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Keep your garage door up and running properly. First you need to determine what type of garage door opener system you have: Chain, Belt or Screw. Chain openers use a metal chain to raise and lower the door. Belt openers use a steel reinforced belt and are typically very quiet and screw openers use a threaded steel rod (usually tilt-up doors).
Do a visual inspection of the key parts and check for any bent or loose parts. Tighten down any loose bolts or screws. Also replace old batteries in the remote and opener.
If your garage door opener was manufactured after 1993, you will have auto-reverse and a photo electric eye functionality. Test these features every couple of months.
To test the electric eye, open the garage door fully. Then close the door and wave an object, like a broom, in front of the eye beam. If the door doesn't reverse and return to the open position, try wiping the eye with a dry soft cloth and check that the eyes are aligned. To test the auto reversal feature, open the door all the way and place a piece of wood on the floor. Now push the button. If it doesn't automatically reverse when it hits the wood, your door might be out of balance. Contact a trained technician.
If your door opener don't have these safety features, you might want to invest in a garage door opener that does. Safety is important when moving the largest door in your home.
Finally, you should test opening the door manually in case of a power outage. Check your manufacturer's instructions for more information. If you need to repair your garage door opener, check your owner's manual or look into getting a new one from your local Lowe's. Lowe's provides professional installation for garage door openers.