Garage doors are complicated to many people. It is easy to mistake a minor complication for a larger, more problematic issue. However, most garage door mishaps are completely affordable, fixable and preventable issues.
Tips for maintaining your garage door
For the easy fixes, Garage Door Specialist has a few tips that will save you money and keep your garage door running smoothly:
- Perform a Safety Reversal Test: All garage doors should stop and reverse to avoid any ostensible obstruction in the downward path, meaning it should only apply minimal pressure to an object blocking its motion. Place a 2x4 on the floor near the center of the garage door's closing plane. Close the garage door. It should stop once it reaches the 2x4 and retract upwards. If it does, your garage has passed the safety reversal test. If it does not, contact Garage Door Specialist today!
- Ensure your garage door opener is compliant with federal law: Any garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are compliant with federal law under UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Standard 325. This standard requires all garage doors manufactured after that time to contain infrared safety sensors. Unfortunately, most garage companies have stopped selling replacement parts for openers made before January of 1993, so we advise against putting money into repairing an old sensor, and recommend simply contacting Garage Door Specialist today to ask about our garage door opener selection!
- Visually inspect your garage door: It's usually pretty easy to assess the condition of your garage door. It's helpful to visually inspect the hardware, including the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other hardware for signs of wear and tear. If you do suspect damage or deterioration of any part of your garage door, contact Garage Door Specialist today to let one of our experts assist you!
- Conduct a Balance Test: It is important to keep your garage door in balance and well-adjusted. To determine the balance of your door, close it, and use the release mechanism on your garage door opener to allow you to manually move the door by hand. You should encounter smooth movement with little resistance when you move the door upward. It should rest stagnant at 3 to 4 feet off the floor. If it does not, it is out of balance and should be adjusted by a professional. To have your garage door inspected or adjusted, contact Garage Door Specialist today!
Let Garage Door Specialist help you maintain your garage door!
Garage Door Specialist is the go-to provider for all garage door installation, repair, and maintenance needs throughout Central North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Contact us today to let us help you alleviate your garage door worries. Our certified technicians are passionate about serving you and making your needs their top priority!