A homeowner in Clear Creek, NE, had been having trouble with their garage door for weeks. After a while, they called us up at Titan Garage Doors NE, and we were able to schedule an appointment quickly. After some troubleshooting, it turned out one of the sensors was damaged due to old, faulty wiring. Our technician was happy to replace the wires and test all of the mechanisms on the door. Next, we advised them to install a new weather seal on the garage door to prevent the elements from harming the sensors. The garage door safety sensor repair was finished in less than an hour. The client thanked us for our prompt response and said they would call to install the weather sealing when ready.

As automatic garage doors have become increasingly popular, so have the devices designed to ensure their safe operation. The safety sensor is one of the most crucial parts of any automatic garage door system. It prevents the door from opening or closing if something is in its path.

Since 1993, photoelectric safety sensors have been a legal requirement for all new automatic garage doors. Since then, it has become the most widely used type of sensor for garage doors. These sensors emit a beam of light interrupted when something crosses its path, signaling the door to stop operating until the object is removed.

Why Your Automatic Garage Door Would Not Close

There are a few reasons why your garage door might not close correctly. First, there can be a problem with the sensor or the opener. Sometimes, objects in the way can cause the door to stop and reverse. In other cases, there may be a problem with the wiring. Regardless, getting the door fixed as soon as possible is important to avoid further damage. Here are some troubleshooting techniques to get your garage door sensors back up and running quickly.

Check the Alignment of the Garage Door Sensors

You can do a few things to check whether or not your garage door sensors are working correctly. First, take a look at the lights on the sensors. There should be two lights - green and red. The green light indicates that the sensor is sending out a beam of light, while the red light means the sensor is receiving light. Your sensors will blink red when they are misaligned. Adjust each light slightly until they are realigned. Once the red light stops blinking, your sensors are properly positioned.

Keep the Sensors Safe From Sunlight Interference

When your light sensor starts acting up at specific times of the day, it may be due to the sun's interference with the light beam. To fix this, try shielding the sensors from the sun's rays with a piece of cardboard. Ensure the cardboard does not block the light beam from the other sensor.

Inspect the Garage Door Sensor Wiring

Your garage door sensor is designed to last many years with regular use. However, the wire can become damaged due to pests, wear and tear, or exposure to the elements. When this happens, you may notice that the sensor's light changes from red to orange.

To ensure that your opener's sensors are functioning properly, it is important to regularly check the condition of the wires connecting them to the terminal. Look for any signs of damage, such as twisted or broken wires, and untangle tangled wires. In addition, ensure that the white wires are connected to the white terminal, and the black and white wires are connected to the gray terminal.

It is also important to check for chew marks or other signs of tampering, as well as water damage. Water can cause sensors to malfunction by shorting them. Damaged wires can also pose a serious risk of electrical shock. So unless you are a qualified electrician, we recommend hiring professional help to replace them.

Are your garage door sensors not working despite trying all the troubleshooting advice? Then, it may be time to seek expert assistance. Titan Garage Doors NE is a leading garage door repair service provider in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. We have a solution for every garage door problem you might experience. For cost estimates, contact us right away.