One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door. You press a button. It goes up. It goes down. Simple, right?
Not really. Like every other mechanical device you own – your cars, your kitchen and laundry appliances and your heating and cooling systems – your garage door and its operating system needs to be properly adjusted and regularly maintained in order to function correctly.
You can perform some simple safety and maintenance tasks yourself. Other tasks – such as spring repair/replacement, track and roller repair/replacement and door installation – are jobs best left to trained service professionals.
Just as it is common practice to have your home's heating and cooling systems checked annually, it's also a good idea to have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues to work properly and effectively.
Never take a garage door system for granted; always use extreme caution when working on it or near it. Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys. Never let children play with the door or its operating system.
To avoid injury, it's a good idea to let everyone in your household know that you are checking the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed by anyone until you tell them you are finished.
The following tests and related maintenance should be performed in the following order: