You got a brand new garage door a few months ago and you’re wondering if there’s anything you should check regularly to ensure that it keeps on working right.
Here’s a list divided into 3 major sections to help you make sure that your door will open and close without any problems, especially when you need it most.
The first thing you need to do is go inside your garage. If you have an electric garage door opener, before you do anything else, pull the red emergency cord.
Step 1: Verification of the garage door system
- Is there any section that’s damaged from being hit by a vehicle?
- Do the joints between the sections close so that they’re weather-tight?
- At first glance, are there any broken springs?
- Do they have a lot of rust on them?
- Is anything bent or twisted?
- Are the screws properly tightened?
- Is the lifting cable properly attached to the hinges at the bottom of the door?
- Are any of them broken or worn?
- Do they roll in the tracks (rather than sliding)?
- Are they frayed?
- Do they wind correctly around the reel located at the top of the vertical track?
Lifting the door:
The purpose of this action is to verify that the entire lifting system works properly. With just one hand:
- Does your door seem sluggish or difficult to lift?
- Does your garage door open in fits and starts?
Step 2: Verification of the garage door opener
Make sure beforehand that the door opener carriage is working.
Mechanical safety reverse system:
Place a piece of wood (2×4) on the threshold of the door. Close the door using your remote.
- When the door hits the piece of wood, does it go back up?
Photoelectric safety reverse system:
2 boxes installed 4” above the ground on the vertical tracks
- When you stick your foot in front of the photoelectric system, does the door go back up?
Wall control panel:
This is located on the wall near the door going into the house
- Does the “open/close” button work properly?
- What about the one to turn the light on and off?
- And what about the one to disable the remote? (Push the button and try to work the garage door opener using your remote)
- Lastly, have you changed the battery in your remote?
- Is the door opener antenna properly extended?
Step 3: Lubrication of the metal parts
- Have you been lubricating all the metal parts of your door opener every 6 months (before and after the winter season)?
You can also print out the verification checklist in PDF Format.