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Posted by: admin on June 1, 2013
As we pointed out in a previous article, your garage door system from Atlas Overhead Doors is very sophisticated. And the best way to ensure long-term safety and usage is to have it regularly inspected by a trained, qualified service technician.
With that being said, there are a few basic tests that you can conduct yourself – provided, of course, that you’re comfortable doing so. These tests will help you identify any areas of concern which, if addressed proactively, can not only keep you and your family safe, but help avoid costly repair bills down the road. As with any problem, prevention is always the best approach!


Before We Begin…

Before we look at these basic tests, there are two things to keep in mind:

1. It’s wise to tell everyone in your household that you’ll be performing these tests, and that they shouldn’t open or close the garage door until you give the “all clear.”

2. It’s recommended that you perform these tests in the order that they’re listed below.

Test #1: Visual Inspection (perform once a month)

  • Enter your garage and close the garage door.
  • Look for any signs of wear or damage on garage door springs, rollers, cables (e.g. fraying), mounting hardware (e.g. loose hinges).
  • As the garage door closes, listen for any sounds of stress or strain on the system. While garage door operation isn’t meant to be silent, any unusual creaks or squeaks should be noted, as this may indicate a problem.

If you detect any problems, contact us so that we can send someone to your home to perform a professional, thorough inspection and diagnostic.

 
Test #2: Balance Assessment (perform once a month)

  • Enter your garage and close the garage door.
  • Disconnect your automatic opener.
  • Manually lift the garage door and ensure that it’s smooth and easy (note that you can expect to encounter some minor resistance, which is there to keep the garage door from opening on its own!).
  • The garage door should remain open at precisely where you choose to stop lifting; it shouldn’t close or open on its own.
If you detect any problems, contact us so that we can send someone to your home to perform a professional, thorough inspection and diagnostic.

 
Test #3: Reversing Mechanism Test (perform once a month)

  • Fully open your garage door.
  • Put a piece of wood (e.g. a 2 x 4) directly on the spot where the garage door would touch the ground when closed.
  • Automatically close your garage door.
  • When the garage door touches the piece of wood, it should pause and then automatically reverse.
If you detect any problems, contact us so that we can send someone to your home to perform a professional, thorough inspection and diagnostic.

 
Test #4: Sensor Test (perform once a month)

  • Open your garage door.
  • Automatically close your garage door.
  • Before your garage door fully closes, wave a broomstick or some other object in front of your sensor (i.e. the “red beam” that is located a few inches off the ground).
  • Your garage door should pause, and then automatically reverse.
  • If this doesn’t happen, you can try to clean the sensor with a soft, dry cloth. You can also check to see if the sensor is in alignment. After making these adjustments (if necessary), repeat the test again.
If you detect any problems, contact us so that we can send someone to your home to perform a professional, thorough inspection and diagnostic.

 
Test #5: Force Sitting Test (perform once a month)

  • Open your garage door.
  • Automatically close your garage door.
  • While your garage door is closing, place your hands on the bottom as if you were gently cradling it downwards.
  • Stiffen your arms and hands, as if you were trying to prevent the garage door from closing.
  • Your garage door should pause, and then automatically reverse.
  • If this doesn’t happen, then immediately remove your hands.
If you detect any problems, contact us so that we can send someone to your home to perform a professional, thorough inspection and diagnostic.
Lubrication
In addition to the above tests, we also recommend that you lubricate your garage door every six months. Pay attention to hinges, rollers and tracks. Be careful not to over-lubricate – a little goes a long way!
Keeping You Safe & Protecting Your Investment
At Atlas Overhead Doors, nothing is more important to us than keeping you and your family safe. If you follow the above-noted test schedule, and combine it with regular maintenance from our team of trained technicians, you’ll not only stay safe – but you’ll protect your garage door investment, so that it lasts for decade after decade.
Check Out this Helpful Video
Below, you’ll find a helpful video that outlines your garage door’s operation, and walks you through some of simple tests and maintenance tasks.

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