It must be annoying to get out of the car just to manually open the garage door every single time you come home. There might be something wrong with the sensors of your garage door. It might be caused by the emitter and the receiver that are not in alignment anymore. Therefore, it is the right time to align them back. It sounds complicated, but it turns out a piece of cake thing to do. How to align garage door sensors? Keep reading for more details.
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1. Find the Power Supply of Your Sensors, Then Turn It Off
You might not actually do these steps related with electrical wiring. However, it is way much better to avoid any risks by having a safe environment when you do stuff close to electricity. You can find the power in your house’s breaker box, and then trip the fuse of the whole garage.
In other method, if the sensors you have at home are plugged into the all, you can do it by turning off the switch. Also, make sure you protect yourself by wearing specific gloves that are resistant to electricity. You are going to fiddle with wires.
No matter what, your personal safety is the first priority. Find gloves that are rated ‘Class 00’ or ‘Class 0’. It means that those types of gloves can resist voltage up to 500 volts. Therefore, it can give you enough protection while aligning the garage door sensors.
2. Loosen The Screws Off From The Sensors
After turning off the power supply for your sensors, what you are going to do next is loosen the screws from the sensors. However, it is not all screws that you need to loosen, simply ones that hold the sensors. When you do it, you will get the mounting brackets are able to be slide up and down.
It is easy to do this part. Take the screw driver, insert it into the screws, and turning the driver in the anti clock wise direction. Find the right screw driver that is match with the driver, so you will not have hard time in loosening them.
Again, you only have to loosen them, not to take them off. The goal for doing this part is to let you slide the mounting brackets. If you take the screws off, it will not work as what you want it to be.
3. Locate the Sensors of The Garage Door Downward
When you finish loosening the screws and letting the mounting brackets are able to slide up and down, what you need to do next to align the sensors is slide it downward. For this part, you are suggested using bare hands since it is safer.
Never use any hard ware such as wrench to move it. It might work, but you need to know that it might leave scars on the surface of the sensors, in which may be damage its function. Slide it low while holding the sensors, so it will stay inside the mounting brackets.
4. Tie and Attach A String to One Sensor, Continued By Tying the Knots
The purpose of this part is to let the string run in the middle of the sensor while being pulled through the door way. After locating the sensors downward, tie and attach a string to one sensor and the mounting bracket as well.
No need to use a long string, use the one whose length is enough to connect from one sensor to the other one. You also need to tie the knot really tight since it will take a big role in deciding the success of this effort. For the untied string, run it across your garage and it will roll around the middle.
5. Make Sure The Level of The String Across the Garage Doorway
If it happens to you that both of them are already in the same level, you can move to the next step. However, if it does not work that way, you need to adjust either one or both of sensors. Simply slide the mounting brackets to adjust it.
Another way is you can manually press the level in the opposite direction of the string. This is one of core steps in this process, therefore, keep on doing it until both of the level and sensors’ level are aligned.
6. Tighten Back The Screws You Previously Loosened
This step can be done only when you are able to put both sensors in the same level. So, after you make sure the level of the string across the garage way, you can do this step. Using the same screw driver that you used before, tighten back screws you previously loosened, so you can keep the garage door sensors in this new position.
Don’t tight it either too hard or too soft. Tighten them as much as you are sure that it will not move around from their new position when you take off the string later on.
7. Recheck The Sensors’ Position, Whether They Are in The Same Leve
It is better to recheck everything before you finally call it as wrap. While the strings are still there, you must check one more time about sensors position whether they are aligned or not. Make sure both of them are already in the same level.
If it happens that you skip this part, the worst case is it will not work as what you want and you need to redo it from the very first step. Therefore, it is better to re check than repeat the same steps all over again. This step is here since both sensors might move while you are tightening screws.
8. Remove the String, and You Will Find Your Sensors Back to Normal
At the end, when you are totally sure that both sensors are in the same level, remove the string from its place. Turn the power for the sensors on, and then try to use it. If you follow each step carefully, you will find your sensors back to normal.
If you don’t, you should check some steps that you might have missed or have not done it properly. After all, you did well in aligning your sensors back. Hope it helps you.