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How and When Should I Inspect My Garage Door?

How and When Should I Inspect My Garage Door?

A well-operating garage door welcomes you home after a long day. You count on your garage door to smoothly operate when you need it. A garage door that is operating below capacity can be an inconvenience, which is why we suggest that you have your garage door serviced and checked regularly.

By having your garage door professionally checked every year, you can prolong its lifespan. Aside from that, you should administer smaller checkups for your garage door each month. In this blog, we will discuss some of the common things a technician will inspect, as well as how you can perform your own checkups.

Why are Garage Door Inspections Important? 

When you perform frequent checks on your garage door, you are preventing small issues from turning into bigger (and more expensive) ones. If a part is about to break, we can replace it before it breaks and causes more damage. It’ll save you time and money in the long run, preventing you from needing emergency service.

How Do You Inspect a Garage Door?

A garage door is the largest moving object in your home. Garage doors should not be viewed as a DIY home-improvement project. The amount of moving parts and the weight of the door require the experience of a qualified professional. Our technicians use an inspection checklist with certain issues to look for when they examine a garage door. An inspection usually begins by making adjustments and lubricating critical moving components and reviewing the overall health of the garage door.

After the general system has been checked, a technician will review inspect all parts, making sure each piece is operating properly. They will inspect, test, adjust and lubricate the torsion springs to ensure the right level of tension. They may also look for signs of frayed the cables and bent rollers. When examining the door, a technician will inspect the door sections and panels for signs of denting or delamination. Finally, they will check the garage door opener for a balance door and well-operating mechanics.

Can I Inspect My Garage Door By Myself?

You can do visual and minor manual inspections of your garage door between visits from a technician. Check for garage door alignment by unhooking the opener and moving the door up and down on its tracks a couple of times. If you struggle to move the door, it may have some alignment issues.  If the door slams to the ground or shoots open, you have a spring tension problem.

Check the sensors at the base of the tracks. Start your door in an open position. Press the garage door opener to close the door. As the garage door closes, place a broom or large object in front of the sensor. If the door stops and reverses, the sensors are operating correctly. If your door stops when nothing is blocking the sensors, it is possible that the sensors either don’t work, or they are not aligned. And, as always, keep your garage floors and tracks clean and free of obstructions. For safety reasons, all other inspections and repairs should be made by a professional.

Contact Central State Door Service for Garage Door & Opener Service and Repair

Is your garage door working correctly? Did you find an issue that requires a qualified technician? Contact the experts at Central State Door Service today for service and repairs. Whether you need an inspection or a major repair, our team has over 80-years of experience taking care of garage doors of all sizes. We love what we do, and we are ready to help you.

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