Getting a new garage door installed is exciting, but the quality of the door — commercial or residential — is only as good as the quality of the installation.
It’s a good idea to check your garage door installation while the crew is still on site.
One of the most important tests is making sure the automatic sensor is working correctly, otherwise a foot, child or animal might get hurt. Identify the sensor and place an item roughly the size of a shoebox in its path to check how quickly, smoothly and efficiently the garage door stops when it senses an object.
Before the installation team leaves, you should be given a rundown of how the door works and options for manual usage when necessary (such as in a power outage). This is the time to ask questions and get your paperwork in order for filing. If the same company also will be in charge of bi-annual garage door maintenance checks, you may want to schedule that now.
Keeping Your Doors Safe
Monthly visual inspections are important. Identify the springs, pulleys, mounting hardware, cables and rollers. These items should be spot-checked every 30 days for wear or fraying. Hardware should be secure with no wiggling, and you shouldn’t hear any strange sounds when operating the doors.
Any garage door manufactured after 1993 is required to have a reversing mechanism as well as an edge sensor or photo eye. When checking the balance with manual operations, disconnect the automatic opener and lift/close the doors by hand. You should enjoy a smooth lift with minimal resistance, and the door should stay open. If it’s a struggle or the door closes on its own, it’s likely out of balance and needs servicing.
Garage doors with photo eyes should be tested as you push the control to close the doors. As the doors are closing, wave a long object such as a 2-by-4 in front of the eye to make sure it stops swiftly. This is similar to the shoebox test, and should cause the garage doors to reverse after stopping. If there’s trouble, the eye might simply need to be cleaned or re-aligned.
Garage Door Safety
Such tests can and should be administered monthly, but they’re no substitute for bi-annual inspections done by garage door professionals. Many garage doors also benefit from semi-annual lubrication to the rollers, tracks and hinges — all “high-traffic areas” that need some extra TLC.
The installation team can recommend a product, or you can ask the maintenance provider to lubricate the doors for you.
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