Nothing is more frustrating than heading to the garage on a busy morning and finding the garage door doesn’t work. You can avoid emergencies and extend the life of your garage door with regular inspection and maintenance. We aren’t saying to call us immediately when you discover that your garage door is in trouble. Before doing this, just ensure what is the problem. Some of the trouble signs are:
- Excessive noise: While every garage door makes noise when it’s being opened or closed, if you hear more than the usual creaking or you hear popping sounds, these are signs of problems with the springs that require repair.
- Sagging: If you open the door manually about midway, your garage door should stay put at the level you left it. If it does sag downward, or sag down on one side, this is a sign that parts of the suspension system are failing.
- Follow the procedure below to test your garage door on a monthly or seasonal basis.
- Balance test: Disconnect the automatic garage door opener and open the garage door manually. You should be able to open it easily and fully. If your garage door doesn’t open completely and easily or begins to slide down again, the door is out of balance and needs service.
- Reversing mechanism test: Modern garage doors are equipped with a photo eye system as well as a reversing mechanism to prevent the door coming down on top of a person or object in the doorway. To check the system’s safety, bring the garage door up, and then press the button to bring it down. Standing a foot away from the door, extend your arm at about shoulder height – the door should reverse its motion as soon as it touches you.
If it does not, call Bayside garage door repair service to address this safety risk immediately.