At C & D Garage Doors we encourage you to know the ins & outs of garage doors, so they last long and keep you from injury. Here are a few helpful tips:
FOR GARAGE DOORS
  1. Replace worn out garage door springs: your garage door springs may be the most important and most dangerous part of your garage door. When they break or wear out you can be injured. If your garage door is old, you should have the springs inspected by C & D’s highly trained techs. If deemed necessary. We can replace them for you. If your door has two springs you should replace both. If your door has one spring we convert it to a double spring set-up. This will give it better balance and prevent an emergency when one breaks.
  2. Check your cables: make it a habit to visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If these cables are frayed or worn, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained technician.
  3. Squeaky springs: springs can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily mean that you have a problem. Before calling C & D, try a spray lubricant that is recommended specifically for garage doors. If the noise remains, call C & D for service.
  4. Safety cables: if your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end. When your garage door is down, extension springs are under high tension. If the spring breaks, it can cause injury. A safety cable can keep that broken spring contained. If you have extension springs, but do not have a safety cable, call C & D for a safety inspection.
  5. Is your garage door having trouble going up and down smoothly? If yes, the door could pose a safety risk. Doors old and new should operate smoothly. This could mean that you have an out-of-balance spring system. This can cause wear and tear on other important door parts. Spring systems are dangerous and should be repaired only by trained professional from C & D Garage.
  6. Keep your fingers away the door sections! They can pinch and cause serious harm to your hands and body. If you manually open or close the door, use the handles or the safe gripping points.
  7. Tamper resistant brackets: since the bottom brackets on a garage door are connected to the door’s springs, these brackets are under extreme tension. They should be adjusted or loosened only by a C & D technician. Many manufacturers now include tamper resistant hardware that prevents loosening of the brackets by a novice.
  8. Don’t use an old track on a new door. If you purchase a replacement garage door do not use the old track, as it might not fit with the new garage door. The track and sections work together as a system. For maximum performance and long life, you should use the track that is designed for your specific door.
  9. Regular service form C & D: your garage door is probably the largest moving part in your home and is typically used every day. Over time, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. Although you should provide monthly safety checks and maintenance to your garage door system, an annual visit from a C & D technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly for a long time.
  10. Your owner’s manual: keep the garage door and opener manuals hanging near the door for easy reference. Every model of door and opener has specific safety instructions unique to that model.
Your Garage door opener should be tested and maintained. Check your owner’s manual for details!
Reversal test Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If there is not a reversing feature the opener should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to have advanced safety features that comply with the latest Underwriters Laboratories 325 standards. Contact C & D for any additional information you might need.
Test the reversing feature every month
1. First, test the balance of the door. If the door is properly balanced, then proceed.
2. With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2″ thick piece of wood (a 2″ X 4″ laid flat) on the floor in the center of the door.
3. Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the obstruction (Note that the bottom part of “one-piece doors” must be rigid so that the door will not close, but will reverse when it contacts the obstruction.).
4. If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Have a qualified technician adjust, repair, or replace the opener or door.
Force setting test Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force setting may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Additional safety devices Many garage door openers can be equipped with additional safety devices, such as photo eyes or edge sensors, to protect against entrapment. Keep in mind that adding more safety devices will not make an old opener meet the current UL standards. Make sure the additional safety devices are properly installed and adjusted (see owner’s manual).
Garage Door Care & Maintenance
Take time every month to inspect and test your entire garage door system. A safe garage door is a must! Consult owner’s manuals for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener.
Monthly maintenance checklist
  • Garage door opener tests: reversal test, force setting test, additional safety devices
  • Garage door visual inspection: springs, rollers, pulleys, cables and track lubrication, door balance.
  • Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
  • Visual inspection: look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you suspect problems, have a qualified person make repairs.
  • Lubrication: regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Door balance: periodically test the balance of your door. Start with the door closed. If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test.
  • You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a C & D technician
WARNING – Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them.
Garage door springs, cables, brackets and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions should adjust them. The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs yourself. A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks. At C & D Garage Doors we lift away your door troubles!

CARE & MAINTENANCE

Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone’s business. Make garage door and garage door opener safety automatic in your home. Consult owner’s manuals for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener.

Monthly maintenance checklist

  • Garage door opener tests: reversal test, force setting test, additional safety devices
  • Garage door visual inspection: springs, rollers, pulleys, cables and track lubrication, door balance.

Garage door opener maintenance tips

There are routine safety and maintenance steps that you should follow once a month. Review your owner’s manual for the door opener. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, look for the opener model number on the back of the power unit and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Garage door opener reversal test

Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features which comply with the latest U.L. 325 standards. Contact your manufacturer or installer for additional information. Test the reversing feature every month. First, test the balance of the door (see “Testing and Maintaining The Garage Door”). If the door is properly balanced, then proceed. With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2″ thick piece of wood (a 2″x 4″ laid flat) on the floor in the center of the door. Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the wood. (Note that the bottom part of “one piece doors” must be rigid so that the door will not close without reversing.) If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Have a qualified individual adjust, repair or replace the opener or door.

Garage door opener force setting test

Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any adjustment.

Additional safety devices for garage door openers

Many garage door openers can be equipped with additional safety devices. Consider adding a photo eye or edge sensor as an extra measure of safety to protect against entrapment. Keep in mind that adding more safety devices will not make an old opener meet the current U.L. standards.

Make sure the additional safety devices, such as photo eyes or edge sensors, are properly installed and adjusted (see owners’ manual). Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.

Garage door maintenance tips

Perform routine maintenance steps once a month. Review your owner’s manual for the garage door. If you don’t have a manual, look for the model number on the back of the door, or check the lock handle, hinges, or other hardware for the manufacturer’s name and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Visual inspection

Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you suspect problems, have a qualified person make repairs. Lubrication: Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. WARNING – Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them. Garage door springs, cables, brackets and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions should adjust them. The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs yourself. A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks. Door balance Periodically test the balance of your door. Start with the door closed. If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test. You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a qualified service person.

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