My garage door opens fine with the remote or the button. Will only close by holding the button down. I have unhooked the sensors and have disconnected the door from the opener and have the same problem. The sensors or door drag have been bypassed. What should I try next?

  • I don't think you were correct in the method used to bypass the sensor.
    – Tyson
    Aug 23, 2016 at 19:45

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Having to hold down the button is a classic "something has interrupted the beam" symptom. Simply disconnecting the sensors will not bypass this behavior. If it did, then a sensor failure would cause the door to work anyway, creating a safety issue.

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    you should explain in you answer what the beam is and what interrupting the beam means for Royce and anyone else who finds this "answer" by a web search.
    – Alaska Man
    Aug 23, 2016 at 18:32

As longneck described, it sounds like there is something interrupting the beam that detects if an object is in the way of the closing garage.

If you look at each end of the garage opening near the ground, there will be two little "detectors." They're typically attached to the rails that the garage door travels up and down on. One of these detectors shoots a "beam" across to the other. If this beam is broken, or never gets back to the detector that shot it out, the door will think something is in the way and won't close properly.

Chances are there's nothing actually in the way and instead, one of the detectors got bumped out of alignment. You should hook all of the wires back up how they were and then check the sensors for alignment. You should be able to fairly easily bend them on an axis to get them to point at one another. Most sensors have a small LED light on them that tells you if they can see one another... play around with the adjustment until the LED lights are lit up and then try your door opener (or closer) again.

  • The sensor (if reflective) or one in the pair could have failed, I usually find the emitter is the one that dies the most often.
    – Ed Beal
    Aug 24, 2016 at 13:40

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