Give Your Electric Garage Door A Safety Checkup With This Test

You should do a thorough check of your electric garage door, even if it appears to work every day without a problem. A couple of minutes is all it takes to check that your garage door's sensors work correctly and don't pose a danger to children or pets.

Assuming your garage door is not too old, it should have "photo eyes" that detect obstacles. Check that these are mounted no more than six inches off the ground, and then test them by placing an object such as a box in their sights. If everything is working as it should, you should not be able to close the door while the obstacle is in place.

For the final test, lie an object less than 15cm tall — such as a plank of wood — at the bottom of the door. Close the garage door with its remote. When the bottom of the door touches the wood (which could be a child's foot), it should automatically re-open.

If your door fails any of these tests, it's time to call out the experts to get it fixed.

How To Do a Garage Door Safety Test Video [LiftMaster]


    for those of us that dont have photo eyes, i.e. nearly everyone, just put a cardboard box under the door, if the door hits it and doesnt go back up, call a repairman

    'Photo eyes' must be an american thing. As above, the doors I've seen use force on the motor. If the door hits something and the motor has to pull more than usual to move the door, it should reverse (as it has hit an obstacle).

      IIRC in Aus you only need to have a photo-electric beam on your door if it has a timer function (ie can be set to auto-close after a certain period).

      This is to prevent children or pets getting hit by the door, or locked in the garage after you drive away.

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