If properly utilized, a garage can be one of the most functional, reliable parts of your home. But how safe is it really? From aging garage doors to faulty sensors, to other safety issues that can put your family and home in harm’s way, there are many factors to consider.
Here’s how to determine just how safe your garage door is:
Are the Photo Eyes Working?
A dirty sensor, faulty connection, or misaligned photo eye can prevent the garage door from stopping and reversing if something gets in its path. Periodically check the sensors for problems. If the garage door behaves erratically, such as not closing, partially closing and reopening, or there’s a flashing light or clicking sound, check the photo eyes for issues that can be fixed with or without a garage door installation professional.
Are There Signs You Need Garage Door Replacement?
Worn springs, cables, pulleys, rollers, and tracks should be replaced as soon as possible. Always hire a trained technician to adjust and replace these components. If your garage door is making a lot of noise, shudders, or shows signs of damage such as cracks, large dents, or sagging, have it replaced to avoid serious safety issues that can cause substantial injury and property damage.
How Do I Know How Safe My Garage Door Is?
You can periodically test the auto-reverse feature by placing an object in the path of a closing door. It should reverse upon contact; if not, check the sensors or contact a repair professional. A garage door balance test can also help. Release the emergency lever and lift the door by hand. It should remain even and steady, but if the door falls or does anything unexpected, it’s time to have a technician look at it.
How Do I Ensure My Garage Is Safe?
By following a few safety tips, you can protect anyone who uses your garage. Here are a few you need to consider:
- Keep the main garage door opener controller or remote control out of reach of children.
- Every month, perform a visual inspection of high-tension components such as springs and cables.
- Never keep your garage door open, which can invite intruders or cause objects in its path to be damaged when the door closes.
- If you go on vacation, unplug the garage door opener or lock it if possible, so no remote can operate the door.
- Never leave a garage door opener remote control in your car; if it’s stolen, the thief can gain access to your home (a key chain remote is best). Don’t leave the control with a parking attendant.
Newer garage door openers change their codes every time they’re used. This prevents thieves from accessing a code to gain entry to your garage. If your opener does not have this feature, change the standard access codes routinely (on both the opener and remote control), or purchase a newer garage door opener with standard safety and security features.
Precision Door Service Can Help Maintain Garage Door Safety
At Precision Door Service of Las Vegas, our trained technicians can perform a 25-point safety inspection and full diagnostic to determine the safety of your garage door and whether it needs to be serviced. We can address any repair and stock Precision parts you can rely on when replacement springs, rollers and cables, and other components are needed. Our team specializes in garage door installation and replacement, so when you need a new door or quality parts, contact our Las Vegas office at 702-553-4621.