Aligning Garage Door Eye Sensors

Aligning Garage Door Sensors
Close up of a garage door photo eye sensor

Aligning your garage door eye sensors is an important maintenance task that ensures your garage door operates efficiently and safely. These sensors prevent the door from closing when an obstruction is detected, safeguarding against potential accidents. In this article, we’ll guide you through the alignment process, helping you to keep your garage door in prime condition.

Identifying And Preparing the Eye Sensors

The eye sensors are situated near the bottom of the garage door, one on each side. They function by sending a beam across the door’s threshold to detect any obstructions. Misaligned sensors can lead to the garage door malfunctioning, such as refusing to close or reversing unexpectedly. Begin by disconnecting the power to the garage door opener as a precaution to avoid unintended down movements during the process.

Clean And Inspect The Sensors

Before adjusting, examine the sensors for blockages or damage. Accumulated dirt, cobwebs, or debris can disrupt the sensors’ functionality. Clean the lenses gently with a soft cloth to remove any obstructions. In addition, check the mounting brackets. These can loosen over time causing misalignment. Tighten any loose screws to ensure the sensors are firmly in place.

Adjust The Sensor Alignment

To align the sensors, slightly loosen the screws that secure them, allowing for minor adjustments without completely detaching them. Pivot the sensors until their LED lights indicate they are perfectly aligned, signifying a clear path between them. Once aligned, securely re-tighten the screws, taking care not to overdo it, as this could damage the brackets.

Testing And Maintaining Sensor Alignment

After realigning the sensors, restore power to the garage door opener and conduct a test to ensure proper functionality. Place an object in the door’s path to check if the sensors trigger the door to reverse, confirming their correct operation. Regularly maintaining and checking the alignment of your garage door sensors is important will help to maintain the smooth performance and the longevity of your garage door system.

Aligning your garage door eye sensors is a simple yet vital maintenance task that ensures the safety and efficiency of your garage door. By following the steps outlined above, you can maintain the optimal performance of your garage door. If you encounter difficulties or suspect other issues with your garage door, it’s recommended to seek the expertise of a professional garage door company for further assistance.

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