Why does the temperature affect the gate closing sensors? battery new in May 2015. Gate will not close at less than 55* this is a recent problem, 11 year old system. new battery 5/2015. Is there something that needs replaced or up graded?

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55 degrees f is 12 degrees c which is getting close to freezing
I would be checking any ground points and cable connections for corrosion, rust and anything that affects resistance
check the operating temperature range of the capacitor for the motor as it may be affecting the capacitor ability to function
At 11 years and cold it could be bearing problems and lubrication
Also remember that batteries do not work well when very cold (battery failure in cars when the cold weather begins)
Is the battery charger operational ,keeping the battery fully charged
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