Did you know garage doors can weigh more than 400 pounds? Opening and closing the garage door is a very common occurrence; however, this does not eliminate the fact that it can cause harm if any part of the operation is broken. In some cases, the garage door operation can be lethal.
Did you know, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports over 45,000 people are injured by broken or faulty garage door systems every year. This statistic only includes injuries that required professional medical attention, but there are thousands of other incidents that go unreported every year. This may have you evaluating your current garage door system and its safety at this very moment.
It is important you hire a trained, educated, and skilled team to install or repair your garage door. Proper installation and regular maintenance is the best way you can prevent unexpected injuries. Hire a Garage Door Company to perform a test and inspection to make sure your operation runs smoothly.
You can perform your own at-home inspection before you call. Observe your garage door as it opens and closes. Is it really noisy? Is there any jerking or unnatural movement during the process? This could indicate the need for a repair.
There are many useful resources online from your garage door manufacturer if you’re interested in performing a simple inspection. In addition, you can follow our tips for a visual inspection, lubrication, and door balance assessment.
As a responsible homeowner, set aside time each month to do a few safety tests. Review your owner’s manual for the door opener. If you no longer have the manual, you can use the serial number on the back of the power unit to look it up online.
Verify that your opener has a reverse feature and that it works. Federal law requires garage doors to have this feature. If you don’t, you need to have the door replaced. Test the balance of the door (directions above) and proceed to the below steps if the door is balanced:
Test the force setting of a garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If it doesn’t reverse readily, the force may be too much and needs an adjustment. Your owner’s manual should have instruction to make the adjustment.