Garage Door Safety Inspections
On average, your garage door is the largest moving object within your home, and can weigh hundreds of pounds. With the demand of daily use, parts of the garage door will eventuality wear out, and need replacing. All of which, can potentially injure you or your loved ones, and/or cause severe property damage. Routine inspections, however, can keep your garage door functioning smoothly and most importantly safely—for quite some time.
Precision Garage Door Las Vegas performs a 25-point safety inspection, which includes, adjusting the door’s springs and cables, lubricating moving parts, tightening all hardware, tracks and hinges, inspecting the safety sensors and automatic opener gears, as well as troubleshooting any other issues you may be experiencing.
DIY Monthly Tests
By performing monthly testing and staying on top of needed maintenance, you’ll protect yourself from potentially expensive repairs down the road. We recommend the following garage door maintenance steps be completed in the order as they appear:
Visual Inspections: Inspect all components of your garage door and garage door opener including, but not limited to, the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and tracks for signs of wear or damage. Caution: These parts and more are under extreme tension! Never attempt to repair or adjust them without the aid of a professional.
Door Balance Test: In order to test your garage door’s balance, you should begin by ensuring the door is closed, and then pull the automatic opener’s release mechanism. This allows you to easily maneuver the door by hand. If the door is properly balanced, you should be able to smoothly lift the door, with little to no resistance. If the door fails to smoothly lift or remain open, it is probably out of alignment and should be serviced.
Door Reverse Test: Since the federal government passed a law in 1993, all automatic garage door openers must include the feature of safely reversing, when an obstruction comes into contact with the “safety-eyes”. With your garage door open, press the button to close it; as it is descending roll a ball past the safety-eyes. Did it reverse direction? If your garage door failed to change direction, it needs to be serviced or the opener may need to be replaced.
Door Sensitivity Test: In order to properly test this, place a two-inch thick piece of wood (a roll of paper towels works just the same) in the middle path of the door, before closing it. If the door fails to instantly reverse to the open position, then the opener’s limits need to readjusted, or it may need to be replaced.
Contact Us: If any of the above tests failed to properly perform desired action, or you discover some other problem, please call Precision Garage Door Las Vegas for prompt attention. Our certified technicians are readily available to take your call—night or day!
We have compiled a short list of safety tips, to ensure that you and your loved ones understand how to safely operate your garage door, at all times.
- Teach your children that the garage door is not a toy and can injure them if played with.
- Never approach a garage door while it is in operation.
- Don’t leave the premises until your garage door has completed requested operation.
- Never place the remote or wall switch where a small child can reach them.
- Never leave the remote clicker in your car overnight (if parked outside of the garage).