Safety is a priority for all homeowners––everyone wants their families and visitors to feel safe. In recent years, the safety of your garage has drastically increased with the innovation of automatically reversing doors; this is the feature that causes your garage door to retract upwards if it senses something obstructing its path. To keep your children and pets even safer, you should regularly check that your garage door reversal feature is working properly.

First Ensure that Your Garage Door Has a Reversal Feature

It’s easy to check for this feature: when standing inside your garage with the door closed, you should be able to see two sensors (known as “eyes”) located about half a foot off the ground on either side of the door. (Often these garage door sensors will display a green or red light.) These two eyes are very important, because they detect any objects that might be under the door. These eyes are required features, and they must be kept in working order.

If your garage door doesn’t have these sensors at the bottom, then it doesn’t have an automatic reversal function, and it must be replaced. Federal law mandates that garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required to have this advanced safety feature. 

Because the reversal feature is so important for the safety of those in your household, it’s important to check at least once a month to make sure that it’s still functioning properly. Follow these three simple steps from Garage Door Guy Blog to ensure that your garage door reversal feature is working and keeping your family safe.

  1. Open the garage door completely and place a full roll of paper towels on the floor beneath the center of your garage door.
  2. Use either your garage door remote or the nearest wired button to close the door. When the door strikes the roll of paper towels, it should reverse.
  3. If the door reverses, then your system is safe and secure. However, if the garage door reverse function does not pass the test, you’ll need to hire a certified technician to adjust the system They will need to repair or replace either the sensor eyes, the opener, or even the entire door.

If you are having problems with your reverse function, call us today!