Garage door openers can malfunction for multiple reasons, and your ability to diagnose the problem can save you both time and money. Some of these issues can be easily fixed, while others can require the entire unit to be replaced.
Many homeowners give little thought to the mechanics of their garage door, so the Denver garage door experts at Colorado Overhead Door Company have decided to share a few tips and tricks to help you locate and diagnose the problem plaguing your opener.
Denver Garage Repair Tips & Tricks
Today we focus the safety beams located on your garage door, and how knowing how and when to test them can quickly help you solve your problem.
Garage Door Safety “Eye Misalignment” or Malfunction
For more than twenty years, no garage door installation has been complete without the addition of ‘safety eyes’ sensors. These sensors are located about half of a foot off of the floor and are used to prevent your door from closing when something is in its path. The two sensors generate a beam between one another, and if that beam becomes blocked by an object, the door should stop coming down.
Are Garage Door Sensors Broken?
If your door will not close when using both the wall station and the remote but will close all the way when you forcefully hold down the button until shut, you could be in need of realigning your sensors.
Let’s start with the obvious. Make sure that nothing is blocking the path of the beam, and then check to see that both sensors are in fact working. Each sensor is equipped with a small LED light, and these lights are designed to function when they are perfectly aligned. If you find that one side is lit, but the other is not, try to bend the unlit eye so that it directly lines up with its partner. When this has happened, both lights should glow. In the case that neither light is lit, check to see that they are properly wired and that nothing has been clipped.
Still Not Working?
Once you know that your sensors are working properly, but the problem remains unresolved, do yourself a favor and contact a professional. The Denver garage door repair team at Colorado Overhead Door Company are more than qualified to help you get your garage door opener back in working order as soon as possible.
Give COHDCO a call today for a free quote regarding your garage repair, and be sure to check back, as we continue to share tips and tricks to getting the most out of your garage door.