Since they carry 150 to 250 pound loads more than a thousand times a year, garage doors are arguably any property’s most industrious workers. An article on TribLIVE.com strongly advises that garage doors should be inspected every now and then, so any problems may be promptly acted on before they get worse. This is just some of the advice suggested by the author:
Make sure springs aren’t rusty, broken or on the verge of breaking. (Be cautious around the springs, as they are under extreme tension. Unless you really know what you’re doing, leave repair, replacement or adjusting of springs to a pro.) Look for loose fasteners, worn tracks and hinges, frayed cables or crooked roller wheels. Some rollers need to be replaced after three or four years. Springs typically last for five to 10 years.
Local commercial establishment owners and managers should consult a commercial garage door contractor in Buffalo, like Crawford Door of WNY, for any concerns they have instead of simply relying on the property handyman. In many cases, garage door problems are more complex than they seem, and might actually require extensive repairs.
In particular, the automatic reversal system, which has been required in all residential and commercial garages in the United States since 1991, needs regular attention. It is a safety feature that stops a garage door from closing if it detects an obstruction. If it starts emitting loud noises, it could mean the tracks simply need lubricating, but it could also be an indication of serious damages.
The movement of garage doors while they open or close should be closely observed. For instance, if a door “shimmies,” or shakes from side to side, its springs could be lodged with debris or have been damaged from excessive wear and tear. On the other hand, if a garage door falls too quickly, its springs could be loose or its cables may be broken.
Electrical problems are even harder to fix on your own. Any repair or replacement is best done by a professional Buffalo garage door repair contractor to ensure safety and accuracy. It is easy to overlook garage doors until they stop functioning well and cause an inconvenience, or worse, security concerns, so don’t hesitate to contact a pro if you notice a problem.
(Source: How to inspect your garage door, TribLive, October 19, 2014)