Checking Your Garage Door Opener

Photograph of a chain-drive garage door opener...

Photograph of a chain-drive garage door opener. This residential unit is manufactured by The Chamberlain Group, Inc. under the LiftMaster brand name. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When was the last time you thought about your garage door or its automatic opener? Right, thought so. Like any mechanical system, the door and opener need some periodic, preventative maintenance. If you live in an area of frequent thunderstorms, a tight, well maintained garage door can also help prevent the amazingly messy and expensive results of a storm-ruptured door. The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association International has a good guide to help you inspect and test your complete garage door system. It’s a good idea to make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine.