How to Check the Safety Reverse Feature of Your Garage Door

  • Published on February 1, 2022

Homeowners don’t give much thought to the safety features of their garage doors once they have been installed and have been in use for a while. But it is important that homeowners perform regular maintenance checks on their garage doors, or they hire a professional to service the door and keep it working properly for years to come. Ensuring that your garage door can open and close easily and properly can prevent people from getting hurt, and help you get the most out of your investment in the long run.

How Garage Doors Detect Objects

If your garage door is working properly, it should be able to detect resistance from an object in its path and start to retract again on its own. This prevents people from getting hurt, vehicles from being damaged and other unforeseen accidents from occurring on your property because of faulty garage doors.

How to Check the Reverse Feature

In order to actually test the functionality of the reverse feature of your garage door, you’ll need a piece of sturdy wood or metal that won’t decompress when the garage door touches it. If you place the piece of wood or metal in the center of the door and then operate the garage door normally, your garage door should detect the presence of an object and start to retract again into its upright position. If the door continues to push against the object that you placed between the door and the ground, there is a good chance that the reverse feature of the door is broken.

In the video below, Ryan will give us a demonstration of how to check the reverse mechanism.


All Garage Doors are Different

Not all garage doors are created equally, and it’s important to ask if the garage door opener you have purchased offers this type of feature. There are several popular brands on the market today that are sold and serviced by Doors Direct that offer this safety-focused feature. Garage doors come in all shapes and sizes and add beauty and depth to your home, garage, and property. Investing in a garage door can be an important finishing touch to the look of your home and property, and it’s important that your garage door functions properly for your safety and for the safety of those around you.

What Should You Do if The Garage Door Doesn’t Reverse?

In order to prevent further damage to your garage door, and to prevent any future injuries as a result of a malfunctioning garage door, it’s important that you call a professional maintenance crew, like the knowledgeable staff at Doors Direct, to service the garage door as soon as possible. A problem with the reverse function of your garage door might be indicative of other problems so having it checked out by a professional garage door specialist will ensure your garage door is working again faster, better, and longer.

There are a number of ways that your garage door can be repaired in order to keep it functioning as expected. In some instances, a garage door operator may need to be replaced, but for the most part, ensuring that the reverse feature of your garage door is working as it should is easily determined. Because homeowners can conduct this test at home on their own, they can provide more information to the maintenance company upon calling to save the homeowner time and money in the overall repair of the broken garage door.

Contact Doors Direct

For all of your garage door needs and repairs, contact Doors Direct today to speak to one of your knowledgeable garage door specialists. We can help you determine if something is wrong with your garage door, or if your door needs a slight adjustment.


This blog was originally posted in September 2017 and has been updated in February 2022.