How Often Should a Garage Door Safety Test Be Done?

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Garage doors are a modern convenience that most of us don’t give a second thought. But when you stop to think about it, this useful piece of home technology is potentially dangerous to human life. That’s why it’s a good idea to do a garage door safety test at least once a year. For safety, be sure you never stand under the door when running any of these tests. Here’s how your safety testing should be done:

  1. Test the Obstruction Sensors: The electric photo eyes at the base of your garage door tracks project an invisible beam from one to the other. Open and close the garage door. As it descends, disrupt the beam. The door should stop or reverse back open immediately.
  2. Check Automatic Reversal: Open the garage door and place a small, one or two inch board directly in the door’s closing path without disrupting the beam. Then close the garage door. When the closing door touches the board, it should sense resistance and reverse open immediately. The automatic safety response should work the other direction as well. To test it, open the garage door. As it opens, lean gently into the door or try to stop it from opening. The door should reverse or stop in place.
  3. Assess Door Balance: Garage doors and lift springs need to be balanced to keep the door from crashing down if the lift opener or gears ever fail. To run this test, open the garage door and pull the release cord to disconnect the door from the lift system. By hand, carefully lower the door to waist height. Then, let go, being mindful of your toes and feet. The door should stay put. If it crashes closed or springs open, you should call a service professional for balancing.

We often take for granted the potential danger of a garage door. Maintaining safety features can save your family and pets from serious harm and even death. If any of the above safety features aren’t working right, call Precision Garage Doors for support. Our highly experienced technicians will know what to do: (888) 388-9036.

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