Garage Door Safety Tips
Here are some helpful safety tips.
This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every safety precaution.
Always consult your manufacturer’s installation or instruction manual for safety information about your model.
1. REPLACE OLD SPRINGS
Your garage door’s springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out.
When they break, injury can result. If you have an older garage door, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed.
If your door has two springs, replace both, even if one is not broken.
This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently.
2. CHECK YOUR CABLES
3. SQUEAKY SPRING
Springs can squeak and be noisy.
This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem.
Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage doors).
If the noise persists, call a professional garage door installer for service.
4. DO-IT-YOURSELFER, EH?
5. SAFETY CABLES
If your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end.
When your garage door is down, extension springs are under high tension.
If the spring breaks, it may cause injury.
A safety cable can keep that broken spring contained.
If you have extension springs but do not have a safety cable, call your local dealer for a safety inspection.
6. STRUGGLING DOOR?
7. WATCH YOUR FINGERS!
Every year, many unsuspecting homeowners injure their fingers by placing them between the door sections to pull down on the door.
According to DASMA Standard 116, if your door lacks pinch-resistant joints, you should have lift handles or suitable gripping points on the inside and outside of the door.
Even if your door has an opener, the door must occasionally be operated manually.
Never place your fingers between the door sections.
If you manually open or close the door, use the handles or the safe gripping points!
8. TAMPER RESISTANT BRACKETS
9. USE OLD TRACKS?
10. REGULAR MAINTENANCE SERVICE
11. MAN THE MANUAL
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GARAGE DOOR PROBLEMS
✓ Broken Springs
✓ Broken Drums
✓ Broken Cables
✓ Broken Rollers
✓ Rusted Bottom Brackets
✓ Damaged Section
✓ Broken Torsion Tube
✓ Crooked Door
✓ Need Strut
GARAGE DOOR OPENER PROBLEMS
✓ Chain came off
✓ Opener not working
✓ Remote not working
✓ Keypad not working
✓ Opener wont open or close
✓ Safety eyes problem
✓ Broken sprocket Stripped gear
broken or loose cables
It is through the cables that we find the high-pressure work of the spring getting transferred to lift the door.
Cables bear the weight of the door when the door gets closed.
The cable can break or come off of its spool.
broken garage door springs
The most common issue that you will face with your garage is broken spring and this can lead the door to stop working.
The torsion springs actually are the main component in the garage door opener and the hardest working part of the whole Garage door system.
The opener does only a fraction of the actual lifting that is necessary to move your garage door.
Therefore, if the torsion spring stretches and breaks, the garage door opener will not be able to function and open the door.
garage door rollers need to be reset or replaced
The garage door rollers are responsible for the smooth operation of the doors.
These rollers are held in position with the help of brackets that are fixed to your garage and to the track.
Those garage doors over a decade old have faced several environmental factors and build up from dust, lubricants, and oil. All these factors can start to take their toll and wear out those rollers.
The quality of the rollers gets hampered and they can slip off the track from time to time.
safety sensor malfunction or miss-alignment
Another common issue with a garage door is that it stops and then reverses if you want to close it.
It also makes some clicking noise, accompanied by the opener light flashing.
This clearly means that the safety sensors are out of alignment and the garage door will not close.
As one side of the track acts as the receiving eye sensor and the other side sends the signal, if any one of these sensors are knocked out of alignment, the receiving end will not get the signal.
This triggers the door to turn around.