How to Shield the Electric Eyes on a Garage Door Opener From the Sun

Garage door openers have several safety features to protect the door and opener from damage as well as protect against personal injury. One of these features is the electric eye at the bottom of the door track. The electric eye emits an infrared beam. When the beam is obstructed, the opener will not close the garage door. Sometimes nature interferes with the electric eye. If your morning or afternoon sun hits the eye at just the right spot, it can obstruct the beam. In this situation it is necessary to shield the electric eye on the garage door opener from the sun.

Step 1

Cut an empty toilet tissue tube or paper towel roll into 4-inch long sections with a pair of scissors.  Any type of round tube that will fit over the electric eye and mounting bracket will work.

Avoid bulky or solid materials that are not flexible. 

Step 2

Fit the tube over the electric eye and its mounting bracket.  Leave 2 inches of the tube hanging past the end of the eye.

This is usually enough to prevent direct sunlight from interfering with the eye. 

Step 3

Tape the opposite end of the tube securely to the electric eye body and mounting bracket with duct tape or thick packing tape.  Avoid taping around the wires and wire connection.

Things You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper or paper towel tube
  • Duct tape or thick packing tape

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.