Garage Door Won't Close? Check Your Eyes

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Modern garage doors use electric eyes to detect when there is an obstruction in the path of your garage door. When this system is operational, it prevents your door from shutting on cars, people, or pets. On the other hand, when it is not working like it should, your garage door won't close. In most cases, you can troubleshoot malfunctioning eyes and get your garage door working again without the need to call in reinforcements. 

How They Work

Electric eyes are capable of detecting a laser. When something blocks the laser, a switch in the eye is tripped, and it sends a signal to your garage door opener, which reverses the direction of your door to prevent it from closing. 

How to Troubleshoot

Use the following steps to troubleshoot your electric eyes: 

1. While you should know to check for large obstructions like a child's bike or a plastic bag, you may miss smaller obstructions. For example, if you have a cobweb growing over your eye, it can block the laser enough to cause a problem. Even a film of dust can interfere with the proper functioning of your door. Thus, your first step should be to clean your eyes.

2. Once you have cleaned your eyes, check to make sure that they are aligned. The eyes on your garage door should be equipped with a signal light to indicate when they are in line. Grab one of the eyes and gently manipulate  up, down, left, and right until the light indicates that they are aligned correctly. Deciphering the signals given by the indicator light will depend on the model of door that you have, so check with the literature that came with your door for further guidance on how to align the lights. 

3. Check the wiring. If these first two fixes do not work, then your next option is to check the wiring. Any collision with your garage door can cut, tear out, or otherwise cause your wiring to malfunction. If you are not sure what to do with the electrical components of your eyes, then you should call in a professional repairperson (such as one from All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.).  

While you should not be scared to call in the professionals, it should also not be your first move. Take the time to inspect your garage door and do some troubleshooting on your own, and you might just be able to fix your door without the need to pay someone else to do it. And if you were not able to fix your door, at least you can rest assured that calling the professionals is the right choice. 


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