Get Your Garage Door Inspection and Tuned-up For Summer!
As spring turns to summer and we toast Dads and Grads etc. let’s not forget that June is also “Garage Door Safety Month” and it’s a good time to get your garage door inspection otherwise Garage doors can be Dangerous!
Seriously, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that every year 30,000 people are injured by faulty garage door systems; and that’s just those injuries that required medical attention while many other injuries surely go unreported.
Your garage door is essentially a movable wall and when combined with an automatic garage door opener, it is the largest and perhaps the most dangerous moving object in your home. Consider that a garage door can weigh over 400 pounds, and can be potentially lethal. That’s not a fair fight, especially when kids are involved.
An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This can and has (all too often) led to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.
So, what can you do? The proper installation, maintenance and testing of these two pieces of equipment are necessary to provide responsible homeowners with safe, trouble-free operation. Take a few minutes to inspect and test your garage door system and make that inspection and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone’s business.
Not comfortable doing it yourself or if you suspect that something isn’t quite right? Contact your Precision Garage Door Service professional ASAP for an inspection and tune-up in Peoria AZ!
Proper Maintenance of garage doors is often overlooked by homeowners
One of the most overlooked items is the garage door. In a recent study, 50% of respondents stated they have never maintained their door. Like every other mechanical device — your garage door needs to be maintained. Just as it’s common to have your furnace checked annually, it’s wise to have your door checked by a qualified technician. The experts remind homeowners to use caution when working on or near garage doors. Ensure that children understand that garage doors and openers are not toys. Homeowners can avoid expensive repairs by performing an annual inspection and tune up of their garage door by following these simple steps:
1. Clean the outside of the door with a detergent, sponge and water. Rinse with a garden hose.
2. Check for broken rollers, frayed cables and rusted bottom brackets and replace as necessary.
3. Use a socket wrench to tighten any loose nuts or bolts on the tracks or hinges. Any bolts or nuts that are red or have warning tags should not be tightened or loosened. Only a garage door technician should adjust them.
4. Check the door’s balance, with door in closed position, disengage the opener by pulling the release cord and raise the door to waist level and then let it go carefully. If it lowers or rises, it is out of balance and needs maintenance.
5. Check your electric opener safety reverse. With the door open, lay a piece of 2 x 4 on the floor in the center of the opening. Push the wall button to close the door. When the door strikes the wood, it should reverse. If the door does not reverse, it should be serviced.
6. With the door in closed position, clean photo eyes with a soft, dry cloth. Gently adjust photo eyes if they are out of alignment. With the door open, push wall button to close door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the photo eyes so it “breaks the beam.” If the door does not reverse, it should be serviced immediately.