Safeguard Your Garage: Discover the Power of Safety Sensors for Reliable Door Reversal

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Updated: August 23, 2023
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Safeguard Your Garage: Discover the Power of Safety Sensors for Reliable Door Reversal


Garage doors are large and heavy and can cause significant injury to a person or costly damage to property if not equipped with the appropriate safety features. The auto-reverse feature of a garage door is a crucial system that forces a door to reverse if something comes in the path of its safety sensors. 


This automatic mechanism plays a significant role in ensuring that the weight or pressure of a closing garage door does not hurt people or pets.


Garage doors should be equipped with some key safety features, including:


  • Auto Reverse


  • Motion Sensors


  • Manual Control


These components work together to ensure that your garage door operates as safely as possible. In 1992, federal laws were enacted requiring safety features on garage doors that would help prevent the high number of deaths and injuries reported due to automatic garage doors that were not equipped to stop, much less reverse, when anything got in its path. 



At Universal Garage Door Services, we work to ensure that these safety features are functioning properly on all garage doors we install or service to help keep injuries, death, or costly damages to a minimum.


The auto-reverse system works with special sensors connected to the garage door opener. When an object of any kind comes in the path of the sensor’s laser or the downward path of the garage door, it sends a signal to the opener to stop closing and immediately reverse. 


The reversal mechanism and motion detection sensors must work properly to work effectively. Test the system by stepping in the line of the motion sensors to be sure the door reverses. You can also test the system by placing an object in the door's path, allowing it to touch it, and checking that the door stops and reverses.


Universal Garage Door Services offers professional garage door service, maintenance, repair, and installation of new garage doors. Our skilled technicians can inspect and repair your garage door or install a new one with upgraded safety systems. 

By ensuring your door can reverse, you will ensure that you and your loved one are protected from the door's weight and prevent damage to your belongings. Contact us today for more information.