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Safety First! 2 Ways to Test Your Garage Door Safety Features

Your garage door is the largest and heaviest moving system in your home. Therefore, it should have safety features that prevent it from closing on a person or a pet or crushing something important.

However, not all garage doors have these features. Garage door safety features were not a requirement on garage door openers until the early 1990s, so if your garage opener was installed before 1991, there’s a good chance it lacks modern safety features.

Even if your garage door safety features are in place, they can malfunction if they’re not properly maintained. Testing your garage door safety from time to time is important. Best of all, safety testing can be done by you, no garage door contractor needed.

1. Test the Auto-Reverse Function

The automatic reverse function stops your garage door in the event that it meets with resistance in its path. To test the auto-reverse function, place an object like a brick in the path of the garage door. Close the door from an open position. When the garage door meets the brick, it should reverse automatically and open again. If it does not open when it touches the stack of bricks, have your garage door tested by a repair person.

2. Test the Photoelectric Eye

The photoelectric eye is a feature on your garage door, found just 6 inches off the ground at either side of the garage door opening. The photoelectric eye senses motion. An invisible laser beam connects the two eyes. When something crosses the path of the photoelectric eye, the laser beam is broken.

This triggers a response from the closing garage door. When this happens, the garage door should reverse course and open again. If something is obstructing the laser when the garage door is in an open position, the garage door should do nothing when you push the button to close it.

To test the photoelectric eye, stand near the path of your closing garage door, with a broom handle in your hands. Wave the broom handle in the path of the door as the garage door is closing. When the broom handle breaks the laser between the photoelectric eyes, the door should reverse course.

Photoelectric eyes can get dirty, which can cause the safety feature to malfunction. If your garage door photoelectric eye does not seem to be working, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth and try again. If this still doesn’t work, call a repair person.

Concerned About Garage Door Safety? Contact Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City

Garage doors have been the cause of serious accidents in the past, which is why garage door safety is so important. Keeping your modern garage door safety features working properly can help make your garage safer. If your door does not have these features, contact Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City to discuss the replacement of your garage door opener or potential replacement of your entire garage door.

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Kristen Mangum
Kristen Mangum
Friendly customer service. Bought a hard to find remote for an old garage door opener. Opener has 3 buttons so I can program both doors to it. Easy to find location right off 29th St.
Robert Ballinger
Robert Ballinger
Great people
Betsy Chronister
Betsy Chronister
I was given a very fair quote. A week later a tech came and installed. Then came back to install lock. Tech was very professional and polite. Spen time with me making adjustments to my liking. I totally recommend Overhead door to my fellow Okies.
Hendrix Morrow
Hendrix Morrow
Overhead Door did a great job. They got me on the schedule the next day and fixed my spring in 30 minutes or less. Joe was great, professional, and courteous. Awesome service, and he didn't tell me I needed extra materials like the previous garage door people that quoted me $575. Overhead Door told me a price over the phone and it didn't change. I'd recommend them every time.
Sandy Molleda Molleda
Sandy Molleda Molleda
A very good place for a new garage door and a new remote.
John Ehrhardt
John Ehrhardt
Pleased with their services. Coil spring broke and door stopped working. Spoke to Ron, and less than 24 hrs later the technician had us up n running again. These guys did exactly what they promised to do, with no nonsense. I like that.

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