Raleigh Garage Door Repair: Safety Tips!
Welcome back! Today, our Raleigh garage door repair specialists are here to offer a few more National Garage Door Safety Month tips to ensure that your garage doors are working properly and safely. LiftMaster, a credited garage door opener company that Hanson Overhead of Raleigh uses, has some great, easy to use tips below:
Since 1993, all automatic openers manufactured for the U.S. must include a safety reversing feature such as infrared sensors or “photo eyes.” These sensors are installed near the floor on either side of the garage door opening. Once the invisible laser beam between the two sensors is broken by an obstruction, the door reverses automatically. If your opener lacks a similar safety reversing feature, it’s time to get a new opener.
The photo eyes mentioned above should not be installed higher than six inches above the garage floor. If the eyes are installed higher, a person or pet could get under the beam and not be detected by the photo eyes.
Test your door’s sensitivity this month by placing a two- inch thick piece of wood or a roll of paper towels in the path of the door before closing it. If the garage door does not automatically reverse and retract back to the open position, then the opener needs to be adjusted. If your door opener doesn’t have photo eyes it might be time to purchase a newer model that comes with that feature.
Be prepared as summer heat and storms turns to summer outages. Once power is lost to the home, an automatic garage door opener will also be impacted. Ensure your opener is equipped with a Battery Backup system which continues to operate garage door openers for an additional 20 up and down cycles. This way, even during unforeseen outages, homeowners have peace-of-mind that their main entranceway to the home reliably opens and closes.
If you feel like your garage doors need extra attention this summer, feel free to contact our Raleigh garage door repair specialists at Hanson Overhead of Raleigh! We are available, 24/7 for repairs, installs, and all other garage door needs!