|Item Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.6 x 10 x 3.5 inches|
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AutoCloser Automatic Garage Door Closer
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- Deter theft and restore peace-of-mind by making sure your garage door is closed
- Audible and visible alerts before closing provide extra safety
- Installs easily in minutes to almost any garage door opener
- Battery: AC powered; Requires 110V power outlet.
- Weight: 1.7 lbs.
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Have you ever left for work in the morning only to realize that you accidentally left the garage door open all night long? Restore your peace of mind with the Autocloser-GA, an automatic garage attendant that automatically closes your garage door when you inadvertently leave it open. The Autocloser-GA incorporates the latest micro-controller technology, infrared light sensors and advanced software algorithms to deliver a safe and reliable product — yet it installs onto most garage door openers in minutes! There's even a disable button you can press for those times where you do want to keep the garage door open. Only basic hand tools are needed for proper installation. The unit is AC powered (adapter included). The Autocloser-GA is recommended for use with garage door openers that comply with the latest government safety requirements (i.e. those with automatic reversing mechanisms and electronic photo eye sensors that detect obstructions). If your garage door does not have these government-mandated safety features, replace or update your garage door opener before installing the Autocloser automatic garage attendant.
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Very well packaged and came with EVERYTHING needed to install. Instruction booklet could use some editing, but good enough to get you through the install.
The main unit only takes about 5 minutes to install. Wiring unit to garage door takes another 2 - 5 minutes depending on how long it takes to find the right wire combination. The disable button takes longer if you want to run it all the way over and next to your garage door button. However, the length of time that takes will probably depend on if you have any help, your attic, and how easy you can thread some wire up there. For me, it took another 30 minutes in the attic due to some extenuating circumstances in my attic. For some, this might only be a 5 minute job. In the end, I'm glad I took the time to do it right.
If everyone in your household is tall enough to reach the garage door opener, you could simply velcro the delay button right there at the bottom and raise your arm to push the button. However, my wife is only 5', so I had to put it next to the garage door button.
What I did was drill a hole into the ceiling next to the garage door opener, ran the included wire up and over to where I was going to come down, drilled another hole, and ran it down. I then untwisted the wire to make it neat and stapled it to the wall for a professional look. Then, painted over the wire to match wall and put some drywall stuff in the holes I made in the ceiling. If not for a unique thing going on in my attic, this would have taken me only 5 - 10 minutes in total. Painting and drywall repair took me another 5 minutes.
There will come a time when you have to wire the unit into the garage door opener in the same place as the garage door button. I had six wire going into unit. Easiest way to figure out which is which is to simply pull one wire off/out and then go push the garage door button. If the door opens/closes, you did not find the right set yet. Put it back and pull another wire until you find it. Once you find the set, that's where the AutoCloser will wire into.
So far, so good. Works as expected and I'm really feeling good about having it installed and knowing my garage door won't be left open all night accidentally.
The second reason I deducted stars was one that other's have experienced. There is no possible way 2 strips of velcro are going to hold this box up for years through Arizona summers. I had to design a bracket that I 3D printed so that I could mount it with screws.
Here's the problem with this logic, it doesn't care if the door is open or close, so long as it sees the beam reflected back at it, it triggers the timer and thus activates the door. So like another reviewer, my velcro failed, the device fell from the garage door motor, hanging by it's wires, aiming the beam off something nearby (presumably the garage door motor's plastic housing) and therefore "thinking" the door is open. Trigger goes off, and five minutes later, the door is activated. The door is already in the down position, but nothing tells this device that, so the activated motor puts the door in the up position. And since the device is still beaming the IR beam off whatever, it continued ALL DAY opening and closing(and beeping) while we were at work.
It's an OK product (I wouldn't buy it again) just needs a better mount to the garage door motor housing. Also some way to prevent "stray IR beams" from activating it. I haven't tried, but I bet I could open my garage door if I aimed a tv remote through the garage window for 5 minutes.