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How old is the garage door on your home? Does your garage get very cold during the winter and very warm during the summer? If your garage door is quite old, it likely does not have the same insulating factors that are included in the manufacturing of the garage doors manufactured today. So, how do you know if your garage door needs to be replaced? Does the hardware need to be replaced if you replace the garage door? Go to my blog to find out all about the features included in the design of today's garage doors. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to determine if your garage door is in need of replacement.

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How to Align Garage Door Sensors

by Eva Richards

A garage door sensor that is off by just a small fraction can cause the entire door to close improperly. Fixing the garage door sensor is a fairly simple process that you can do yourself. The sensors will need to be re-aligned for regular maintenance as they get bumped and thrown out of alignment over time. Here is a simple set of instructions that can teach you how to realign your garage door sensor.

To complete the following task you will need these tools:

  • String
  • A level
  • A screwdriver
  • Access to the electrical panel box

Then take these steps:

  1. Start by turning off the power to the garage by turning the switching inside the electrical panel. This will prevent the garage door from getting triggered while you are adjusting the sensors and possibly coming down on you.
  2. Take a screwdriver and loosen the screws that hold the sensor securely in place, but do not remove them all the way. Just loosen the screw enough to be able move the sensor into the correct align position. Repeat the step on the other sensor afterwards.
  3. Take a piece of string and tie it to one end of the sensor on the right side and the other to the sensor on the left side. Make sure that the string is tied securely in place and is not loose. There should be no slack in the string line and it must be pulled tight from one end to the other.
  4. Using the string as a guideline, adjust the sensors until the string is completely straight and the sensors are re-aligned. To check to the string and make sure that it is straight, use a level. Once you have the sensors level and aligned, tighten the screws in each sensor to secure it back into place.
  5. Turn back on the power to the garage at the electrical box by flipping the switch back to the one position.
  6. Test the garage door to make sure that the door closes properly. If the door stops when it reaches the sensors then you know that the alignment is slightly off and must be re-adjusted.

If you cannot get your garage door alignment working properly, call a garage door installation professional for some help. A professional repair technician can assist you in tuning up your garage door springs, rollers, and tracks to keep the door operating a maximum efficiency,