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Garage Door Safety Testing

June 26, 2013

We all have garage doors – and use them on a daily basis. In fact, the garage door is usually our main entry point into our home. An automatic garage door is a mechanized device, so it is critical that it be up-to-date with safety features and current standards. So how do you know if your garage door is using current safety features? Use these three quick-and-easy tests to find out if your door is performing to safety standards.

Garage Door Reversal Test

Photo Eye Sensors are small devices that sit on either side of your garage door, with an invisible laser beam between them. If the beam between the two sensors is “broken” – or blocked – when the garage door is closing, the door will automatically reverse back to its open position, preventing contact with whatever is obstructing the beam. So how can you tell if your photo eye sensors are working correctly? Perform this easy test – while the garage door is closing, roll a ball (a soccer ball, basketball, etc) across the threshold. If the ball triggers the garage door to reverse direction back to open, your sensors are working correctly! If the door continues to close (and does not reverse back to open), contact a garage door professional immediately.

The Dollar-Bill Test

Your Photo Eye Sensors only work if they’re installed at a proper height – they should be no more than 6 inches above the garage’s floor. To test the height, pull out a dollar bill. A dollar bill is 6 inches at its widest – so stand the bill tall, and make sure that the Photo Eye Sensors are not sitting above that height. If the sensors are installed higher than 6 inches above floor level, a person, pet, or child could get under the beam and not be detected (and therefore not trigger the automatic garage door reverse). If you think there may be a problem, contact your local garage door professionals for a safety check.

Sensitivity Test

Every month, you should be checking your garage door’s sensitivity to make sure that the settings allow for automatic reversal when needed. Luckily, this is also a quick and easy test to perform. Simply place a 2-inch thick piece of wood (a scrap works great for this) in the door’s path, and then trigger your automatic garage door opener to close the door. When the door hits the wood, it should automatically reverse itself back into the open position. If this doesn’t happen, your opener needs to be adjusted. Contact a garage door professional to have your settings adjusted so that this important safety feature continues to work correctly.

Performing these three easy tests takes very little time, but they are critical to do on a regular basis. Making sure that your garage door continues to function safely will allow for your peace of mind – garage door safety is a critical aspect of keeping your home safe and secure.


Are Your Garage Door Springs Working Correctly?

May 9, 2013

Check your garage door springsOne of the most common problems that we see is malfunctioning garage door springs. How do you know if your springs are about to be… well… sprung? Follow these steps to find out:

  1. Close your garage door and disconnect your electric opener.You’ll want to test your garage door springs by hand, so make sure that any electric garage door openers are turned off before going through the rest of these steps. You’ll want your garage door operating in manual mode to perform this test!
  2. Lift your garage door by hand until it is about halfway up, and then release it.If the garage door lifted smoothly, and stayed in place when you released it, continue to the next step. If not, this can be a sign that your garage door springs are not properly aligned, or that they are due to be replaced.
  3. Lift the garage door the rest of the way (until it is fully open).If the garage door continued to move smoothly, and stayed in the fully open position, continue to the next step. If it didn’t, that is a sure sign that your garage door springs could be in trouble.
  4. Lower the garage door back to the halfway point and let go.If the garage door was still rolling smoothly, and stays in position when you let go, your garage door springs are working and are adjusted correctly. If this didn’t happen, you will want to get those springs looked at – they could be incorrectly adjusted, or could need to be replaced.

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