Overhead Door Blog

Safety Tips for Garage Doors

Posted by Tom Radenz on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 16:02 PM

Here are some safety tips to ensure proper operation of your garage door and electric operator. These should be checked about every four to six months.

Make sure that the door operates smoothly when it is manually operated. Your operator will have a red release cord when pulled will allow you to manually open and close the door. If the door is properly balanced it will not drop to the floor and it will not shoot up to the open position.

Check the lift cables for any frayed portions or loose hanging pieces of the cables. The cables can be lubricated with a white lithium grease.

If your door has stretch springs you will want to inspect the four cable pulleys for worn out bearings. Inspect the hinges and rollers for any excessive wear. The typical roller will also have ball bearings which also should be checked for wear.

Make sure that your photo reversing eyes are operating correctly. Each photo eye will have a small led light and if they are in correct alignment both of these eyes will have a constant beam. To check the eyes you can start the door to the closed position and wave a broom past one of the eyes and the door should reverse. They should also be mounted 6 '' or less from the garage floor.

Torsion springs are under an extreme amount of tension and should not be adjusted if you are not familar with them.

If you notice any items that might require replacing, please do not hesitate to call us today.

Tags: photo eyes, stretch springs, cables, overhead door safety, pulleys, tension springs