My Garage Door Won’t Close During the Day

Garage door openers are installed with sensors to enhance the security of any given house. This has been the case since 1993, where all garage doors that were being sold in the United States had to be installed with safety eyes or the standard 2 part optical sensors. The modern garage doors employ the following two systems in creating a functional and safe garage: garage door wired to the house and are the remotely powered system. This utility proves to be very efficient and safe for most homeowners. When these two systems don’t work it’s highly possible to experience issues like when your garage door won’t close.

The safety eyes function as electronic detectors. They are able to detect if someone or something is under the door. Sensors are electronic devices that enhance the safety of a garage, by preventing the garage door from closing on people, pets or objects that are in the doorway. The sensors are usually placed above the flooring at each opening side of the garage door. One side you will find the sensor transmitter usually known as the sender and the other side you will find the sensor receiver. The sensors generate a low voltage beam that will complete the electrical circuit when the door is opened.


If your garage door won’t close during the day but works at night it is most likely a sensor issue. Garage doors work on infra-red light. Rays from the sun contain infra-red, when the sensors get old, the sunlight will interfere with the functionality of the sensors. Thinking the door is obstructed, the opener will perform “emergency reverse”. In some openers, a clicking noise will sound from the open faulty garage door, sensors will make the garage remote or wall button to not function properly, hence the garage door failing to operate as expected.

In some cases, you will find the garage door will only be able to move an inch in the closing direction before reversing. Another scenario is the door will be traveling down towards the closing position and then begin reversing anywhere along the rail in the opposite direction.

The best solution American Veteran Garage recommends for this problem will be to change the safety sensors. This should resolve the problem and your garage door will go back to working as normal.

If your garage door has trouble closing on sunny days, it might be because the sensors are getting blinded by the light. Moving your sensors out of the sun can be a pain, especially since sunlight changes angles and directions throughout the day. Instead, you can use a few simple DIY hacks to block the sun from your sensors so your garage door closes automatically.

1. Cut a toilet paper tube so it’s 2 to 4 in (5.1 to 10.2 cm) long. You can also use a paper towel tube, a wrapping paper tube, or a plastic wrap tube. Use a knife to trim it down until it’s just a bit longer than your sensor.
  • If the tube is too long, it could block your sensor completely.
2. Slide the tube over the electric eye. Situate the tube so it’s centered over the electronic eye. If your tube has bent at all, straighten it out so it doesn’t block the sensor completely
  • The sensor is usually near the bottom of the garage door track close to the opening of your garage.
3. Tape the tube to the back of the sensor. If you’re worried about your cardboard tube wiggling around, grab a few pieces of duct tape and secure it in place. Again, make sure the tube isn’t blocking the path of the sensor so your garage door still works.
  • The tube will keep the light from blinding the sensor while still leaving room in front for it to work!

Your Safety Matters the Most!

If your garage door is not  in good condition, then it may be good to call on an expert when dealing with the dangerous tension that makes garage doors work. Garage door springs are under significant stress, which can cause accidents for inexperienced homeowners who try self-repairing them without proper knowledge of how they should go about it.

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American Veteran Garage Door Repair of Las Vegas is a garage door repair company specializing in servicing and installing all types of residential and commercial garage doors. We have been repairing, replacing, and installing garage doors for years. Our technicians are experienced professionals who will provide you with the best service possible. Whether your issue is with your unbalanced garage door or just the springs on your door, we can help! 

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