Neighborhood Garage Door Services of San Jose, California provides the best customer service to our valued customers throughout San Jose and the surrounding areas. We are able to handle routine maintenance, complete door installations and repairs for garage doors of any make or model.
Not only do we take pride in outstanding workmanship and customer service, our company tries to educate people about garage door safety. Homeowners must realize that while garages are an extension of your home and convenient to have, they can also be dangerous if not given the proper attention.
One area that often gets neglected is the garage door photo eye. However, this is one garage door part that should be inspected, considered and checked for safety reasons and functionality.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are almost 20,000 injuries that happen because of garage doors. This is all the more reason to be sure your door is in the best shape possible in order to protect your family, friends and guests.
The two main steps to taking care of your overhead garage door photo eye are to clean and inspect this component to be sure your door will work smoothly.
Garage Door Photo Eye Functionality
The photo eye of your door sends an unseen beam across the door opening. If you push your opener and the door begins to close but there is an object that interrupts that beam, then the door will reverse and go back up.
In the event that you perform this test and your door does not reverse immediately, then you must call a service technician to assist you. We’d love to be the company you call and can provide same day service.
Your garage door components and parts should be kept clean and free of debris. Your photo eye is no exception. In fact, if the photo eye is not properly aligned or dirty, then your door will not close properly.
Cleaning your photo eye lenses will clear up this issue pretty quickly. Since your photo eye is near the ground, it typically accumulates dirt easily. To correct this situation, grab a clean cloth and use a household cleaner to clean the lens. Be sure to not scratch this delicate part but rather treat it with caution.
Since you have photo eyes on each side of your garage door, you’ll want to double check their alignment. At a glance, you can sometimes see if things look right.
Another way to check your alignment is to measure the height of each photo eye from the ground and have someone help you with a level to be sure they are directly across from each other. You can also consider a laser which could be helpful to be sure of your accuracy.
In order to test your equipment, you will need to push your wall button to get the door to start closing. If your door closes correctly then all is well alignment wise.
Now put a stick or some other object in the way that will break your beam as the door begins to open. Your photo eye is working just right if the door begins to reverse until it completely opens up.
If your door does not perform correctly, then you need to call a professional technician for assistance. Photo eyes are important safety wise and should be fixed immediately if they are not working properly.
Neighborhood Garage Door Services of San Jose, California wants to be your one call should you ever need assistance with your photo eyes or any other repair. We have a customer friendly service staff that is available 24/7 to take your call.