Maintenance is important for anything in your home. This includes the garage door and garage door opener. But, you don’t have to grope around wondering exactly what types of service and maintenance your garage door and opener needs. This starts with doing a proper inspection. This guide to performing a garage door inspection walks you through the different types of regular checks that need to be done.
Visual Monthly Inspection
You want to start your monthly inspection by standing inside your garage, with your garage door closed. Thoroughly look over all the garage door cables, springs, pulleys, mounting hardware, and rollers, for any signs of any damage or excessive wear. When looking at the cables, make sure you are to notice any fraying, or wearing. If the mounting hardware does come loose, and if anything else does not look or sound normal, it can be, or become a serious issue.
Monthly Garage Door Balance Testing
If you have a garage door that is equipped with the automatic opener system in place, you want to make sure that you close the door, and fully disconnect the automatic opener. After the disconnect, make sure you are able to lift the garage door manually. Next, you want to lift the door, and the door should be able to lift without hesitation, and remain open. If the garage door is difficult to open, and the door does not continue to stay in the open position, the door can be out of balance, and serviced by your expert technician.
Test Reverse Mechanisms
When you have your garage door fully open, you want to lay down a piece of wood, such as, a 2×4 on the floor, and in the center of your garage door opening, where your garage door would meet the floor. You then want to close the garage door. When the garage door closes, and touches the wood, the garage door should automatically reverse at this time.
Test Door Sensors
When you have your garage door open fully, you want to close the garage door. Find a long object, like a mop or a broomstick, and place it in front of one of the door’s eyes, and the door should reverse automatically. If this does not happen, you want to make sure you pull the object back while the door is closing. Now, you want to close the door. When the garage door is closed, you want to clean the eyes with a cloth that is soft, and dry. Then you should look at the sensors’ alignment. If they do seem to be out of place, adjust accordingly. Then, you want to open the garage door, and repeat this test.
Test Amount of Closing Force
When you have your garage door open fully, you want to close the door. As the garage door starts to close, hold the bottom of the garage door, with your hands stretched, and firm. If the garage door does not reverse easily, and continues to the close position, you should move your hands immediately. This is an indicator of an excessive amount of closing force.
If you perform these checks regularly then you can easily catch any potential problems before they cause catastrophic failures. If you aren’t comfortable with doing these yourself, you can contact a professional installation company like ours. We are happy to schedule these inspections with you.