It’s easy to ignore your garage door.
Nope – this statement just isn’t going to cut it!
Seriously, how easy is to ignore something you probably open and close multiple times a day, or something you park in front of? Come on folks! Not only will actually ignoring your garage door cause you many headaches, but it also downright dangerous to do so.
This is because of the fact that your garage door is the largest, and quite possibly the most important, moving object you will ever have the pleasure of owning. However, it is the door’s components and its opener that allows the 150 to 250 pound door to operate successfully.
The best thing you can do is to remember it is there and that it, just like the vehicle you drive every day, needs to be serviced every now and then. The ugly truth is that without the proper attention, you very well may be looking at many problems, all of which I’m sure you’d rather not be dealing with.
To ensure that your garage door and garage door opener operate smoothly and safely year round, you should periodically inspect it for any noticeable wear and tear, as well as perform some very simple maintenance tasks. Here are just some of the garage door maintenance tasks we recommend you do on a routine basis:
Inspect Your Door Visually:
Visually inspect your door at least once a month to ensure none of its components are rusty, broken or on the verge of breaking. (Make sure to use caution around moving parts, namely the springs, as they are under immense tension).
Test the Automatic Reverse System:
Required by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission since 1991, this feature causes a descending door to immediately stop and return to an open position upon contact with an obstruction.
To test this feature, place a roll of paper towels, in the path of the closing door. The door should quickly reverse upon contact with the paper towels (or other object of your choosing).
Test the Infrared Motion System:
This feature, which is again extremely important for ensuring your safety, works by immediately stopping a door from closing once something interferes with the door’s infrared motion system’s (aka its safety eyes) beam. The system’s safety eyes are typically installed six inches off the ground.
Test the Emergency Manual Release:
All garage door openers in operation today are required to have an emergency manual release handle that typically hangs from the unit itself on a bright red rope. Pulling on this rope allows you to manually operate the door in the event it malfunctions or there is a power outage.
Pull on the rope to test this feature. Are you able to smoothly raise and lower the door manually? If not, don’t force it. In the event your door feels heavy or just won’t budge, you should immediately contact a professional garage door services company to come out and repair your door.
Lubricate All Moving Parts:
Using a deep penetrating oil (think WD-40) provide your door’s moving parts with a good squirt or two on an annual basis. This includes lightly spraying your door’s springs, rollers, tracks, and opener’s chain. This will ensure your door operates smoothly all year.