Time flys, chauffeuring the kids, doing house projects, but just by taking a few extra minutes a month doing simple care and maintenance to your garage door could save you headaches down the roads. Make monthly inspection and test a part of your regular routine. Even add it to your calendar next to soccer practice and spa day!
Garage Door Opener Reversal Test
Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993d are required by federal law to have advanced safety features, including a reversing feature. If your garage door does not have said feature, it should be replaced.
It is essential to rest the reversing feature every month. With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2’’ thick piece of wood on the floor in the center of the door. Push the button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the wood. If it does not, the reversing feature does not work and call us immediately.
Garage Door Opener Force Setting
Rest the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and needs adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any changes.
Additional Safety Devices for Garage Door Openers
Many garage door openers can be equipped with additional safety devices. Consider adding some of these features, such as photo eye or edge sensor as an extra measure of safety to protect against entrapment.
Make sure the additional safety device is correctly installed and adjusted. Never remove, adjust, or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
Garage Door Visual Inspection
Grab your flashlight to take a look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. If something doesn’t look right, contact us, and we will provide you directions with the next best steps.
Dust off that WD-40 and regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. If you have questions, take a look at your garage doors owner’s manual for recommendations.
Other Garage Door Inspections
Garage door opener– let’s start with the largest moving object in your house. And the garage door opener is the machine that makes it all work. So check the closing and opening switch mounted inside your garage. You probably have already tested the remote door opener in your car, so do it with all cars.
Listen for loud pops– your garage door should “sound” consistent from opening and closing. If you hear a loud pop or bang, it’s time to call one of our ASSA ABLOY garage door repair techs. Loud popping indicates that there could be a spring or panel issue.
Garage door panels– as you are inside of the garage with the door fully closed, examine each individual door panel to ensure that there are no cracks or sagging. If there are, please contact one of our ASSA ABLOY garage door repair techs to handle the servicing safely.
Torsion spring and hardware– safely examine the large torsion spring (if you have one) and bracket hardware from inside your garage with the door closed. You want to check and ensure that door tracks aren’t hanging down loosely or that the main spring has popped or looks dysfunctional. These are dangerous parts and should be left to one of our ASSA ABLOY garage door repair techs to handle broken springs and hardware. Also, check that the brackets are securely attached to each panel on the door.
Inspecting your garage door annually will keep the largest operating item in your home safe and functioning at peak performance.
We can help you with any garage door service or repair needs. Our garage door repair technicians are available 24/7 to assist you. Just give one of our door experts a call at 1-800-THE-DOOR, use our contact form or click our famous blue bubble in the bottom-right of your browser.