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Old 03-02-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Hello, my entry door magnets are going bad the steps do not come out unless I tap on the magnet thats n the door frame. Do I have to replace both and where do I purchase them. Thanks
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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One is a magnet and the other is a magnetically operated reed switch.
The ones I have seen are in a sealed glass tube and rarely go bad. The reed switch will have a couple of wires coming out that connect to the step control board.
Depending on the age some switches are normally closed and some are normally open. You should be able to use a multimeter and see if it operates when a magnet is placed close to it.
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The sensor on the door frame is bad, the one on the door is just a piece of steel to activate the magnet in the other sensor.
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Try holding a magnet there.

The factory ones are not the best and get weak.

If it then works, locate an old hard drive, tear it apart and inside are very strong flat magnets that you can epoxy over the original, will work great
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Thanks for the quick replies, I'm at the RV show in Oaks Pa (valley forge area) drolling over these shinny new ones, I'll work on it Sunday.
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The sensor on the door frame is bad, the one on the door is just a piece of steel to activate the magnet in the other sensor.
What make steps do you have? I have never seen any step that did not use a magnet and reed switch combo.
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On my motor home the step is activated with a proximity sensor like that used on house window alarm systems.
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