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Garage Door Safety Tips

When was the last time you had a garage door service on the Gold Coast?

It’s easy to overlook servicing garage doors. A garage door—especially an automated one—is a convenience of modern life. Even if it’s a door that needs to be opened manually, it flies in the face of convenience to bring out the spanners and screwdrivers.

Convenience aside, garage doors can present many possible dangers to you and your family, and even your pets.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Recently, an inquest in England heard about witnesses trying unsuccessfully to save 40-year-old social worker, Heidi Chalkley. Ms Chalkley was crushed to death by the metal rollers of an automatic door at the entrance of the garage under a block of flats.

Thankfully, incidents such as this are very rare. But we can see from this tragic incident that electronic motors are understandably powerful when they are expected to provide property security and durability.

Garage doors should be regarded in the same light as any other heavy-duty machinery or appliance. Proper operation and regular maintenance is recommended.

Don’t wait for an incident to occur or until you can’t open your garage. Ordering a garage door service on the Gold Coast should be scheduled at least twice a year.

5 GARAGE DOOR SAFETY TIPS

  1. Stand Clear

    • When the door is opening or closing, keep yourself and other people clear until the operation is completed.
    • Allow space for the door to operate. A tilt-door will swing outwards at the base. Park too close and your vehicle could be damaged.
    • Whether leaving or entering a garage, don’t be tempted to drive on through trying to beat the door closing. Doors can move faster than you might imagine.

     

  2. Child Care

    • Be mindful about where you leave your garage door remote. Mount the controls high enough on the wall to keep them away from tiny fingers.
    • Warn others, especially children, to keep away from moving mechanical parts and to wait until they’ve stopped moving.

     

  3. Be Watchful
    • Keep an eye on your surroundings when the door is moving.
    • Make sure people or pets do not try to enter or leave the garage when the door is in operation.

     

  4. Accidental Damage

    • If your garage door has had an impact, it’s essential to get it checked, even when no visible signs of damage are evident.

     

  5. Schedule a Garage Door Service on the Gold Coast

    • Avoid attempting any repairs yourself unless you are a trained technician. Tensioned cables and springs, as well as electrical components, can inflict serious injury and even death.
    • Have your garage door inspected and maintained by a professional technician at least twice annually.

Contact us today

For your garage door service on the Gold Coast, phone Gold Coast Door Centre on 07 5535 5100. We have a solid reputation and more than 20 years’ experience in garage door installations, repairs and maintenance. In the meantime, explore our website: www.goldcoastdoorcentre.com.au

You might also like to read our previous post about maintenance you can do yourself:

How To Maintain Your Garage Door

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Troubleshooting Garage Door Problems

If you are aware of how your garage door should be normally operating, you will know the potential signs of any problems that will affect the opening and closing procedures.

Here we will look at the most common issues that affect the smooth running of your garage doors and what you should do if you need a garage door repair on the Gold Coast.

Transmitter Batteries

One of the most common issues when it comes to the smooth operation of automatic doors are transmitter batteries.

Like any electrical device that relies on battery power, the batteries will eventually drain.

An early warning sign can reduce operating distance, if you notice this happening then it is advisable to keep a spare set of batteries in your car and/or home.

Further Transmitter Problems

You’ve changed the batteries but are still having issues, if this is the case start by checking the receiver antenna in the garage, if it has become blocked or obstructed this could interfere with the signal from the remote control.

Remote control fobs and their receivers work on a particular frequency, on rare occasions this frequency could be interfered with by other electrical equipment or even by your neighbours if they too are using automatic garage doors.

Consult your handbook or installer for information on changing the frequency.  

Photo-Eye Safety Feature

If your garage door system has been fitted with the “Photo Eye” (PE) beam there are a few things that can affect it.

Ensure that your regular maintenance includes the cleaning of the PE beam lens, use a soft dry cloth to avoid scratching the eye.

Keep the area free and clear of obstructions, if the PE beam is interrupted the garage door will fail to close, many call outs for garage door repair on the Gold Coast are easily rectified by the removal of items blocking the PE beam.

Limiter Settings
Most commonly seen on either brand-new installations or very old automatic doors is an issue with the range limiter.

This will affect the end position of the door when it opens or closes. If your door reaches its final position and moves back a few inches your range limiter will need to be adjusted.

Track Misalignment

If you notice your garage door is no longer opening and closing smoothly and seems to stick in places, wait until the door movement has finished then visually inspect the track for any blockages. If the tracks are free and clear they may be suffering from bends or twists. Get this checked immediately to avoid the extra pressure placed on the springs and cables resulting in a failure of the door.

What to do next

Most issues with the operation of garage doors can be easily rectified.

For fast and efficient garage door repair on the Gold Coast, contact us for more information.

you need a garage door repair on the Gold Coast we are only a phone call away.

Call us on 07 5535 5100

You may also find our previous post of interest to you:

How To Maintain Your Garage Door

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How To Maintain Your Garage Door

 

Like all mechanical devices with moving parts, garage doors require periodical maintenance and servicing to ensure they continue to operate as you need.

More importantly, they continue to be safe for use, avoiding damage to property and reducing the risk of injury to the homeowner.

There are several things a homeowner can look out for to ensure their garage doors on the Gold Coast are operating at their optimum performance.

1. Listen for any changes whenever you open and close the garage door.

If something sounds wrong, it normally is. If you hear an abnormal noise such as metal grinding against metal, it could be a sign that the mechanisms require lubrication or replacing.

2. Look to see if the garage door is balanced and level during operation

If your garage door isn’t opening equally on both sides, this could be a sign of worn cables, this could result in extra and uneven pressure being added to one side or another, leading to operating failure of the door.

3. Visually check the condition of the rollers

whether your rollers or vinyl or metal they need to be inspected at least twice a year and replaced every few years.

4. Inspect the rubber weather sealing strips for wear and cracks

Rubber weather strips are prone to hardening and cracking, on occasions these could split completely and come loose from the door and interfere with the opening and closing of the door.

5. Keep a can of spray lubricant for the springs and mechanisms

Keeping the moving parts well lubricated will reduce metal on metal grinding, which could lead to premature wearing and failure of essential components.

6. Check the condition of the cables for fraying

If a cable frays it will loses structural strength and integrity and will susceptible to snapping.

7. Clear the tracks of debris

Simply clean out any leaves, dirt and grime from the tracks to ensure the smooth operation of the door opening and closing.

Garage doors on the Gold Coast can be opened and closed thousands of times per year in all varying weather conditions.

By carrying out simple maintenance, you as the homeowner can extend the life of your garage doors and help avoid potentially expensive repairs in the future.

To keep your garage door in optimum running condition, it is recommended that the doors and mechanical fittings are serviced once a year, or earlier if you notice any faults during your regular monthly inspections or daily use.

To ensure you are not throwing your money away and for peace of mind, all garage door repairs should be carried out by a qualified service professional.

For more information or assistance in servicing and maintaining your garage doors on the Gold Coast visit our website.

You may find our previous post of interest to you:

12 Benefits of an Automatic Garage Door

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Where Do I Get My Garage Doors Fixed on the Gold Coast?

At Gold Coast Door Centre, we know how much of a problem it is when your garage door stops working properly.

This may be an unexpected sound when in use, or an uneven opening or closing motion.

Of course, the worst-case scenario is when your door will not open or close at all.

Whatever the extent of the problem, we offer fast, efficient and friendly garage door repairs all year round.

With more than 25 years’ experience fitting and maintaining garage doors on the Gold Coast, we are here to help with all garage door issues.

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Installing an Automated Roller Door

At Gold Coast Door Centre, we know that having an automated roller door installed is an important decision for a family to make.

Garage doors make a big impression on visitors and passers-by alike, and the workings and layout of the door itself have to be accommodated and carefully thought out.

For a lot of people choosing roller doors, sectional designs are the way to go. They combine a smart design with smooth operation and top security.

For installation of sectional garage doors on the Gold Coast, we’re the experts.

Top Quality

We are accredited dealers of B&D Panelift® sectional steel doors.

We believe these are the best quality sectional doors on the market and as dealers and fitters we comply with all the manufacturer’s standards when it comes to installation and maintenance of B&D products.

The Gold Coast can sometimes experience weather conditions that test the mettle of any outdoor structure.

If you live in an area vulnerable to cyclones, you can be sure that all our products and workmanship are of the highest quality.

Any doors we fit will be right for their owner, whatever area you live in or whatever kind of budget you have.

Every section panel in Panelift® roller doors is made of high quality steel.

The panels are precision engineered and reinforced to withstand continual use as well as the weather.

They are finished in Colorbond®, offering a huge range of colours to match any frame or building décor.

Expert Fitters

We at Gold Coast Door Centre are experts when it comes to installing and maintaining sectional garage doors on the Gold Coast.

We are well established in the area, offering exceptional service for more than a quarter of a century.

We are a family-run and owned business with a proven track record valued by B&D Garage Doors, Queensland’s premier manufacturer of automated roller and sectional doors.

We feel our partnership is right for the Gold Coast and our customers’ needs.

As well as our residential services, fit and maintain automated commercial doors for businesses. Our work and the products we fit are guaranteed for five years.

Automatic Choice

Gold Coast Door Centre has a reputation built on our customer service. We support our installations with after-care by friendly staff.

Our fitters are qualified to the highest standards and all our team is committed to helping you install and maintain the right door for your home.

If you’d like to know more about your options for sectional garage doors on the Gold Coast, just get in touch.

Visit our website or you can call us on (07) 5535 5100. We carry out free measurements and quotes in all suburbs, and look forward to hearing from you.

You may find our previous post “Make Sure Your Roller Door is Fixed before Storms Hit the Gold Coast” of interest to you:

Make sure your roller door is fixed before storms hit the Gold Coast

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Make sure your roller door is fixed before storms hit the Gold Coast

Here at Gold Coast Door Centre, we appreciate how important your garage roller door is, especially when it stops working.

People tend to take their roller doors for granted, until something goes wrong.

Roller doors are so useful they become part of everyday life, making it easy to forget they are actually quite complex pieces of machinery.

Our team has the experience and expertise to get your roller door back to doing what it does best, quickly.

For fast and efficient garage door repair in Miami, Qld, look no further than Gold Coast Door Centre.

Don’t Panic

It always comes as a shock when a roller door doesn’t roll. The fact is, anything with moving parts that is being used over and over again will suffer from wear and tear.

Rest assured your door can and will be fixed and you can get back to normal as soon as possible.

The chances are that the problem will be something quick and easy to fix. Our skilled and experienced engineers will rapidly identify the cause of your jam and get to work.

If you hire our technicians for regular maintenance they can often determine if there is an issue that will need to be fixed to ensure your roller door keeps operating.

We are a B&D Accredited Dealer so for garage door repair in Miami, Qld, you can rely on the quality of all work we carry out on your roller door and its associated parts and equipment.

You may notice that when we’ve finished your door works better than it did before.

Roller doors should operate smoothly and quietly every time and we will make sure this is the case before we leave your property.

Keep on Rolling

If you need to call us out to repair your door, we will service all its working parts to ensure you have no more problems for the foreseeable future.

We will also take you through the steps you can take yourself to help keep your roller door in good working order.

Because the operations of these doors are quite often taken for granted, people don’t always realise there are a few basics that you can all keep on top of to help things to continue to run smoothly.

We recommend you have your roller door serviced every 12 months.

This will keep springs, their tensioners and openers working to specification every time.

In the meantime, we can advise you on which parts might need some occasional lubrication to help prevent future seizing.

Your garage houses your vehicle, and like your car, your roller door has working parts that need regular servicing so contact Gold Coast Door Centre to talk to our experienced team about how often you need to service your garage door.

Our Door is Open

As we are one of the Gold Coast’s most experienced dealers and engineers, we are able to offer excellent value for money. For the best garage door repair in Miami, Qld, contact us.

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