Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete residential or commercial garage door system. Make monthly inspections and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone's business. Make garage door service and garage door opener safety automatic in your home. Click here to view our Safety Tips videos!
Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features that comply with the latest U.L. 325 standards: Contact your manufacturer or installer for additional information. Test the reversing feature every month.
Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.
Test the Balance
Periodically test the balance of your door:
- Start with the door closed.
- If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test.
- You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a qualified service person.
Maintenance & Garage Door Tune-Ups
Garage Headquarters recommends performing a thorough annual maintenance check and service of your garage doors, which should include the following tests and maintenance procedures listed below.
Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them. Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically-experienced person carefully following the manufacturer's instructions should adjust them. Only a professional should adjust the torsion springs above the door. Do not attempt to repair or adjust the torsion springs yourself.
Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
If you would rather not do this yourself, we offer a maintenance program, which includes these checks and maintenance procedures.
Automatic Garage Door Opener
- Perform UL 325 Safety Reverse Test
- Inspect for Proper Operation
- Adjust Up and Down Force Sensitivity
- Tighten Drive Chain/Belt As Needed
- Lubricate Drive Train and All Sprockets
- Check Wiring and Connections
- Set Up and Down Limits As Needed
- Remove Cover and Inspect All Internal Gears and Belts
- Check Transmitters and Push Buttons for Proper Operation and Range
- Inspect, Adjust and Lubricate Springs
- Inspect Tension Spring Mounting Pad for Cracks and Splits
- Inspect Section Condition
- Inspect Door Alignment
- Inspect and Lubricate All Rollers
- Inspect and Tighten Hinges and Hardware
- Lubricate All Bearings
- Inspect Cables for Wear or Damage
- Inspect Locks for Proper Operation
- Inspect Weather Strip for Wear or Damage