1. Check the positioning of the operating button on the wall of the garage. It should always be in view of the garage door, but never in an adjoining
    room, which can occur when walls are added in a garage. The button should not be under the track of the door and should be no lower than five feet off of the floor or the step you are standing on when activating the door. The garage door opener in the photo below has two safety problems: it is in the adjacent laundry room and installed below the minimum height of five feet.

    A safety sticker is required to be posted next to the button, but we rarely see them. Also, you should never have to hold the button down continuously to operate the door.
  2. If you have the type that has springs that stretch the length of the door on either side, check to make sure that there is a cable running through the center of each spring to contain the pieces if it breaks. Check that the connections at both end of the springs appear secure and examine the springs themselves for any areas of stress, cracks or sections that appear to be stretched.

  3. Examine the door panels for any damage such as tears or crumpled sections. These panels should be replaced. Look at the connections between the walls and ceiling and the door tracks and operator bar. All bolts should be present, tight and have nuts where required. The rollers should have no missing, loose or worn parts. The timed lighting at the operator motor should always work so replace any burned out bulbs.

   Your garage door should open and close smoothly without jumping, shaking or making excessive noise. If any repairs or adjustments are needed call a garage door company. We do not recommend attempting to repair or adjust the door yourself.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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