Garage door safety sensors are automated or motorized devices that work to open garage doors remotely at the touch of a button. Buttons are wired to an electric circuit in the house. There are also buttons that are remote controlled and battery powered connected to a car. Most garage door opening systems have both types of wiring. This is to make it possible for the door to be operated from the car or the house. The system is also designed with an infra-red radio signal which is conveyed to the control unit once the button on the opener is pressed. The control unit will then trigger the electric motor which is connected to a track and pulley system that makes it possible to remotely open and close the garage door.
Why are safety sensors on my garage door necessary?
Garage door safety sensors are a rule rather than a choice. In 1990, the federal government put in regulations that made for garage doors to be fitted with sensors in order to avoid accidents. They certainly help to avoid accidents with children and pets.
Most companies abide by this rule by installing photo eyes with the garage opening systems. Photo eyes detect obstructions on the door which may stop the door from closing completely. The photo eyes must be in view of each other or come into contact for the door to close properly. If this does not happen, this is an indication of an interruption with that the ray of the infrared beam that connects the photo eyes, which makes it impossible for the door to close completely.
The sensors therefore serve as a security check. When the door will not close completely, you will know it, and you will therefore know that your car, family member, friend or pet is not safe. You will do what is necessary to correct the problem to avoid giving intruders access to the house via through the garage, too.
What should you do if there is a malfunction?
You will know the infrared sensors are not working properly; one or both sensor lights will start blinking. If there is an obstruction at the door, removing it should get the door to open as it should.
If there is no obstruction, the problem may be the sensor, which may be need to be realigned. It may also be that the photo lens needs to be cleaned. If doing this does not get the door working as it should, you should call in the professionals.
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