Automatic Garage Door Openers

Using a garage door opener has become so standard, I seldom see a garage door without it. It might even kill you! There is a well-known term – “if it works, do not touch it” (or fix it) – but perhaps there should be another one added to it “if it was correctly installed”…

Most of us despise instructions but please stay with me till the end of this article – it might be helpful for you, particularly if your garage door opener was installed by somebody else, it’s old, or you are not sure if what you did with it’s really safe.

There are several different types of garage door openers and this is not a review of those.
This is all about safety futures that MANY people (homeowners / installers) neglect to install correctly.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires that all garage door openers manufactured or purchased after January 1, 1993, for sale in the United States are equipped with an external entrapment protection system. It also recommends that any garage door openers without a such safety future ought to replaced. External entrapment protection system refers to:

An electric eye – two photoelectric detectors installed on each side of the garage door track – they should never be installed greater than six inches from the garage floor (4″-6″ is the recommended location). Such installation ensures that a small child can’t crawl under the sensor’s invisible beam. If the light beam is broken during the doorway closure procedure, the door should stop and reverse. If there’s anything on the detector light beam path or both sensors are out of alignment, you’ll continue to be able to shut the door by holding the wall fix the issue instead of forcing the door to close. I have seen so many garages used as storage where it is not possible to observe the lower part of the garage door from the area the push button has been installed, which means you might not understand what is blocking the light beam. Believe it or not but I frequently see two sensors taped together and fastened over the garage door opener … or installed really high on both sides of the garage doors opening. Remember – security sensors have to be installed within 6″ from the garage floor to prevent small children from crawling underneath the light beam – using them around the ceiling is merely requesting a accident to happen.liftmaster garage door opener

A door edge sensor – typically utilized on elevator doors, but also in certain residential garage door openers – it’s a strip installed across the bottom edge of the doorway. If it finds pressure applied with any obstruction, then it should stop and reverse the door.

The garage door opener reverse on obstruction future has to be set properly. If this is the only safety future (no door edge sensor or photoelectric eye) – it becomes critical. It’s also critical in situations where the electrical eye has been mounted (too high or in a different location – such as on the pictures above). There should be a few adjustment screws on the body of this garage door opener gathering, typically marked “down force” & “up force” or “open force” & “close force” ( like on the picture). Make sure that you are adjusting the suitable set of screws, cause most versions of garage door openers may also have “down / down traveling” alterations – read the tag. Always follow manufacturers instructions when doing alteration, when the paperwork is gone, look it up online for that specific model. The rule of thumb is to place a 2″x4″ block of wood underneath the door and attempt to close it. The garage door opener / up force must be corrected in this way, when the door bottom edge rolls the barrier, it will immediately reverse. Some recommend using paper towels rolls instead of a wooden block, because it’s a density like the individual body, and particularly tiny kids. If you can get the garage door opener sensitivity adjustment that close, it might be perfect!

Up – Down traveling is also very significant because overdoing it, often combined with an improperly adjusted Up – Down pressure, might damage the garage door opener and the door.

Down travel ought to be adjusted so whenever the door it’s in a closed position – the base weather strip is a bit more compressed (not crushed completely).

Up traveling – if the door is completely open, the garage door opener arm mount shouldn’t ever hit the opener itself or a protective bracket / screw – at the most, it must stop before it, without actually hitting it.

The garage door opener is not a crane – it is a device that replaces your own hand at opening / closing process. This indicates is that until the opener arm is physically connected to the doorway, you need to be sure that the door spring strain has been correctly adjusted and the doorway is just as balanced. If you would like to check the door equipped with an opener, then disconnect the opener arm only when the door is fully closed – be careful, cause some door spring tension might be too large and it could pull the door up when the opener was disconnected.

When springs are appropriately adjusted, you should be able to easily lift / lower and halt the garage door at any elevation, and it should stay at this level without any assistance – stay clear of the door route and do not put your fingers between the door sections when performing any tests. If the door is out of equilibrium – does not act like described above – telephone the specialist to adjust it this is a very dangerous procedure if you don’t understand what you are doing!

Three more things:

Any moment you set up the garage door opener, make certain that the upper door panel or door segment (with single panel doors) has been bolstered – this applies to single and double garage doors. Reinforcement bar doesn’t usually come with the door, it’s an additional piece of metal you have to cover. To get a single doorway, with no electric opener, it isn’t absolutely crucial. For a double doorway, I’d highly advocated one bar across the top, at least more along the base edge, for thick doors the third one may be necessary, and installed with or without the opener. Broad doors with no reinforcing bar start sagging after some time, and will likely crack at the center of the top panel, right above the garage door opener arm attachment region.
Garage door opener push – recommended installment is at about 60″ to prevent modest children from playing with it, and at a location where you can observe the overhead door when closing.
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