Garage Door Safety & Maintenance Tips
Congratulations on the purchase of your new home. If your new home came with a new garage door opener, please review the following for the safety of your children and the proper care and maintenance of your garage door and electric opener.
Wires for the wall button are sometimes installed by the electrician below the 5-foot minimum (from the floor) that is required for the wall button. When this happens, we surface-mount the wire and mount the wall button above 5 feet, leaving exposed the wire and the hole the wire comes out of. It has been found that other trades, not knowing the requirement, move the wall button lower to cover the hole in the wall. If this has happened, please give us a call and we will move the wall button higher to meet the requirement at no charge.
Infrared Safety Beams
Infrared safety beams are designed to prevent the door from closing when the infrared safety beams are blocked and are designed to help protect children from injury. We install the infrared safety beam 4 to 6 inches from the floor as required. There are two reasons they may be located outside the required height from the floor:
First, during construction, other trades can accidently knock your safety beams out of alignment and put them back on in the incorrect position. Second, while moving into the home, they can be bumped. During occupancy, normal things like lawn mowers, bicycles, yard tools, etc. can also knock your infrared safety beams out of the required height. In this case, as part of the homeowner monthly safety check of your garage door opener, these infrared beams should be checked and adjusted as needed to meet the safety requirement.
Unfortunately, infrared safety beams were not designed to protect your car or other items that don’t block the safety beam. The first step to making sure of proper safe reverse operation, is to verify monthly that your safety beams have not accidently been bumped or moved, the beam should be maintained at a distance of 4 to 6 inches above the floor.
First, locate your safety beam sensors. You can find your safety sensors located on each side of your garage door at the bottom of each track. Your sensors should be mounted and maintained between 4 and 6 inches above the floor. Remember to double check this each month along with other homeowner maintenance requirements.
Also notice that each sensor contains a light to indicate proper sight of the adjacent light. Garage door openers designate the sending and receiving sensor by color, yellow or red being the sending sensor and green being the receiving sensor. If aligned properly, both sensor lights will be on constantly without interruption for proper operation.
If the invisible sensor line is broken, you’ll notice that one of the lights will be flickering or flashing. This tells you that your garage door opener has something obstructing its path or your beams are out of alignment and will disable the door from closing.
You’ll notice that your garage door opener will alert you if there is an obstruction in the garage pathway breaking the infrared safety beam by flashing lights and audible clicking. At this point, your first step will be to locate and remove any obstruction from your garage door opening. If for whatever reason no obstruction can be found and your receiving sensor continues unlit, it may be possible that one or both of your safety beams may have been knocked out of alignment or are loose. To adjust these sensors, loosen the wing nuts on each sensor by hand and adjust sensor to adjacent beam until you get both lights lit. After both lights are on, retighten the wing nuts by hand and test your operation.
If for any reason you are unable to make these monthly homeowner adjustments, we can provide a serviceman for a minimal fee.
Thank you for taking the time to review this information and thank you for being our customer. If you are in our area, feel free to stop by our 17,500-square-foot facility Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. We look forward to meeting you.