Garage doors are large, spring-supported doors. Garage door openers control the opening and closing of garage doors, either through a wall-mounted switch, a radio transmitter, or both. Due to the strain that garage door components and openers regularly endure, they may become defective over time and need to be fixed or replaced. Defective components may create safety hazards as well as functional deficiencies to the garage door assembly.
Dangers of a Garage Door
The following facts demonstrate the dangers posed by garage doors:
Garage Door Components
The following components should be present during inspections and devoid of defects:
7. Photoelectric Sensors or a Door Edge Sensor. Garage doors manufactured in the U.S. after 1992 must be equipped with either of these sensors.
Photoelectric eye attached to the garage door rail. There is one on each side that detects when something passes through the opening while the door is going down.
Safety Advise for Homeowners
Garage doors and their openers can be hazardous if certain components are missing or defective. Homeowners should understand and learn about these dangers, and should contact a licensed garage door technician if any safety defects are discovered.