5 Steps to Inspect Your Garage Door for the New Year  

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A faulty automatic garage door can be a serious danger.  They’re much heavier than they look and if they’re not performing properly they can fall on and trap cars and humans alike.  Giving your garage door a yearly inspection will reduce the risk of accidents and injury.  Here are some of the things you should be looking for.

Inspect The Photo Sensors

Photo sensors on either side of the garage door, about six inches off the ground, are in place to ensure the door doesn’t close if there’s something or someone in the way.  Locate the sensors and make sure they’re well attached to the wall.  You can test the sensors by placing an object over one of the photo eyes to interrupt the beam that passes between them. Press the button to close the door.  If the sensors are working properly, the door should not close.

Test The Door’s Reverse Mechanism

If the garage door comes into contact with an object on the way down, it should automatically reverse back to the open position.  Test this by placing an object that’s at least a couple of inches tall in the path of the closing door.  Upon touching the object, the door should retract back to the open position.

Inspect Springs, Pulleys, Rollers And Cables

Visually inspect the garage door springs, pulleys, roller and cables.  You should be looking for any sign of wear and tear such as overly stretched springs, bent or worn rollers and frayed cables.  Also listen for any excessive squeaking or scraping sounds.  If you do notice deterioration of any parts, it’s recommended to contact a garage door specialist as it can be dangerous to service these parts yourself.

Examine The Door’s Balance

Examine the door’s balance by switching the opener to its manual mode while opening and closing the door by hand.  Make sure the door moves through the tracks smoothly and without hindrance.  Also try letting go of the door when it’s three quarters of the way opened.  It should stop about halfway down and not fall all the way to the closed position.  If there are problems with the door’s balance, contact a professional.

Check Hinges, Screws and Weather Stripping

Visually inspect the door’s hinges, screws and weather stripping for wear and tear, looseness or damage.  Be especially careful with hinges and screws as they can be supporting a lot of weight.  If you notice loose screws or worn parts, contact us to help bring your door back to health.

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