Every garage door and opener are large pieces of equipment. Both old and new garage doors can weigh anywhere from 60 to 300+ pounds. That's a whole lot of weight that you need to be very careful with. If your old garage door is not properly maintained and operated, there can be dangerous and possibly deadly consequences. The good news is many improvements have been made in the safety standards of new doors. That's why it's important to know how old your garage door is, and follow necessary precautions to take care of it. One of the main hazards is closing doors crushing objects and people in its path. To prevent tragic accidents, in 1993 the Consumer Products Safety Commission enacted strict laws requiring every new door be equipped with infrared "photo eyes" or safety sensors. These sensors cause the door to reverse if there is anything in its path, and it is especially useful for households with small children and pets. If your door was made before 1883, it may be time for new garage door installation.
You take your car in for an oil change and tune up on a regular basis, and you should also have regular maintenance checks on your garage door. By keeping your garage door well-maintained, you will hopefully be able to use the same door for years to come. One part to really pay attention to is the spring. A garage door spring is designed to hold enough potential torque to slowly and steadily lift the entire weight of the door. You can imagine how much damage this amount of force could do if it were to malfunction and release instantaneously. To prevent problems, you should check on your springs every few months, keeping your eyes peeled for any signs of stress or damage. You should have your door tech come out for a tune up at least once every five years.