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Garage Door Safety and Maintenance

By Bestdoor֘ on April 29, 2014

You can easily perform some garage door system safety and maintenance yourself. If you are not comfortable performing these tests, have them performed by a trained garage door service technician.

SAFETY NOTE: To avoid injury, let everyone in your household know that you are checking the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed until you tell them you are finished.

The following tests and maintenance should be performed in the following order:

  • Monthly visual inspection: Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed. Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. If something doesn’t look or sound quite right; it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by a garage door service technician.
  • Monthly door balance test: If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the opener. Then, lift the door manually. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door should be serviced by a trained garage door service technician.
  • Monthly reversing test for automatic openers:
    With the door fully open, lay a piece of wood such as a 2 x 4 on the floor in the center of the garage door opening where the door would touch the floor. Push your garage door opener’s remote or wall button to close the door. When the door strikes the wood, the door should automatically reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, the door should be serviced by a trained garage door opener technician.
  • Monthly safety eye test: (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s remote or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the safety sensors. The door should reverse.
    If it does not reverse and reopen, pull the broomstick out of the path of the closing door. Close the door. With the door in the closed position, clean the safety sensors with a soft, dry cloth. Gently adjust the sensors by hand if they appear to be out of alignment. Open the door and repeat the test. If the door does not reverse and reopen, the door should be serviced by a trained garage door opener  technician.
  • Monthly force setting test: (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). With the door fully open, push your garage door openers remote or wall button to close the door. As the door is closing, hold up the bottom of the door with your hands outstretched and stiff. If the door does not easily reverse and continues to close, pull your hands away immediately. This should be serviced by a trained garage door opener technician.
  • Semi-annual lubrication:  Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.