Broken Garage Door Sensor Repair
With kids in and out for basketball practice, endless strands of Christmas lights and cords, and the dog running in and out of the garage, your garage door sensors can get knocked around pretty easily. The good news is that they’re also easy to put back in place. We found a great step-by-step way to check and see if your garage door won’t close because of a sensor error.
First off, your sensors just may need to be cleaned off, so try to gently remove any dust or dirt first and see if that works. If that doesn’t work, it could be electrical. The sensors have to be aligned with each other and also have to be connected correctly to the garage door system in order to work. According to Lift Master, issues with the safety sensor wiring typically occur because of a poor connection, incorrectly connected wires, or a short in the wire from a staple.
Sensors Can Still Malfunction
Aside from the technology that is incorporated, detectors can still get out of alignment, which indicates they might either cause the door to refuse to shut the door even when the path is clear, to shut when it shouldn’t, or make it cease at random. Any of those conditions suggests a malfunction with the detectors. That malfunction needs to be repaired, given the security risk included.
Troubleshooting Sensor Problems
A visit from The Up and Up Garage Doors can troubleshoot the likely reasons for detector malfunction, which can result from random obstacles. While you may be able to see something big from keeping your door from closing, something as little as a branch, a leaf, or debris on the detector lens itself can activate the detector and stop regular functioning.
Damage to the Photo Eye
High levels of humidity or hitting the detector with your body, your vehicle, or a trashcan can damage the picture eye to the stage where it should be replaced.
A common problem can be that the photo eye of the garage door sensor is obstructed from viewing the sensor correctly. This could be a cause of debris, leaves, dirt, or an object that is blocking the photo sensor. Additionally, the garage door sensor could be misaligned.
As a result of connection issues with the cables that link Light-emitting diode lights to the detector interfaces, the detector lights supply or might flash different colored lights that signal improper wiring.