If you rely on an automatic garage door every day when leaving or coming home, it's easy to forget that it is a mechanical appliance that can break down over time. There are things that you can do to keep an eye on the door and make sure that it is in good shape. Consider doing these three things every few months.
Give The Door A Visual Inspection
One thing that is easy to do is simply give the door a visual inspection to look for signs that it is damaged. Start by looking at the hinges that hold the garage door panels together. Are the highest secured flush to the door, or are the screws loose and causing the hinges to be at an odd angle? Loose hinges can cause problems with too much weight being put on one side of the door, eventually leading to damage.
You'll also need to look at the rollers on the track, which are easier to see while the door is closed. Are the rollers properly attached to the door? Does it look like the rollers are breaking down and need replacement? These are all things that could be addressed early on and prevent the door from being out of commission.
Check The Door's Balance
Many people wrongfully assume that the garage door is being held in position by the garage door opener. If you detach the door from the opener, a properly balanced door should actually stay in any given position and not slam down to the ground. That's why it will help to give the door a test by doing just that, since a door that slams down will be putting extra pressure on the garage door opener. You will need to contact a professional to have the door balanced and extend the life of the garage door opener.
Inspect The Door's Safety Mechanism
Every modern garage door is going to have two safety mechanisms that need to be checked. One of them is the electronic eye that will cause the door to go into reverse if anything crosses the path of the door while it's closing. The other mechanism can sense any pressure on the door from an object being underneath it while closing. You can test this by putting a chair under the door while it's closing to see if the garage door will go into reverse when it comes in contact with it.
If you are having trouble with your garage door, reach out to a repair service near you.