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Door reverses about 1 foot from floor.

Both sensors are showing green lights. how can I override, or test the sensors?

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  • taylour Feb 09, 2009

    My garage door is reversing about a foot from the floor and I can't get it to open.

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You can overridride by pushing and hold wall button. If the door goes down and reverses up about a foot from the floor it could be a force setting issue on the opener or an issue with the door. First, pull the handle on the opener and operate the door manually a few times to make sure it opens and closes freely. You should be able to open and close the door with one hand or there is a problem with the door. If you determine that the door is ok then look at the force setting knobs. They are located on the back and have numbers from 1-10. These should be set on about 4-5 for the upforce and the downforce. I hope this helps.

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