How To Perform An Inspection On Your Garage Door

Garage door systems repair or maintenance can be dangerous! The steps outlined in this article are not meant to fix any problems but to diagnose potential problems. Please call a trained professional from A1Garage.com specializes in garage door repair in Paradise Valley for any necessary repairs! 

It is important to make sure that your garage floor is clear of debris (boxes, cars, lawn-mowers, etc.) around the door itself, allowing you to move freely across the length of the door. We are also assuming that you have an opener attached to your garage door that opens and closes it because if you don’t, the only thing that will suffer as a result of a ‘heavy’ door will be your sore back!

Torsion Spring

Torsion springs can last anywhere from 5-15 years, depending on their quality. Extension springs don’t usually last as long (not to mention most do not have safety cables). So if your garage door hardware is older than ten years, I would recommend having a trained professional come out and do an inspection!

When I talk about the garage door being balanced, what I mean is: how well are your springs counterbalancing the garage door’s weight? If they are old and worn-out, the door will be heavier if the springs were working correctly. The problem with an automatic opener is that it will often still open and close the door, even though the springs are bad, and the door is heavy. This can cause the opener to strain/overwork, and some of the plastic parts will strip or break.

That is why it is essential to check the balance once per year so that when the springs do start to go wrong- you can have a professional come out and replace them. This will increase the life of your garage door opener.

Start with the garage door closed and not moving.  Pull the red-handled emergency release cord, which should be hanging down 1-2 feet from the closed garage door. This cord will disconnect the garage door from the opener so that we can move it by hand. This is the red cord you would use if you had no power or the opener is malfunctioning, and you needed to open the garage door.

Raise and lower the door by hand a few times to see if there is any excess friction (you can usually tell). Listen for any squeaking or squawking sound, which could indicate that your hinges need to be lubricated (also once per year).

Next, with the door down, raise it until the bottom is up to about knee-high. What we are looking for is the second roller from the top to be in the radius of the track. This is the curved part of the records as they transfer from vertical to horizontal. Most of the door’s weight is wanting to come down with gravity, but if the springs are good, they will keep the door’s weight from sliding down to the ground.