It's been over five weeks since the Summer Solstice on June 21st. The daylight hours have been getting shorter ever since. As some would say "The days are getting shorter." Over the past three weeks we have really started to notice the earlier sunsets.
We are now losing an average of one minute and thirty seconds of daylight per day and this rate is increasing. Since June 21st (Summer Sosltice) we have lost 33 minutes of daylight and between August 1st and September 1st we will lose another hour of daylight. This will continue until we reach the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The sun will set at 4:39pm on December 21st. That's before many of you get off work.
Right now you're probably asking yourself what a garage door has to do with losing daylight. Well it just so happens that the time the direct sunlight hits your garage door has been changing as well. More importantly the garage door safety sensor. So depending on what time of day you leave the house in the morning or get home in the evening, it's possible you have not been able to close your garage door with the remote. The direct sunlight could be tripping your garage door safety sensor.
This is the current view from my safety sensor in the morning hours.
I was having to get out of my truck and do a manual override because the sunlight was shining directly into one of my safety sensors. I asked if anyone else on my Facebook page was having the same problem. It didn't take long to find the answer and from all the replies it looked like I wasn't the only one with this problem.
The most common answer I got on Facebook was to switch the locations of the safety eye sensors.
In order for your garage door to continue closing, the photo eyes in the safety sensors must be able to see each other. When the sun angle is at a certain point the direct sunlight blocks the infra-red beam from the transmitter to the reciever. When this happens the garage door will stop closing and hit reverse. This is because of safety rules put in place by the federal government in the early 1990s. This is what keeps your garage door from closing on small children, pets and anything else in the way. When the eye senses the direct sunlight is thinks something is in the way.
It took me about five minutes to fix the problem. All I needed to do was switch them. Mine were attached with wing nuts and I didn't need any tools. Just make sure your sensors are aligned if you are still having troubles.
The sensor in the direct sunlight.
The sensor in the shade. Got the green light!
The garage door now closes. Case closed. Now I just need to find some time to clean the garage.
Hope this helps if you have the same problem.
WAFF 48 Storm Team