Infrared Sensors on Garage Door Openers

Since 1993 there has been a law that all garage door openers have IRs (infrared sensors).  These should be 6-8” off of the ground on the far left and right sides of the door.  These are NOT good for detecting everything that might be blocking your path as you exit your garage.  These are designed JUST to protect small children from being crushed by your garage door.  That’s it.  A few months ago, I had a client sit in his garage in his car, press the remote, the door went down and he promptly backed into it.  In spite of the fact that he drove into his own door after pressing the remote and moving the door in the DOWN direction while he was leaving, he called in a rage to blame us.  He then called the manufacturer to blame them.  He really only needed a mirror to place blame.  This is what WE have to deal with.  We ask our clients on every appointment to sign and acknowledge that we showed them where their IRs are, how to align them and what the radius is of the IR Beam (14 degrees), we had his signature and he got nowhere.  Instead of looking to place blame, ask YOURSELF what you are unclear about in your garage and call us preventively and we’ll help you.  We are here to help and all of us forget what we’re told months later.  If you are lucky enough to have a garage there’s some basic information you should know about it.  Where IRs should reside, and what they are for has been disclosed here.  If you have more questions, please call us! 

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