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5 Steps to checking your garage door after a storm

Garage One - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Did you know that a thunderstorm could result in you requiring garage door service or repair? It’s true. Lightning strikes and power outages can have an effect on the electrical components, while high winds and precipitation can damage the structural parts of the garage door. And while Windsor receives more thunderstorms per year than any other city in Canada, Toronto, Hamilton, and Vaughan also rank highly. Homeowners in the GTA should always examine their garage doors after strong storms.

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Performing the post-storm inspection

You don’t need any special tools or expertise to assess if your garage door is in need of repair. Just take the following five steps.

  1. Examine all the structural aspects of your garage door to determine if there’s visible damage. Pay attention to the panels on the door and also be sure to look up at the tracks to establish if they’re straight or not. Note any damages.
  2. Disengage the garage door from the opener. The reason for this is to allow you to inspect the operational aspects of the structural components. If there’s a problem, you won’t do further damage as long as the door is detached from the opener. To do so, simply pull the red-handled cord dangling from the opener.   
  3. Manually lift the garage door. It should slide up easily indicating that the track and other parts are in good condition. If you can’t lift it at all, it’s probable that the torsion springs are damaged. In this case, you’ll need to call for service.
  4. Check electrical components while the garage door is still disengaged. Push the button on your keypad or remote and you should see and hear the opener operating (though obviously the door itself will remain closed). If all seems as it should, proceed to your last check.
  5. Re-engage the opener by again pulling the red-handled cord. Push the button one more time to ensure the garage door opens and closes as per usual.

Signs your garage door’s affected by a lightning strike or power surge

Hopefully you’ll find your garage door functioning and in good order. However, if you encounter any of the following, you’ll want to call for service.

  • The functioning of the opener is intermittent
  • The remote and/or keypad are not working
  • LED lights on the safety sensor are not lit
  • The light at the back of your circuit board is flashing

Both lightning strikes and power surges can fry the circuit board of your garage door opener. While there’s no way to guard against lightning, the worst effects caused by power surges can be prevented by investing in a surge protector for about 20 dollars.

Garage door service and repair in Southern Ontario

Garage One serves Toronto, Hamilton, Vaughan and other parts of the GTA by offering garage door service, repair and installation. We’re available 24/7 for emergency situations and guarantee all the work we do. Contact us today for an immediate repair or to get a free quote on an installation.


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