The average 2 car garage door weighs between 155 and 255 pounds making it the largest moving object in your home. To make it possible for our electronic garage door opener as as well as us mere mortals to lift these cumbersome objects, its parts are placed under high tension.
Give the Door a Quick Look
Noncontact Reversal Test
Contact Reversal Test
This test determines if the garage door opener has been properly set to reverse on contact with an object. Ideally, having the proper setting will prevent all that weight from coming down on someone with enough force to cause an injury. This is especially important for children.
Disclaimer, this test can and has damaged garage doors. If you’re concerned that a contact reversal test may cause damage to the garage door or its components, don’t do it.
Begin this test with the door fully open. Place a 2×4 piece of wood flat on the floor in the path of the door, under its center. Standing inside the garage away from the path of the door, use the wall push button to close the door. When the door contacts the wood, the door should automatically reverse direction and return to the fully-open position.
If your garage door fails any of the tests in this article or you feel there may be a problem with the way it is operating, a trained garage door systems technician should be contacted to provide any repairs or adjustments. To find a technician, visit the International Door Association website.