It’s Important that the Sensors on Your Garage Door are in Alignment

by Jeffrey Ireland

Garage doors are extremely important. The sensors on the garage door repair medford oregon are responsible for protecting everything that moves beneath the door. The sensors prevent the door from closing if anyone or anything is beneath the door. An electric eye sensor is used in order to do this by emitting a beam. If the sensor does not receive a beam back from the opposite device, then the door stays open. However, when they are misaligned, it could cause your garage doors to stay open.


When you find that the sensors of your garage door need to be realigned there are a few steps that you can take in order to ensure that this happens. The first thing that you want to do is trip the fuse to the garage in order to shut the power off. These fuses are found in the breaker box at your home.


The next thing that you are going to want to do is grab a screwdriver so that you can loosen the screws mounting the sensors into place. You do not want to take the screws completely out. Rather, make sure that they are loose enough for you to move the mounting brackets up and down intentionally. Once you have loosened the screws, you should slide each of the sensors down. Make sure that they are as low as you can get them without having to take the screws out of the mounting brackets.


The next step in realigning your sensors is to tie a string to the sensor itself. If you pull the string across the garage door, it should be at the center of the sensor. Then, you want to tie the string to the center of the sensor on the other side. Make sure that the knot is in the center of the sensor.


Now, go get your level. Place the level where the bottom of it is running along your string. Make sure that the string is level. If the string is not level, adjust the sensors until they are level. Once you have leveled the sensors, you are going to want to get your screwdriver again. Go around and tighten all of the screws. This will secure the sensors into the new position.


Before you finish up, make sure that the string is level. It is possible for the sensors to misalign as you tighten the screws. If they did, you will need to realign them again and retighten the screws until it is level when the screws are tightened. Once everything is level, you are finished with the realignment. Now all you have to do is remove the string that you tied to each sensor. Oh, and don’t forget to flip the fuse and turn your power back on.