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Fallen Leaves Can Keep Garage Doors from Working Properly

Fall leaves are lovely… on the trees. Once they cover the ground, however, they could turn into a problem. Be sure to keep leaves out of your garage and away from your garage door opener’s safety sensors. If a pile of leaves blocks the garage door sensors, your garage door opener will not close properly.

Here’s Why:

If anything finds itself in the path of a closing garage door, you’ll want the door to sense something in its path and automatically stop closing. Your garage door’s safety sensors are critically important for all homeowners, but especially those with pets or children. Garage doors are very heavy and accidents involving them occur all too frequently.

Safety sensors are located on either side of the garage door, and they face each other. You’ll find yours either on the garage door tracks or on wall brackets beyond the track. These sensors work by transmitting an infrared laser back and forth between them. When anything breaks this laser connection by stepping between it, the door will stop closing and instead rise back to where it was. Sometimes fallen leaves, debris, or spider webs might block them, interrupting the laser connection and preventing the door from closing.

If you can’t see any obvious To clean and check your sensors, remove all debris and wipe the lens of each sensor. If the LED lights on the sensors are blinking, either something is blocking the beam or the sensors aren’t aligned with each other. If the LED lights are glowing steadily your garage door opener should be working properly. Enjoy the fall season!


If this still didn’t do the trick, you could try to re-align your sensors yourself, or you could get our help with any garage door problems. We even do same-day repair! Request a service visit or call us: (612) 276-3891 or (651) 967-7373.

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Very happy experiences with Metro Door. We've used them before, to install a new opener and for repairs from backing into the door. Always prompt, professional, friendly, and reasonably priced. This time, we needed to replace a 30-year-old opener on our seldom-used small door. After analyzing our situation, the technician, Randy, provided a much better strategy -- moving the 5-year-old opener to the small door and installing the new opener on the big door (the one we use all the time). This also allowed us to install a really quiet belt-driven opener on the big door. Thanks Randy! Great experience all around.
Kathy Johnson

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I had a new garage door installed. My initial garage door had a weird problem -- it opened by itself! Our technician came out and was just fantastic. He replaced the opener (the maker of the opener, for instance, tried to send me a part that I could replace on a week-old opener). They fully replaced the opener and the wire and it works great. And Randy was exceedingly professional and helped me understand everything. Great service.

Jonathan Maze

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Outstanding service and great pricing! My garage door flipped out and luckily someone referred me to this firm. From the minute they answered my call until the door was fixed, they were simply great. Very prompt, courteous and very trustworthy. The tech was Dana and he was just wonderful answering all my questions and making excellent suggestions. The door has never operated so well and so quiet!. Thanks again for a great job.
Joan Brandes

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