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Keeping Your Door Safe to Use

Anyone with automatic openers installed in their garage could vouch for how much easier they make everyday life. They are beneficial for safety and security, and just make the everyday act of opening and closing your doors a little bit easier. But these wonderful contraptions need to be taken care of, especially when it comes to their various safety features, which are designed with the intention of taking care of you. If you have an electric garage at home, then it would be worth your while to keep reading as these things can be pretty dangerous if you don’t look after them.

View of clapboard siding house with attached garage and concrete floor driveway.

* Your opener’s safety sensors

Imagine this, you’re in a rush to get into your house, and attempt to park even though your door is closing. You think you can make it in time, but your car stalls and it comes down on the roof, wrecking the vehicle and your door. Typically you don’t hear about that, and you have the sensors to thank for that! That being said, you can see why you wouldn’t want to skip out on garage door opener safety sensor maintenance. You should be extra cautious in case you have little ones running around.

* The springs

Have you seen those two springs on either side of your door? Those are there to keep it in balance, make it easy to operate, and of course, not come crashing down on the floor. It happens often enough that when one breaks, people tend to let the remaining one do all the hard work by itself. This isn’t wise, besides throwing your balance out, it’s putting just about all your door’s weight in the hands of one struggling piece of metal. Now you don’t need to think very hard to see how that could be disastrous. Having two functional door springs is essential to keeping the lot squarely fixed to where it should be.

* The safety cable

There is a slight backup function in place for if your springs should both fail. The garage door safety cable is there to provide extra support to the weight of your door. Should the springs fail and the cable is not in any shape to catch the door, you’d best hope there is no one standing underneath it. Keeping a close eye on it and having it inspected regularly could save a life.

* The reverse function

This does a similar job as the safety sensors, namely it stops the automatic opener from closing the door on you. Because of this feature, when even the slightest amount of pressure is detected during the door’s operation, it is meant to stop, change direction and remain open. This is handy for those who don’t like it when things close on them. So test it every now and again by applying pressure upward while it is closing.

 

 

 

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