What To Do When the Garage Door Remote Stops Working

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What To Do When the Garage Door Remote Stops Working

You’re finally home from a long day of work, but when you try to open the garage and park the car, you can’t get in.

What do you do when the garage door remote isn’t working anymore?

You probably use your garage often for your vehicle and possibly storage, so having a functional remote is pretty important.

If you’d like to learn more about what you can do when your garage door remote doesn’t seem to work like it used to, keep reading to see what you can find.

Why Did The Garage Door Remote Stop Working?

There are actually a lot of reasons why the remote for your garage door may suddenly not function as normal.

Just like the regular maintenance you should perform on the garage door, the remote has simple things that it may need to be done as well to do what it needs to do.

The problem may not be as serious as you think. When you have technical problems around the house, it can be stressful. Don’t panic!

Some of the simple things that may be reason for the malfunction are:

  • Dead batteries in the remote
  • Out of range of the garage door
  • Remote needs to be reset
  • Battery contacts are dirty, worn out, or wet 

Most of these issues can be fixed at home without a lot of effort. The good news is that typically when your remote is not working, it is due to one of the listed reasons above.

What Can You Do To Fix It?

If the batteries within the remote are dead, you can switch them out for new batteries. This may be all you have to do!

However, if the remote still doesn’t work after trying new batteries, there likely is another problem. You can try getting closer to the garage door and the device that detects the signal. When you are too far away, the device won’t be able to detect anything.

If your garage door remote is still not working as it should, you can try to reset it. To do this, you need to find the manual and see if there is a simple way to reset the remote without having to reinstall the entire system.

Lastly, you can try to clean the battery contacts and see if this helps the device. The battery contacts are the little pieces inside the remote that connects to the batteries. If they look discolored or pitted, they likely need to be cleaned.

When To Call A Professional

If you try all of the things above and are still struggling with the garage door remote, it may be time to get some extra help. 

The good news is that a professional is going to be able to give you a little more information about the garage door and the remote that controls it, which will help you in the future if you have more problems.

In addition, their experience and knowledge can help with the current issue and get you back into your garage like normal.

If you’d like to get in touch with us to see if we can help you, feel free to contact us and let us know what type of problem you have. 

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