Garage Door Opener 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. DO IT YOURSELF?
Installing a garage door opener is generally easier and safer than installing a garage door.
But improper installation can create a hazardous situation.
DASMA (Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association)recommends that a trained door system technician install your opener.
If you do it yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
2. NOT IN SIGHT?
3. DO YOU HAVE A REINFORCEMENT BRACKET?
Some do-it-yourselfers neglect to install an opener reinforcement bracket to the top section of the door. Failure to do so can damage your door.
Do-ityourselfers must read the installation manual for specific instructions.
4. GET A MORE POWERFUL OPENER ?
5. SENSITIVITY TRAINING
Garage door openers are designed to reverse direction when a descending garage door meets an obstruction.
If your door does not reverse readily after contacting an obstruction, the opener’s sensitivity adjustment may be set improperly.
This can create a dangerous situation.
Read your owner’s manual for how to adjust your opener’s sensitivity.
DASMA recommends that a trained door systems technician perform this work.
6. SAFETY REVERSE
7. THE SIX-INCH RULE
The photo eyes mentioned above should not be installed higher than six inches above the garage floor.
If the eyes are installed higher, a person or pet could get under the beam and not be detected by the photo eyes.
8. THE FIVE-FOOT RULE
9. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR REMOTE CONTROLS ARE?
10. ROLLING CODES
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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.