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Buying a new home is certainly one of the most exciting and one of the most stressful things in life! So can you imagine after all is said and done, you walk out to get your car out of the garage, only to discover the overhead door won’t open? Too late! You should have had that inspected beforehand!

Whether you’re a home buyer, home seller, or a homeowner, inspections are certainly required. After all, the installation of an overhead garage door is one of most expensive enhancements to a home. You don’t want to be caught in any of the above positions and faced with unexpected expenses – or possible court cases!

If you do not already have annual inspection dates scheduled with your overhead door company, or if you are currently looking at a home with an overhead door, now is the time to call Geauga Door. The cost of an inspection versus the cost of a complete door replacement – well, there is obviously no comparison!

You can also do some checking yourself. Here is a list of things to be sure to look over.

1. Check Alignment and Balance

  • Close the garage door. Disconnect from the opener. Open manually with one hand. If lubricated properly it should open easily. If it doesn’t open, re-lubricate and try again. If it still sticks, you may have an alignment problem.
  • Open the door halfway and release it. If it slams down, the culprit is possibly a bad spring. Improper balance could also be the problem.  A properly balanced garage door will stay in place with a bit of shifting perhaps, but it will not rapidly close or open. 

2. Check Door Operator
Garage doors are heavy! They unfortunately have caused a number of serious injuries due to improper maintenance or just careless behavior.

  • Open the door. Place an object such as a piece of wood or paper towel roll under the door and then close it automatically. The door should detect it, stop, and reverse entirely.
  • If your garage door has electric sensors, repeat the above process of opening the door, but then take a stick and pass it under the door at the height of the sensors to check for its reversal. The sensors should detect the stick, stop the door, and reverse it.

If either of the above tests fail, call Geauga Door right away and have the garage door repaired. Waiting will only delay the accident that is sure to take place.

3. Check for Damage

Areas to pay special attention to:

  • damaged wiring and connections
  • damaged weather stripping that could allow air or water in
  • damaged or worn cables 

4. Additional Check Points

  • Power cords or extension cords that aren’t directly wired into the wall
  • Test the emergency release handle occasionally to be sure it will detach from the opener. (Remember to reattach it after checking!)
  • If your overhead door has extension springs, they should have a safety cable running through the middle of it. If not, it is recommended you have them installed.
  • Lubricate springs, sprockets, rollers and bearings and tighten chains, belts, hinges and hardware as needed.
  • Be sure the open/close button is at least five feet from the ground so little hands cannot reach!

 

If you discover problems with your garage door…

unless you know you are qualified, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Take a look at the manufacturer’s information that came with your door. It may give you a little insight about what is wrong. Then call Geauga Door!

Yes – I know it’s only August, but it’s a good time to do a little overhead garage door inspecting while the sun shines bright! When late fall and then winter arrive, you won’t want to be outside doing a door inspection in Northeast Ohio. We all know the havoc winter can wreak on …well, on just about everything! And your garage door will receive no exemptions for Mr. Old Man Winter.

Your overhead door is the largest door in your home. If your garage is attached to the house and heated, unless it is properly sealed, you stand to lose a good deal of warmth AND money!  When those temps begin to plummet, your heating bill will begin to rise no matter what, but if your door is in need of new seals, it could be costing you a significant amount more. By properly sealing your door, you could save hundreds of dollars.

Take a few minutes to perform this quick and easy 3 Point Seal Check. Do it now and you’ll have plenty of time to consider your options for repair or replacement should that be needed.

3 Point Seal Check

1. Close the garage door and stand inside during the day. Turn the lights off and look around the door for places where light shows through – the bottom, sides, and between sections.  There should be no light or very minimal light that shows. Feel for drafts as well.

2. Check the exterior vinyl weather stripping along the outside edges of your door. If you see cracks, if it appears loose or damaged, then it will need replacing.

3. Inspect the rubber weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door. This is where the Northeast Ohio weather may take a big toll. Ice formation, salt accumulations, and debris have collected over time causing the seal to crack, pull away, or even develop holes.

If you notice damage, wear, or anything out of the ordinary, call Geauga Door now. They can take a look and let you know how to proceed. The money you will save in heating costs this winter could easily make up for the cost of any garage door repairs – especially if this winter is anything like that of 2013!