4 Simple Tests That Determine If You Need a Garage Door Technician
When it comes to calling in the professionals, people tend to procrastinate. When we have a bit of a sore throat, we shrug it off. “Must be the cold weather”, we say. “I’ll just drink some orange juice and it will go away in a couple of days.” Next thing you know, you’ve come down with a nasty sickness and dragging yourself to the doctor is a chore that saps so much of your precious energy. Our computer starts to slow down and we think it’ll probably fix itself or we just get used to the longer loading times. Then, to our horror, one day the entire thing is fried and we lose precious data or have to pay for a new motherboard. We’ve all made a mistake like this – we think we know best, and so we don’t call in the professionals, and we often end up paying for it with our health or through expensive repair bills. It’s time to try a different approach. When it comes to your residential garage doors, call in the technicians to handle repair jobs. But what if you’re not sure if a problem is worthy of their attention? These four simple tests are a quick and easy way to know whether you need garage door maintenance. Don’t put things off any further. If you wait too long, you may be horrified to find that a small problem is now a much larger one. Don’t pay massive garage door repair bills when you can nip the problem in the bud. Here’s how to get the ball rolling!
Before We Get Started, Remember to ALWAYS Put Safety First!
When you read tests and quizzes online about garage doors, you might get inspired to take action. Remember that your safety should ALWAYS come first. If you’re uncertain about performing these quick tasks or if your door is showing some alarming behaviour beyond just slight delays or hiccups, call in the technicians immediately! Your residential garage doors can be dangerous if something is seriously wrong, so don’t take a risk. If you’re ever in doubt, call in the cavalry.
Test #1: Do a “Quick Scan” Over the Essential Pieces of Equipment
First, go ahead and walk through your garage. Don’t bring any tools, safety gear, or gloves – this is a purely “hands off” operation. Instead, take a look at the cables, springs, and rollers. You’re just looking at the pieces that make up your garage doors and seeing whether there are any visible signs of damage. If things are strained or look worn, that’s a red flag that means it’s absolutely time to call a garage door technician. However, if everything looks absolutely pristine and brand new, that means that you’re off to a great start!
Test #2: Draw Up a “Garage Door Timeline” That Covers The Essential Parts
Every garage door piece has its own individual timeline for maintenance and repairs. It’s important that you are aware of this and act accordingly. When was the last time that you got your garage door painted? Have you been using the torsion spring again and again, putting stress on the mechanism? How old is your garage door operator? If you can’t answer any of these questions, then it’s high time for calling a technician in. Your residential garage doors should be repaired and maintained every three years at the very least. But there are certain pieces that may be way out of date. For instance, the garage door opener is often forgotten – as long as it keeps working, then it’s fine – right? Not exactly. Every year, openers and operators are outfitted with new safety and security features. These range from auto-reverse mechanisms to security tools that stop intruders dead in their tracks. If your operator has been a part of your family for years on end, it might be time to upgrade to a new model to keep your home safe.
Test #3: Speaking of Auto-Reverse Mechanisms, Try This Clever Test
Auto-reverse mechanisms are a simple piece of technology that save countless lives across North America every year. If there’s something in the way of the door, the sensors detect it and back up immediately. Without this essential mechanism, children, pets, or even an adult can get caught and trapped beneath the door. Needless to say, this is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure that your door’s sensors are working fine by finding an appropriate sacrifice (such as a paper towel roll or a plank of wood) and putting it beneath the door. If the sensors are in working order, the door will stop and reverse, sparing the paper towel roll from being squished.
Test #4: Check the Balance of Your Door With This Quick Test
Your door is a symmetrical piece of gear, with two torsion springs working to open and close the door each time. If one side of the door sustains damage, the entire door is thrown out of whack and successive wear and tear will damage the door and cause even more problems. Check the balance of the door with this test. Try to manually open the door. Can you open it with one hand with no resistance or struggle? If yes, that’s a great sign! Secondly, does the door stay open three to four feet above the ground? If yes, then you’re good to go. If the answer is ‘no’ to either of those questions, then call in a technician ASAP – the balance of your residential garage doors are skewed and need a fix!
Your residential garage doors need maintenance and repairs every few years, but many homeowners can slip up on making the dates. Don’t worry – the technicians at McKee-Horrigan Inc. can make it right. These four tests are simple to carry out but can save your doors from further repairs and problems. And if any of them reveal problems, give us a call at 1 888 244 4171 to make an appointment for garage door maintenance. We’d be pleased to answer your questions and help you solve your problems!