Can Sunlight Impact My Garage Door Sensor?
safety feature, your garage door sensor keeps your family, pets, and valuables
safe, preventing injury and damage in the event your garage door lowers
unexpectedly. Like most devices, this sensor can sometimes malfunction, making
this issue a common garage door problem. It could be a simple
misalignment of your sensor, or it could be that sunlight is shining directly
on and impacting your garage door sensor.
How Sunlight Can Impact Your Garage Door Sensor
door sensor works by sending an infrared beam across from one side of your
garage door to the other. When the beam strikes a receiver on the other side of
the doorway it makes a connection and your garage door will function normally.
However, when something disrupts the beam of light and it does not make a
connection, your garage door will be set into reverse motion to prevent injury or damage to whatever is blocking the
sensor’s transmission. Sunlight, which gives off a stronger infrared light than your garage door sensor, can easily overwhelm the
receiving sensor, disrupting the connection, and preventing your garage door
Ways to Prevent Sunlight from Impacting Garage Door Sensors
interference caused your garage door to remain stuck open? You may wish to try
fixing this issue yourself before calling for garage door service. You have a few options for addressing this
particular sensor problem, including:
the sides of the sensors. Since one transmits and the other receives, this may
fix the problem.
- Moving the
sensors slightly further into the garage and out of the sunlight.
a shade box of cardboard and securing it around the sensors.
inexpensive sun shields, available online, and attaching them to your sensors.
stymied by sunlight causing your garage
door sensor to malfunction? Ensure your family’s safety, handling garage
door issues on your Livermore, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Vallejo, Richmond,
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