Don't ignore your garage door

Published On: Oct 22 2012 06:21:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 16 2012 09:49:44 AM EST

Having a functioning garage door is an everyday necessity, especially if your car is locked inside with no escape route.

Your garage door is the largest moving object and potentially the most dangerous one in your home, yet it’s the one that often goes without needed maintenance.

“Garage doors are the most forgotten item on your house until they don’t open and you’re late for work. A lot of times consumers forget to take regular care of their garage door which could leave them in a pinch and it also can be dangerous," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Garage doors can weigh hundreds of pounds and are used almost daily in most homes; meaning parts eventually wear out and need replaced.  A routine inspection, however, can help keep your garage door functioning smoothly – and most importantly, safely.

Your garaged door is the largest moving object in your home and used almost daily – meaning parts eventually wear out and need replaced. Some common problems include a door that won’t open or close, and doors that make squeaky or scraping sounds.

Angie’s List asked highly rated garage door repair companies about inspections and taking care of your door.

A power outage is out of your control, but an expert explains what you can do to make sure you don't get trapped.

“If your power ever goes out and your door is down the best way to open it is to just pull this red string. A lot of openers have a detached where you pull down and back and that disengages it, so the inner slide doesn’t pick up. Then you can come over and grab your door and just lift it up and then when your power is back on just re-hook this just pull this back towards the door and it will engage and click in. Then the next time your power picks back up just run the opener and the inner slide will pick up the traveler,” explained Jeff Mowery, a garage door contractor.