If you’re dealing with a malfunctioning garage door sensor, you’re not alone. This is a very common issue that can result in a garage door opening and closing at the wrong time. The point of the garage sensors, located towards the bottom of the garage door is to sense if someone is under the door while it’s closing. The sensor beams would detect that something is underneath and stop functioning. It essentially serves as a preventative safety measure.

Certain elements such as sunlight or dirt buildup can negatively impact the functionality of the sensor. There are a few hacks that could quickly and efficiently solve the issue.

Check The Garage Door Sensor

First, check to see if there is dirt on the sensor. Dirt buildup can cause the sensors to malfunction. If you suspect that dirt could be causing the issue, take a cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth and gently clean each sensor. If the sensors are still acting up, sunlight exposure might be the issue.

If you suspect that your garage door sensor is malfunctioning due to sunlight exposure, try creating a shade around the sensors to block out the sunlight. Simply take a cylindrical object such as a toilet paper roll or PVC and tape the cylinder around the sensor. This will shield the sensor from light sensitivity that might be causing the issue. This is a quick and cost effective solution to the issue. If the issue still persists, check the power supply.

Check the LED Light On  Sensor

Make sure the LED lights on both sensors are turned on. If one of the LED lights is turned off, try reconnecting the power supply. If you notice there’s a loose or damaged wire, consider calling a professional to help resolve the issue. Call the company or individual who installed your garage door to see if they are willing to send a replacement sensor to you or come by to fix the issue. Hopefully one of these solutions will resolve your malfunctioning garage door sensor. Contact us today for help with your garage door sensor.