Why Isn’t My Garage Door Remote Working?

Convenience is a luxury we all want to have. That’s why when our garage door remote isn’t working properly, we might be a little frustrated or confused about why. If you’ve read our previous blog about Why Your Garage Door Isn’t Opening and convinced it’s a remote issue, here are a few things you can do:

#1 – The Receiver’s Range

If you’re 20 yards away and it doesn’t work, but it does from 20 feet away, it may be a range issue. The receiver built into garage door openers have a limitation of how far away it’ll accept signals to increase safety. Additionally, the receivers will only accept one signal at a time, so if there’s an electronic device closer to the receiver with the same frequency as the remote, the receiver will accept what’s closer.

#2 – The Beat-Up Battery

If the remote doesn’t work no matter how close you get to the receiver and the wall switch works perfectly, it may be that you have a dead battery or the battery compartment is dirty. Check to see if your battery contacts need to be cleaned and dried, and try opening the garage again. If the problem persists, try replacing the batteries. For the highest quality, we recommend using name-brand batteries to ensure proper voltage and maximum lifespan.

#3 – Reprogramming the Remote

If all previous efforts to fix the remote has failed and you’ve tried everything from our previous blog, try resetting the system. Check your manual to see how to properly reset your remote and receiver. Most systems are easily rebooted by unplugging or removing the power source for at least 30 seconds before repowering.

Typically, remote errors are simple fixes. If these tips aren’t working for you, you may have another issue on hand with the receiver or the door. Feel free to give us a call at any time and we’d love to help you however we can.