Have you ever been in a position where you went under a closing overhead garage door and it suddenly stopped from closing? If yes, it is your garage door sensors that are responsible for that.
The existence of garage door sensors at every garage doors manufactured at present is largely attributed to the mandate of the government to the garage makers in the 90’s to make garage doors safer for the consumers. With the increasing cases of accidents caused by the opening and closing of these doors, these sensors act as safety devices that detects any obstruction in its way, thus preventing it from closing in and crushing anyone.
Garage Door Sensors
Garage door sensor is a ‘photoelectric eye’ that serves as the look out of your garage door openers. It is usually located not higher than six inches above the ground at each side of your door opening. It emits an infrared signal that activates your garage door opener when it is accessed through your garage door remote control or any buttons wired to it. Whenever something in its path was detected by the sensors, it automatically sends a command that stops your garage door from closing. Since your safety is largely dependent on the mechanism, it is important to know how to properly care for these sensors.
- Like any mechanism, a garage door sensor could accumulate dirt over time that causes it to malfunction. Regularly clean the lens of your sensors using a soft cloth to prevent this from happening.
- Always check the functionality of your sensors by putting any object as high as the ‘eyes’ and attempting to close it. If the door immediately stops closing and return to its original open position, then there is nothing wrong with the mechanism. But if it continues to close, then you should have your sensors checked.
- A garage door sensor has an exterior LED. Overtime, screws that keep it in place may loosen, breaking the alignment. Check this light regularly. A blinking LED light indicates misalignment. You may need to tighten the screws holding it to the bracket if not bending the bracket to bring it back to position.
- Garage door sensors are attached to complicated wiring. Rather than handling this yourself, it is wise to have on-call technician adept on garage door repairs and maintenance to come once in a while to perform check-ups on this mechanisms. While you are at it, maybe you could have them check for other problems in your other garage door components as well. This would prevent you from incurring a bigger cost by needing major repairs in the future.
A1 Garage Door Service for garage door sensor maintenance
If you are still having difficulty deciding where to place your garage door sensors, worry no more and just call A1 Garage Door Service to do it for you.
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There is no need to worry that your sensors are not properly installed or is misaligned when you get their service. No need to compromise you and your family’s safety. Just call 844-214- 2724 and let A1 Garage Door Service handle it for you.