You probably don’t think too much about your garage door, but because you probably use it every day, you should. Just like you maintain your car, you should also maintain your garage door. Doing so will ensure that it works properly for as long as possible. You garage door should be inspected at least once a year.
Garage Door Inspection Checklist
1. Check the garage door photo eye sensors. Make sure these sensors are installed properly. They are located on both sides of the garage door about 6 inches off the ground. Make sure that they are the right height and securely attached to the wall. You will also need to make sure they are working correctly. Place an object that is 6+ inches in front of one of the sensors to block it and press the garage door button. If the sensors are working properly, the garage door will not be able to close.
2. Check the garage door mechanical reverse feature is working. This feature ensures safety and needs to be tested. Place an object at the edge of the garage door at least 1 ½ inches high. Press the garage door opener and watch the door. The door should begin to close but reverse and open again when it contacts the object. You will need to contact professionals if you have any problems with the reverse feature.
3. Check the garage door’s balance. Switch the door opener to manual mode and then open and close the door. Check to make sure the door opens and closes smoothly along the tracks. Then open the door again and stop it halfway. The door should stay in the middle position without falling to the ground. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to have it looked at because it can be dangerous to adjust it on your own.
4. Check the garage door springs. Torsion springs are located above the door when it is closed. Extension springs are located above the upper tracks on both sides of the door. Check the springs for damage and listen for squeaking. If the springs are noisy you can lubricate them. If lubrication doesn’t work, you will need further evaluation by professionals.
5. Check the garage door pulley. Look for wear and tear and any signs of damage. The door’s pulleys are attached to the springs and are under high tension. Do not try and service them yourself.
6. Check the garage door lifting cables. Look for fraying or breaking strands on the lifting cables. Look closely at the parts of the cable near the bottom of the roller bracket as they will break down more quickly.
7. Check the garage door rollers. Your garage door will have either nylon rollers or steel rollers. You should check the condition of them for any signs of wear and tear. Nylon rollers will crack and chip, steel rollers will slowly start to bend out of shape.
8. Check the garage door hinges. You will also need to check the hinges to look for signs of damage. Make sure they are attached securely so they don’t become loose. If you think they need replacement you will need to call in the pros.
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