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Submitted by gdcorp on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:51

Does the residential garage door opener have a reversing mechanism and is it in working order?

SAFETY TIP: A faulty or improperly adjusted reversing mechanism on your garage door opener could cause damage to your car or even injure a child or pet that inadvertently gets caught in the way of the closing door. All garage door openers manufactured and installed after 1981 are required to have a reversing mechanism. Many of these can be installed by the do-it-yourselfer. However, we recommend that you have your garage door opener professionally installed, and that you check it periodically, to ensure that the reversing mechanism is in proper working order.

Reversing mechanisms activated by contact can prevent most potential damage or injuries caused by a garage door closing automatically. Properly working "photo eyes" now offer an added safety guard but, if bumped or jarred in any way, photo eyes may be disabled. Required on all garage door openers manufactured and installed after 1993, photo eyes are connected to the bottom of the track and reverse the door when an infrared beam is broken. Safety is improved because nothing actually has to make contact with the door before it reverses. We recommend that you have your garage door opener professionally installed and tested periodically to ensure that it is working properly.  

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