A Beginner’s Guide On How To Align Garage Door Sensors

garage-door-opener-repairHome security has become a very important aspect of any person’s property.  With the increasing crime rate in today’s contemporary society, it is highly advised that you take any and all precautions to protect you, your family, and your home.  One security item that is beneficial in detecting burglars approaching the property is the alarm sensor.  A sensor is a form of electronic device that can monitor a specific area and, once connected to an alarm system, can inform you of unwanted activity.  Unfortunately, sensors are sensitive and can be misaligned quite easily either via initial installation or being thrown out of place.  This article will provide information on how to align garage door sensors correctly.

  1. Disconnect The Electricity Main

The first task to complete when installing a garage door sensor is to disconnect the power or electricity.  While you may not be working with electrical wires when aligning a sensor, it is better to disconnect the power as a safety precaution against electrocution.  Better safe than sorry they always say.

  1. Loosen Screws

A sensor is held to the wall by an item known as a bracket.  To install the sensor, it is necessary to first loosen the screws of the bracket allowing for easy movement of the items.  A common misconception is that the bracket must be removed completely; however, this is not the case if you are trying to align a garage door sensor, only if you wish to relocate it completely.

  1. Insert the sensor

Once the screws have been loosened, you will slide the sensors into the bracket using a downward motion or as low as possible.  To keep the sensor in place, tie the center of the item to the bracket using a piece of string.  This is important as it determines the alignment of the sensors.  It is essential that the level of the strings for all the sensors are precisely the same, meaning they are in a straight line.  It is recommended you use a level to check this precision.

  1. Tighten Screws

After the sensors have been set in place, use a screwdriver to tighten the loosened screws of the brackets.  This will hold the sensors in their new positions.  It should be noted that the tightening of the screws may alter the alignment slightly; therefore, you must continue to check the levels of the strings.  If the strings are misaligned, then the sensors are misaligned and you will need to either tighten the screws misaligned sensor or loosen the screws to obtain level strings/sensors.

Final Words On The Matter

The process to align garage door sensors may seem overwhelming, but by following the simple guidelines above it can prove rather simple.

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