Garage Door Opener Safety Tests
As with all appliances in your home, you need to regularly test and provide maintenance on both your garage door and opener. Doing so can prevent injuries, accidents and undue strain on your garage door. Completing these short tests regularly will keep your door and opener working smoothly and safely.
Test your garage door balance:
- Disconnect your garage door from the opener by pulling on the red release cord.
- Manually lower the garage door, and stop it waist high.
- Release the door. If it goes down on its own, it needs to be adjusted. If it goes back up, the door is “hot” and the springs are too tight, automatically pulling it back up. Both scenarios put undue tension on the garage door opener, either by making it work against the door wanting to go back up, or against gravity wanting to pull the door to the ground without sufficient spring tension.
- The door should stay at waist height. If it does not, contact RCS – Carolina to get your springs adjusted by a professional.
Test your garage door opener:
- Open your garage door and place a 2×4 piece of wood lying flat on the garage floor near the center where the door will close.
- Close the door using the opener. When the door closes on the wood, it should automatically reverse.*
- If it does not reverse, this is a safety hazard and means the opener’s settings need adjusted or it may be time to replace your opener with a newer, safer model.
*Note: This test is meant for all openers produced after 1992 when automatic reversing systems became standard. If you have an opener that dates prior to 1992, or your opener does not have this function, it is not in compliance and needs to be replaced.
For any garage door or opener problems, questions, or to discuss options in new garage door openers, fill out our online contact form or call us at (704)523-8063.