Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has some advice on how to keep your garage door safe and maintained. Like all the other mechanical things in your home, your garage door needs checking. Let’s take a look at what kind of maintenance your garage door needs.
Frequency of Use
Some people use their garage door like it’s their front door. Whether they are running errands, taking the dog for a walk or mowing the yard, they’ll use their garage door. Other people may only leave the house once to go to work, and again to return. Understanding how often you use your garage door will help to decide how often your door may need servicing.
There are around 20,000 garage door accidents reported each year. We recommend doing the following checks at least every 4 months. If you’re a high-frequency user we recommend doing these checks every month.
A Safety Test
When your garage door is lowered sensors should stop the door if anything is in its path. There are two safety checks to perform. Set an object under the path of the door. When the lower edge of the door touches the object it should automatically reverse.
Next check the safety sensors installed on the garage side rails, about a foot up from the garage floor. While lowering the garage door move your hand or foot through the safety sensors. The door should immediately stop and reverse. If your door fails either of these checks call a professional repair person.
A Visual Test
Check over each section of your door. Check the tracks, rollers, springs, and seals. Tighten any loose screws. Look for any area that is showing wear. Check the cables and consider changing them before they break.
A Noise Test
Listen to your door as it lifts and lowers. Apply a high-quality garage door lube to any areas with unusual noises. Lube the doors hinges, pins, and wheels. If you still hear noises that shouldn’t be there call a professional repair person to check out your system further.
A Balance Test
The balance of your garage door is very important. To check its balance, disconnect the automatic door opener. This is a red cord hanging from garage door opener that you pull on. Then try to lift your garage door manually, until it’s about halfway open. It should lift fairly easily. Stand back and let go of the door. It should stay in place. If it drops or lifts further, your door is out of balance. An out of balance door is very dangerous. Call a professional repair person immediately.
Give Us A Call
If your door needs a professional check, call a Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team member. We can have a technician thoroughly check your door. Keeping your family and pets safe is our priority.