A critical component of your overhead door system are garage door eye sensors (also known as safety sensors). When you experience a garage door that is having trouble with the eye sensors, there are steps you can take to realign the eye sensors. With this in mind, we at AAA Action Doors would like to discuss aligning the eye sensors.
How Do Garage Door Eyes Work?
The two little light sensors at the bottom of your door are the eye sensors of the garage door opening system. They are generally six inches up from the floor and attached right to the track. Your door will open and close properly the eye sensors are aligned because the sending sensor’s laser is being read by the receiving sensor. Your door will try to come down but instead come right back up if one or both eye sensors are out of alignment. Attached to the bottom of your garage door track are the little boxes that are the eye sensors. They shoot laser beams at each other. It is common for people to attempt to jump over the beam when trying to close the garage door and exiting it at the same time.
Steps to Align Garage Door Eye Sensors
For starters, you need to look for a green light on the receiving unit, and a yellow light on the sending unit as you get down on the level of your eye sensors. The yellow light should always be on as long as you have power, and the doors are open, though this is not necessarily an eye sensor problem. It could be anything from a stapled wire to a power outage. Before calling a professional, you will want to check around for something obvious, like a breaker switch. The next thing to look for is the green receiving light once you’ve confirmed the yellow light is on. You will need to align your eye sensors if the green light is off. The easiest way to go about this will be loosening the wing nut that screws into the sensor rather than wiggling the brackets themselves. Realigning the sensors should be a breeze once the wing nut is loosened. On all axes, make sure to adjust the eye sensors as you move them forwards, backwards, inside, and out.
Why is My Garage Door Sensor Not Working?
The next thing to look for would be something obstructing the laser between the two sensors, once the eye sensors are aligned and both lights are on. In front of either unit, there might be a cobweb, hard water buildup, or other debris. Loose, rattling tracks that shake the sensors as the door is coming down is another common issue. The problem might not be your eye sensor’s alignment, but it may be your rattling doors if the green light is flickering during the door’s opening or closing.
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