Garage doors do not slam down without a good reason. But as much as the reasons vary, the repercussions are the same and all dreadful. The property gets damaged and along will the overhead door too. Most importantly, someone will get seriously hurt if standing under the door. For these reasons, what you need to do is prevent such problems rather than deal with them. The point is to avoid accidents but also property damage that might put you out of budget.
Since it’s not common for overhead garage doors to slam down unless there is a serious reason, this is an emergency problem. Whether you know the reasons for this problem or not, you need to call a garage door repair technician urgently.
Which are the common reasons for slamming garage doors
One of your prime suspects are the garage door springs. Although they often break when the door is in the closing position, there is a chance that they will break when the door is open. If this happens, no other part will have the power to keep the door open. As a result, the overhead door will slam down.
There is no doubt that when one of the garage door cables snaps, you will have a similar problem. But not quite identical. If the springs are not broken, the door will still be held open by them. Since it is common for only one cable to break at a time, chances are the door will be sagging to the side. It could still cause serious accidents but won’t slam down.
Another reason why residential garage doors might slam down is problems with the opener’s force. If it is not adjusted correctly, the down force is intense causing the door to move fast and not reverse should it will meet an obstruction.
The best ways to keep garage doors from slamming down
By knowing the reasons for your overhead garage door slamming down, you can take drastic action when you are faced with such problems or even before – in order to prevent them.
- One thing you must always make sure of is the springs are in a condition to play their role. If the coils are stretched and thus have lost their elasticity or are rusty, it’s better to replace them. When it comes to garage door extension springs, make sure there are safety cables and always check the pulleys too. Since springs and cables often break together, check them both. Make sure the cables are wrapped around the drum and are not frayed.
- In order to check the force of the garage door opener, you need to let the door move downwards and try to stop its movement by holding the bottom part when it’s about at your waist height. It should stop and reverse. If not, it’s a sign that the down force must be adjusted. In order to decrease the force, you need to turn the switch or button at the back of the opener unit counterclockwise. Make small increments at a time while checking the force of the door.
Remember that such repairs are not always easy. And it’s better to invest in regular garage door maintenance rather than in car repairs and panel replacement. Surely it’s needless to make an argument in favor of human life. Service your overhead door to prevent it from slamming down because the consequences are never good.