How To Align Garage Door Sensors

How To Align Garage Door Sensors

Garage door sensors play a crucial role in ensuring the safe operation of your garage door. When these sensors become misaligned, it can disrupt the proper functioning of your door, causing it to reverse or not close at all. Thankfully, realigning your garage door sensors is a relatively simple process that you can do on your own. In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to align your garage door sensors and restore the smooth operation of your garage door. Let's get started!

Understand the Sensor System

Before you begin, it's important to understand the basic components of your garage door sensor system. The sensors are usually located on either side of the garage door, near the floor. Each sensor has a small light-emitting diode (LED) that emits an invisible beam between them. When the beam is interrupted, it signals the garage door opener to stop or reverse.

Inspect and Clean the Sensors

Start by inspecting the sensors for any visible signs of damage, dirt, or obstructions. Clear away any debris, cobwebs, or dust that might be blocking the sensors' view. Use a soft, clean cloth to wipe the lenses of the sensors and ensure they are clean and free from any smudges or residue.

Check for Proper Alignment

Next, check the alignment of the sensors. The LED lights on each sensor should be solid and not blinking. If either LED light is blinking or not illuminated at all, it indicates a misalignment. Carefully examine the sensors' positions and ensure they are facing each other directly. They should be parallel to the ground and perfectly aligned

Adjust Sensor Position

To align the sensors, start by loosening the mounting brackets that hold each sensor in place. These brackets typically have adjustment screws or slots that allow for movement. Gently move the sensors until they are perfectly aligned with each other, ensuring that the LED lights on both sensors remain steady and uninterrupted

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