A Few Tips For Keeping Your Automatic Garage Door Safe And Working

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If you have recently had an automatic door installed in your garage, there are a few maintenance and repair chores that you need to do to keep it working properly. A malfunctioning door can be a safety hazard--you would not want the door to fall on someone or something. It can also be an annoyance; you don't want to pull out of the garage and have the door refuse to close behind you. Here are a few tips that can help keep your automatic garage door working the way it should.

Reversal Test

An automatic garage door has an electronic "eye" that senses when something is in its path. When the eye is working correctly, the door should remain open or go back up if it senses an object in its path. To test the eye's function, place a package of paper towels or toilet paper under the door and try to close it. If the door comes down on the package, you need to fix the eye. This can be done by adjusting it so the beam is directed at the area directly under the door. You may need to wipe the eye down with a soft, lint-free cloth to make sure the beam is not disrupted by dust or debris.

Properly Closing

Every time you back out of the driveway and close the garage door, wait a moment and make sure it goes all the way down. If a leaf or a piece of debris fell into the path of the eye, it may cause the door to go back up moments after you drive away. This could leave your garage open for anyone to get into.

Sometimes, when the reversal system is not working quite right, the door will go partially up and down a few times. If you experience this problem, try using the remote to make the garage door go all the way up and then back down again. If it is still not closing completely, check the tracks for the door--something could be stuck in the track that prevents the garage from going down completely.

Any time your automatic garage door is not working the way it should and you cannot determine the cause, call in a professional installation and repair technician to fix it. Until it is working correctly do not use the remote. You can either park in the driveway or open and close the door manually. Get in touch with someone from a company like Access Door & Glass Inc to get your garage door back in working condition. 

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