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Why Is My Garage Door Sensor Orange? What It Means And What To Do Next

A garage door sensor is one of those devices that most homeowners don’t think about until it starts not working. If your garage door sensor is orange, there’s probably a problem with it and you need to take action. Here’s what the color means, what to do if it’s orange and how to fix it if it’s not.

What Is a Garage Door Sensor?

A garage door sensor is a safety device that helps keep your garage door open if it is closed improperly. If the sensor detects that the door has been closed, it will send a signal to the garage controller. If the controller doesn’t receive a signal from the sensor within a set amount of time, it will close the door to help protect your possessions.

The orange light on your garage door sensor may mean that there is something obstructing the sensor’s ability to send a signal. Possible causes of an orange light include leaves, dust, or snow on the sensor’s path. If you notice this issue, take action to clear the obstruction and restart the sensor’s operation.

What Causes a Garage Door Sensor to Light Up Orange?

If you have a garage door that is not opening or closing properly, it may be because of a faulty sensor. The sensor is a small, round device that is attached to the bottom of your garage door. When the door is opened, the sensor sends a signal to the opener. If the sensor detects an obstruction in front of the garage door, it will light up orange and keep trying to send the signal until it is cleared.

There are a few things you can do if you notice your sensor turning orange:

-Check to make sure that the sensor is properly connected to the opener. Sometimes this can become disconnected over time and cause the sensor to turn on automatically.

-If you have a newer model garage door opener, make sure that there is enough power being sent to the sensor. Older models may require an extra fuse or outlet close by in order for them to work properly.

-If none of these solutions work, it may be necessary to replace your garage door sensor.

How to Fix a Garage Door that Won’t Open

If your garage door will not open, there is a good chance that the sensor is malfunctioning. In this article, we will discuss what the sensor and its color mean, and how to fix it.

First of all, If your garage door is not opening because of a faulty sensor, your first step is to check if there are any obstructions in the path of the sensor. If there are no obstructions, then the problem may be with the actuator (the mechanism that opens and closes the garage door).

If you decide that the actuator is the issue, you can try to fix it by following these steps:

1. Unplug the power to the garage door opener

2. Remove all screws from the bottom of the actuator

3. Lift up on the actuator and remove it from the wall

4. Check for damage to wires and connectors

5. Reinstall the actuator by following steps 1-4


If your garage door sensor is orange and not green, it means that the battery needs to be replaced. The easiest way to do this is to open the door manually and replace the battery. To make sure this happens regularly, set a timer so that you can start replacing the batteries every two years or so.

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