garage door should then reverse with little delay. If the garage door doesn’t respond, apply more pressure until it reverses. If the remote opener requires excessive pressure, you may want to adjust the sensitivity level of the remote. Each model and brand will vary so consult your remote manual.
Testing Garage Door Auto Reverse Sensors
Do this especially if you have an older garage door. You will want to test the reverse setting if the garage door hits a solid object. If a person is caught underneath while the garage door is closing, when the door makes contact with the person, or any solid object, it should immediately go in reverse. You can perform a safe test by using a block of wood and place it underneath the garage door as it closes. When the garage door makes contact with the wood it should stop and go in reverse. If it doesn’t, you may have a problem with the sensor system. Keep in mind the older garage doors may not have this safety feature.
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Quality Garage Door Repair wants to help make everyone safer by sharing some of these basic safety tests. If you discover you have a problem with your garage door, contact Quality Garage Door Repair. We will inspect, repair and maintain your garage door.