In the early 1990s, new laws were put in place to help keep homeowners safe from being injured by closing garage doors. This increase in safety requirements was called the UL 325 standard. Essentially, the law stated that a garage door must have a safety reversing device. To meet this new standard, manufacturers began producing garage door openers with safety sensors.
Openers are now also built with settings that allow the motor to sense if the garage door has touched an object while closing, and are meant to reverse the door when this happens. The UL 325 standard helps maintain a consistent level of safety for manufacturers to follow as they produce new garage doors. Even with these in place, there are several issues that can prevent your garage door safety sensor from working properly.
If you have issues with your sensors frequently getting knocked out of line, you can usually solve this issue for good with garage door sensor guards. These guards wrap around the units, so that they can’t be bumped out of line and afford an additional layer of protection from everyday wear and tear.
Our technicians can have these units installed quickly and professionally both for on-track or wood framing-mounted units. We always recommend having sensor guards installed with any new garage door opener installation. They’re relatively inexpensive and help prolong the useful life of your garage door sensor unit.