Similar to any piece of equipment we deal with, garage doors are just as picky and problem ridden as anything else. However, when it comes to challenges with our garage doors, we can simply fix them with a few minutes of repairs.
Know what you are buying
Before you place your hard-earned money down on a garage door, though, first understand what it is you are buying. For most people, investing in a garage door is a major commitment. For others it is just something that came with the house that needs tending to. Either way, find a quality company to deal with. For example, A1 Garage in Gresham offers quality garage door products. Before you buy, ask a professional representative what will best suit you and your needs.
Batteries and other electrical components need to be looked at seriously. You want to have a high-quality battery attached to the door. If the power goes out and you can’t get in or out of your home, then it can cause a huge problem for you. Also, security is also very important. If you need to cut the power to your garage for some reason you don’t want it opening for the wrong people.
You want to make sure that your photo eye sensor and other sensors are in good working order. With these sensors you are creating a barrier between the garage door and the ground. If the sensors aren’t working then the garage door could close on a person, small child or fail to open and cause damage to your vehicle.
The garage door opens and closes by sliding along a track. If the track is not aligned correctly, is bent, warped or otherwise has imperfections or blockages then you could find yourself in a lot of trouble or even danger. In one situation a stop block at the end of the track came loose and when the door was opened, it swung off the edge hitting the person in the head. If they didn’t move when they did, it could have been a very serious situation.
This is why you want to make sure that the track is in good working condition and that the track is tested on a regular basis. If you find something going wrong, don’t let it pass, take the time to investigate. It will cost you a lot less in the beginning.
Springs and Hinges
The springs and hinges need to be looked at and maintained over time. Weather, debris and other contaminants will eventually work their way through them and cause rust, warping and other factors.
Each year when spring comes, it is a good idea to do a full check of your garage door and make sure that everything is in working order. Also, you may want to consider having spare parts lying around in a well-protected area so that if you need to do a simple maintenance job you won’t be without when you need it the most.
These are just a few suggestions that you need to consider. Read the user manual and ask your sale rep about anything that may be different from the supplied list.