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Testing Your Garage Door Safety Sensor

March 23, 2020
Testing Your Garage Door Safety Sensor

Imagine the stress of having your garage door close on your car if it is not pulled into the garage far enough, or having your garage door crush one of your cherished belongings. Even worse, your garage door could close on a small child or even grown adult, especially if the person is in a wheelchair, stroller, baby carriage, or impaired/disabled in some way. Simply put, your garage door safety sensors can save lives, protect your belongings, and make sure you never have to deal with the door destroying your property or hurting anyone. When a garage door closes and the path of the doorway is obstructed, the garage door itself can become damaged. Your home garage door is a mechanical contraption that should never be put through this strain. If the door is closing and something is in the way, your garage door can collapse or suffer from significant damage resulting in costly repairs or a full door replacement. This is completely avoidable with garage door safety sensors because they automatically detect when something is in the way. The door will stop in its tracks, preventing additional or completely eliminating damage to the door, your belongings, and precious loved ones and friends.


How to Test Your Garage Door Safety Sensors

The sensors should be lined up perfectly on either side of the garage door opening so that anything passing in between them is detected instantly. If there are any delays in the sensors or door, then you need to either reprogram the sensors or completely replace them. To test your garage door sensors you should be very careful to not physically obstruct your door with anything. You should be very careful when you test your sensors.


If you have a remote garage door opener, you will be able to control the garage door easier, or you can have someone help you while testing. Alternatively, you can conduct the tests yourself, but may need to walk from the door opening wall-panel (button) to the door. 


Hold a piece of paper, cardboard, or another object in your hand and begin to open or close your garage door. While the door is in motion, hold the object in front of a garage door sensor. The sensor should immediately detect an obstruction and send a signal to your garage door opener, forcing it to stop in its tracks. If there is a delay in its response or the door does not stop moving then you should call our garage door company in Houston to schedule an appointment for garage door sensor repair or replacement. Make sure you test both sensors in this manner to ensure both are working properly. You should also repeat this test with the object in the middle of your door opening, but make sure you are careful to not be in the door's path and always make sure you test the sensors while your door is several feet away from fully closing to avoid injury. 


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