Inspect Your Garage Door for Safety

Time: 30 minutes

You hit the button, the door goes up, and you’re onto the next activity. Most of the time, we don’t give our garage door a second thought. That is, until it crushes something or someone.

The average garage door on an American home weighs 400+ pounds and has proven fatal. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends inspecting your garage door and door opener once a month. If your garage door opener doesn’t automatically reverse - it’s past time to replace it.

You can perform this safety check yourself, but disengage the opener immediately and hire a pro if you suspect a problem.

What’s in it for you?

  • Safe children and pets
  • A smooth entrance/exit

Safety Check:

  1. Hardware: stand inside the garage with the door closed and take a look at all of the components that make up the door. Pay attention to the track, springs, joints, mounting hardware, and cables. Look for signs of wear or damage including fraying, rust or corrosion, and loose connections. If something doesn’t look quite right or has been making a funny noise, have the door inspected by a pro.

  2. Balance: a balanced door will stay in place when stopped in a partially-open position. To test it, close the door and disable the automatic opener. Carefully lift the door manually. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and remain open. If it is difficult to open or slides back down, the door should be serviced by a pro.

  3. Reverse: with the door open, place a 2 x 4 wood board or broom in the doorway. Close the door using your automated system. When the door reaches the wood, it should reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, have the door repaired by a pro.

  4. Eye Check: photo eye sensors tell your garage door to reverse when an infrared beam is broken between them. To test it, close the door using your automated system and wave a long object, like a broomstick, in front of one of the door’s photo eyes. The door should reverse. If it doesn’t, pull the broomstick to safety and wait for the door to close. Clean the photo eyes with a soft, dry cloth and realign them by hand. Open the door and repeat the broomstick test. If the door still doesn’t reverse, have a pro service the door.

Spring Bonus:

Once a year, you’ll also want to:

  1. Use a leaf blower to clear all the grime, grit and cobwebs from the door components.

  2. Oil older doors with metal rollers, hinges, and tracks (newer doors come self-lubricated or are made with plastic and have no need for oil).

  3. Check the rubber seal on the bottom of your garage door for signs of wear and tear. This seal can harden and chip away, leaving you vulnerable to the elements.

If you find a problem, call us at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a Pro ASAP.

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