Maintenance Inspection

Garage Door Inspection Checklist
A Plus Garage Doors provides local businesses and homes across the Antelope, Santa Clarita, San Fernando Valleys and Kern County, with extraordinary garage door services. We are fully licensed and insured to run our locally owned and operated business.

Having nearly 18 years of experience in the industry, the owner, John Wood, has committed to upholding a high moral standard, family-friendly customer service, and superior execution on all services rendered. Utilizing top grade products, equipment, supplies, and tools, A Plus Garage Doors technicians amplify their expertise and skills to deliver premium performance.

Garage Door Inspections are Great Preventive Maintenance

Garage doors are by far the largest moving component of your home. With the garage door being a popular entry point for many homeowners, and the garage door being a delivery point for many businesses, it is rather important to keep in shape. A Plus Garage Doors serving the Antelope, Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys proudly offers our valued clients a comprehensive garage door inspection. Call Us

Garage Door Inspection Checklist

A Plus Garage Doors garage door inspection includes, but is not limited to the following:

– In Depth Visual Garage Door Inspection. Starting with the garage door closed, A Plus Garage Doors experts meticulously go over the rollers, springs, cables, pulleys, and mounting hardware; the hinges for example, and look for any signs of wear and tear, damage, or loosening. We then open the door and double check the previously named components to ensure flawless functioning.

– Garage Door Balance Test Inspection. A Plus Garage Doors technicians will have the garage door closed and disconnected from the automatic opener. The door is manually opened and checked for smooth and minimal resistance during the activity. The garage door should also remain opening on its own accord during this exercise. If the door does not remain open, or the garage door did not manually open smoothly and had much resistance, the garage door may be out of balanced.

– Garage Door Safety Inspection. Automatic garage doors have been legally obligated to incorporate a door reversal in the event something crosses the safety beam while the garage door is closing. During our inspection, we will conduct a test to ensure this specific safety feature is fully functioning. The photo electric eye is thoroughly inspected and tested for safe operation as well.

– Garage Door Opener. During an A Plus Garage Doors garage door inspection, our professionals will thoroughly check the garage door opener system and run diagnostics to ensure efficiency.

– Garage Door Wear & Tear. If there are any windows engineered in the garage door, A Plus Garage Doors will inspect for any signs of deterioration. Panels are inspected for any signs of warping, and looked for dents and other such abnormalities that can contribute to a malfunctioning garage door.

You can easily perform some garage door system safety and maintenance tasks yourself. If you are not comfortable performing these tests, have them performed by a trained service technician. Call Us

SAFETY NOTE: To avoid injury, it’s a good idea to let everyone in your household know that you are checking the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed by anyone until you tell them you are finished.

The following tests and related maintenance should be performed in the following order:

Monthly visual inspection: Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed. Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. Is the mounting hardware becoming loose? If something doesn’t look quite right – or doesn’t sound quite right – it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by calling A Plus Garage Doors, Call Us.

Monthly door balance test: If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the automatic opener. Once you are able to lift the door manually: Lift the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door may be out of balance and should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Monthly reversing mechanism test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system): Note: garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor as added measures of safety to prevent entrapment. If your system does not have these features, replacement of your automatic operating system is recommended.

With the door fully open, lay a piece of wood such as a section of a 2 x 4 on the floor in the center of the garage door opening where the door would touch the floor. Push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. When the door strikes the wood, the door should automatically reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, the door should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Monthly photo eye test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system): Note: garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor as added measures of safety to prevent entrapment. If your system does not have these features, replacement of your automatic operating system is recommended.

With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the door’s photo eyes so it “breaks the beam.” The door should reverse.

If it does not reverse and reopen, pull the broomstick out of the path of the closing door. Close the door. With the door in the closed position, clean the photo eyes with a soft, dry cloth. Gently adjust the photo eyes by hand if they appear to be out of alignment. Open the door and repeat the photo eye test. If the door does not reverse and reopen, the door should be serviced by a trained service technician from A Plus Garage Doors, Call Us.

Monthly force setting test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system): With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. As the door is closing, hold up the bottom of the door with your hands outstretched and stiff. If the door does not easily reverse and continues to close, pull your hands away immediately. The closing force is excessive and the door should be serviced by a trained service technician from A Plus Garage Doors, Call Us.

Semi-annual lubrication: Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks and easily perform some garage door system safety and maintenance tasks yourself. If you are not comfortable performing these tests, have them performed by a trained service technician from A Plus Garage Doors, Call Us.