It’s about that time, folks! Fall is quickly approaching and here at Barron, we want to make sure you’re as prepared as can be when it comes to having a safe garage door. There are 3 things you can do at home to determine whether or not your garage door needs service.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Take a Look at Your Garage Door Parts
Start with the garage door tracks, rollers, and hinges. Are they broken or rusted? What about the cables? Do they appear to be rusted, worn out, or frayed? When you close the garage door, can you see any light coming through from the seals on the sides or the bottom? If you can say yes to any of these questions, you need to give us a call to get it checked out!
2. Make Sure Your Door is Sealed
You’ll want to take a look at the bottom seal of your garage door and ensure that there is no space between the seal and the ground. During the fall season, small animals and rodents like to get into your garage where it’s warm and cozy and you can prevent this from happening by making sure your garage door is appropriately sealed. If you do find holes in the seal, give us a call and we can replace it immediately.
3. Check for Balance
This is a quick and easy way to determine whether or not you need an adjustment on your door. All you have to do is close your door, disconnect the door from the opener by pulling the red cord, lift the door manually and stop it at about waist height. Your door should stay at waist height. If the door goes up or down, the door is out of alignment and there is unnecessary stress that is being put on your opener. Your door will need an adjustment to prevent further damage.
All of that being said, this is now time for a friendly, public service announcement - it is VERY dangerous for people to attempt to fix their own garage doors if they are not qualified. If your door fails any of these 3 tests, we would be happy to check it out! Feel free to fill out a service request form or give us a call for more information.