A garage door is the largest moving appliance in a home; and yet, most folks don’t realize there are some simple steps they can take to maintain their garage door.
Florida hurricane season is upon us, and while it’s a good idea to get regular garage door maintenance done by professionals, there are some things you too should focus on, ensuring the safety of your garage door: *
Visually inspect weather seal, lift cable, brackets & fasteners, track, and rollers. Door should open and close smoothly, with no sounds of grinding or scraping that can indicate wear on the door. If you suspect problems, contact us to have your door inspected.
TEST DOOR BALANCE
With your garage door in the closed position and the operator disconnected, manually lift the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain open. If the door does not lift smoothly or remain open, have the door inspected and adjusted.
TEST REVERSING MECHANISM
With the door fully open, engage your garage door operator to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of the door’s photo eye. This should cause the door to reverse and return to the open position. If the door does not reverse and reopen, contact us for servicing.
TEST THE FORCE SETTING
With the garage door fully open, place a 2” thick dense sponge in the path of the door. You may also use a 1 – 1½” thick solid object such as a 2×4 block; however, if your force setting is incorrect this may result in damage to your door. Engage your garage door operator to close the door. When the door contacts the object, the door should automatically reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, the door should be serviced.
- Avoid a moving door: keep hands and fingers clear
- Do not let children play with transmitters or remotes
- Only operate the door when you can see it
*WARNING: Springs, cables, and other hardware attached to the springs are under extreme tension and can result in serious injury or death. Spring assemblies should only be adjusted or repaired by a trained garage door systems technician.
Contact the experts
We at Omega Garage Doors always encourage customers to focus on garage door safety as much as any other feature or system in their home. We can make sure that your doors are always in peak operational condition.