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How to Test your Garage Door and Garage Door Opener for Safety

Avoid accidents, injuries, and undue strain on your garage door and opener by maintaining and regularly testing them both. These quick 1-minute tests will keep them working smoothly and safely.


Test the balance of your garage door:

Step 1. Disconnect your garage door from the opener by pulling on the red release cord.
Step 2. Manually lower the garage door, and then stop it at waist height.
Step 3. Release the door. If the door descends on its own, it requires adjustment. If the door ascends, then its springs are too tight. Tight springs raise the door automatically because they exert too much pressure and torque for gravity to work against.
Whether it automatically rises or falls, the garage door places too much tension on the garage door opener. Either it has to work against the door trying to go back up, or it has to work against gravity trying to pull the door down.
Step 4. The door should stay at waist height. If it doesn’t, a problem is causing extra wear on your garage door opener, and your door and springs need to be adjusted by a professional.


Test your garage door opener:

Step 1. Open your garage door. Place a 2×4 piece of wood flat on the garage floor near the door center.
Step 2. Close the door using the opener. When the door closes on the wood, it should automatically reverse.
Step 3. If it does not reverse, this is a serious safety hazard. The opener settings should be adjusted, or it may be time to replace your opener with a new, safer model.


Note: This test is for openers manufactured after 1992, which is when automatic reversing systems became standard. If you have an opener that dates prior to 1992, or if your opener does not have this function, then your door is not in compliance and needs to be replaced. (Check your opener for the 4 digit date of manufacture if you’re not sure.)

For help with any garage door problems, or to discuss options in new garage door openers, request a service visit or call us: (612) 276-3891 or (651) 967-7373

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South Metro: (952) 960-9411 | East Metro: (651) 967-7373
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Top Rated Garage Door Company in the Twin Cities Metro Area

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No other Garage Door company in the area has been awarded the Super Service Award every single year running. Hundreds of satisfied homeowners and commercial property owners just like you continue to recognize Metro’s exemplary services, via positive reviews, earning Metro the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 16 years.

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What People Are Saying About Metro Garage Doors

Top Rated Garage Door Company in Minneapolis – St. Paul, but don’t take our word for it…
Very happy experiences with Metro Door. We've used them before, to install a new opener and for repairs from backing into the door. Always prompt, professional, friendly, and reasonably priced. This time, we needed to replace a 30-year-old opener on our seldom-used small door. After analyzing our situation, the technician, Randy, provided a much better strategy -- moving the 5-year-old opener to the small door and installing the new opener on the big door (the one we use all the time). This also allowed us to install a really quiet belt-driven opener on the big door. Thanks Randy! Great experience all around.
Kathy Johnson

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I had a new garage door installed. My initial garage door had a weird problem -- it opened by itself! Our technician came out and was just fantastic. He replaced the opener (the maker of the opener, for instance, tried to send me a part that I could replace on a week-old opener). They fully replaced the opener and the wire and it works great. And Randy was exceedingly professional and helped me understand everything. Great service.

Jonathan Maze

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Outstanding service and great pricing! My garage door flipped out and luckily someone referred me to this firm. From the minute they answered my call until the door was fixed, they were simply great. Very prompt, courteous and very trustworthy. The tech was Dana and he was just wonderful answering all my questions and making excellent suggestions. The door has never operated so well and so quiet!. Thanks again for a great job.
Joan Brandes

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