Is Your Overhead Garage Door Safe?
by Howard Haas on Mar 31, 2014
Do you trust your overhead garage door? The truth is that some people completely ignore the dangers and some others step away every time they hear the slightest sound! Exaggerations never help, especially in garage door matters! These mechanisms are heavy but the current developments of the garage door opener systems and good installation, frequent maintenance and immediate garag door repair will keep them stable and safe. Well, if you still fear your own garage door, consider if you haven't maintained the sensors lately. And if you turn your back to probable overhead garage door problems, remember that knowing how to keep overhead doors steady and functional will keep you safe.
Check the garage door parts and focus on the opener sensors
Why overhead door systems are considered dangerous? The answer is easy. They open upwards and they can collapse. So, the real question is: do overhead doors really collapse? It is a rare phenomenon these days but most of the times in such cases, the problem is not the result of mechanical issues but of wrong decisions. It's not accidental that Homeland Garage Doors invites people to check sensors often. Safety sensors are installed for a reason, which is to keep you safe. It's not a coincidence that electric garage door openers are made according to the 1993 UL 325 regulations, which state that openers must have reverse and stop mechanisms and timers to prevent accidents.
Do you know that most of the sensors already installed at properties don't work? Is that due to ignorance or negligence? Overhead systems consist of hundreds of parts but basically the door moves on the garage door tracks with the help of the rollers. It goes upwards and downwards thanks to the cable pulley system and the springs and, of course, the automatic operation is due to the electric opener. All these parts must be in good condition and installed properly, be of the right size and well maintained. If the rollers are noisy, it doesn't necessarily mean that your door is not safe or the tracks are damaged. They might as well need lubrication maintenance but it never hurts to check the parts.
Though, the safety of overhead doors is based mainly on the good condition of the sensors. That's why you should test them often. Don't place a big chair under the door but only a roll of tissue paper to check whether the reverse system will work. The point is to check whether the sensors see the little objects or young kids and not a whole truck. Make sure they are aligned and their lights lit steadily. When the opener sensors work and garage door maintenance takes place regularly, you have nothing to fear!
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