Automated garage doors are so practical, especially if you have a busy schedule.
All it takes to open your garage doors is to press a button on your garage opener’s remote and the doors will automatically open for you.
No matter how convenient garage remotes are, they can still act up and malfunction from time to time.
You’ve pressed the button a hundred times, and still, the garage doors won’t respond.
It comes to the point that you have to open the door manually yourself.
Besides, a lot of external factors can affect your remote control performance and cause it to malfunction.
Here are the reasons why your garage door remote may not work consistently.
The most common reason for an unresponsive garage door remote is the batteries.
Most people only change the battery when it is fully used up, as such it’s likely that you just forgot that it’s about to die.
Try to remember the last time you changed your remote’s batteries.
If it’s been working for two years or more, then the battery is dying as they only last for about two years.
An easy solution is to keep spare batteries around the house so you won’t have to run to the store to buy new ones for your remote.
Lock Mode is On
Another easy fix that we often overlook is the lock mode on your garage door.
Make sure that the lock button is off before inspecting whether or not your remote garage door remote is working.
You can check this by lights on the door panel.
Blinking lights signify that you may have engaged the lock button. In this case, all you need to do is to turn it off.
The reason your garage door remote is not working might be a poor remote signal transmission.
You may be too far from the transmitter, or the receiving antennae have been damaged.
The remote’s range is within 20 ft so if it’s working correctly, check your antennae.
Make sure that the antennae are clean, not broken, and pointed towards the door.
If you see that there’s some damage to the antennae, call Overhead Door Repair Pros to fix it for you.
Reprogram the Remote
Should the previous troubleshooting methods fail to work, try reprogramming your garage door remote.
Just follow these steps:
- Press the learn button on your opener.
- Hold it for three seconds or until the LED lights blink.
- Test the remote if reprogramming is successful
You can also watch this short video if you’re not sure what component you should reprogram.
Defective System Control Wiring
Inspect your garage door’s system control wiring if the fixes above still don’t work.
There’s a big chance your garage door remote is not working consistently because of faulty wires.
Check the quality of the garage opener’s wiring with these steps:
- Unplug the automatic opener and disconnect the wires from the motor.
- Reconnect the opener to the power source.
- Clear the opener’s memories and reprogram the remote’s controls.
- Unplug it again and reconnect the wires to the motor.
- Disconnect the wiring of the wall-mounted controls.
- Test the remote to see if it’s working now.
The door should be working after those troubleshooting steps.
However, if the remote still doesn’t function, here’s the one final fix that you could do.
The GFI or Ground Fault Interpreter is a safety measure against any electrical hazards in your home.
It prevents you from getting electrocuted by sensing if your body is receiving shock and cutting off the power before you get seriously injured.
If the GFI was blown, it might stop your garage door from working correctly, even when there’s no real danger.
You can fix the faulty GFI by locating the wall-outlet with the reset button, which you can find in the garage, laundry room, or bathroom.
Press the button and your GFI should restore itself.
You can now test your garage remote again to see if it’s working properly.
In the instance that none of these fixes works, the only thing you can do is to ask for help from professionals.
And Overhead Door Repair Pros are the right guys to fix your garage door problems.
Let Overhead Door Repair Pros Handle Your Garage Issues
If you live in Edmonton or any nearby areas, Overhead Door Repair Pros are just the right local experts to call for your garage problems.
Troubleshooting faulty remotes is the least we can do for you.
Our full arsenal of knowledge and experience allows us to provide services such as spring replacements, cable repairs, and more.
Call (587) 804-2072 and get the best service for your garage doors, courtesy of Overhead Door Repair Pros.