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There are certain garage door maintenance issues that you can repair on your own. Our team of garage door technicians are here to assist you with fixing those minor issues. We offer garage door tips that help you keep your system working daily. When we troubleshoot your garage door opener, it helps you understand why it isn’t working and the steps you need to take to reset your system.

When the minor issues impact your day to day convenience, it becomes a larger issue. There are a number of minor issues that cause your garage door to not work. Let us walk you through steps to help you get your garage door working again.

Worried About a Photo Eye Sensor Issue?

The photo eyes on a garage door are extremely important, and are there to provide a safety barrier between the garage door and anything that might potentially be in the way. They use an infrared beam to create a safety net across the door from left to right and can save children, pets, vehicles, and even adults from suffering injuries due to the door. Oftentimes though, they are to blame for the door not closing properly and can be quite a nuisance if they are not taken care of. The easiest way to tell if the photo eye sensors are the reason for the garage door not closing is to look at them from the front and see if the lights are on and glowing. All sensors have a light on them that will illuminate when there is power on and they are aligned properly. Oftentimes the lights will either be green/green, green/orange or green/red (depending on the brand of opener you have). If you notice the lights are not glowing on the sensors, the first thing to do is to check the plug to the opener and make sure there is power to the unit. The second thing to check is the alignment of the sensors. They must be at the same height off of the ground and pointing directly at one another in order to make a solid connection. If they are bent or tilted, it will often cause the infrared beam to not connect… making it impossible to close the door with the remotes. The last significant sign that the sensors are out of alignment is to look up at the garage door opener when you try to close it. If the light bulbs on the opener are flashing, or you hear a loud clicking noise, this is a tell-tale sign that the sensors are not aligned. Most garage door openers will react this way if they sense a misalignment or blockage to the sensors, regardless of the brand.

Luckily, the photo eye sensors are one of the easiest things to fix yourself! Oftentimes you will not need a visit from a professional technician to repair the sensor issue and get the door closing normally again. You can align the sensors by simply loosening the wing nut on the sensor bracket, and tilting the sensor straight again with your hand. You will notice there is a small lens on each sensor, similar to a camera lens. Once you’ve got each lens pointing directly at the other, tighten the wingnut back up with your fingers. It’s also a good idea to take a cloth and carefully clean the lens of the sensor, as well as the bracket to make sure there is a clear sight of view for the infrared beam to make a connection. As a rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to keep any items in the garage away from the sensor area so they cannot create a blockage. Even something as small as a cobweb or a leaf can cause the blockage, so always keep an eye out for debris. Lastly, if you’ve tried cleaning and aligning the sensors and they still won’t’ work, it may be time to call a professional. Sometimes a sensor might just be old or defective, and in need of replacement. If you find yourself in this position, you can use your hard wired wall station (usually located inside the garage by the door that goes into your house), to override the sensor blockage and force your door to close. Simply hold the button on the wall down and do not let go until the door reaches the fully closed position. This will allow you to secure your door until you can get the professional help you need. Remember, cleaning and aligning the sensors are easy to do, and can save you valuable time and money in the long run.

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If you would like to discuss your DIY garage door support. Do you have a question about why your garage door is not opening? Do you need to know how to use your garage door opener? Call (866) 219-7099 or fill out our online contact form today.

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  • Fairfield, CA
  • Napa, CA
  • Suisun City, CA
  • Vacaville, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Auburn, CA
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