Understanding the Opener Safety Features04/07/2014 Back To Blog
Modern electric garage door openers include a number of safety features. These will generally perform as an integral part of the system. Although each opener model made by different manufacturers will have other, yet similar characteristics, they are all obliged by the 1993 UL 325 regulations to integrate particular safety features. These built-in safety features will prevent the door from closing on any obstructions. Timers, photo eyes and reverse mechanisms are extremely important in order to detect anything within the path of the closing door.
Can the sensor be turned off?
The sensor is an essential component of modern automatic garage door openers. Any opener system, which was manufactured in the last 20 years, has this feature. Since this is a legal requirement, the sensors cannot be turned off. Of course, garage door opener sensors maintenance must not be ignored. In fact, the sensors must be checked weekly since they are responsible for your safety. Since they are installed at the two sides of the door, they can easily lose communication. In this case, they won't be able to protect you.
The sensors lights must be steadily on at all times. Don't forget that the sun can confuse them and they will keep reversing the door due to the reflection of the sun. So, if your door fails to close, there is a good chance it is related to the safety features on your system. It is possible that the sensor's safety eyes are misaligned. It is also possible that the effectiveness of the sensor has been compromised by an accumulation of dirt or debris. So, it is worth taking the time to ensure the sensor has been cleaned properly.
The timer will reverse the door 30 seconds later after it senses that the door has not reached its full closing position. The photo eyes are usually installed six inches above the ground and when the garage door opener sensors system works properly, it ought to stop or reverse the movement of the door if someone is standing in its way.