4 Reasons Why Your Garage Door Remote Stopped Working

Faulty or broken equipment could be a severe bother if the reason it is not working is not found and is not fixed on time.

For example, if your garage door remote stops working just after you got in from a long drive, a faulty remote would shoot your frustration over the moon, coupled with the fact that you already feel too tired to lift any heavy workload

What if the remote which was supposed to lock your garage didn’t do that, and burglars ravaging the street noticed your garage closed but unlocked? We do not want to imagine the following scenes.

It might seem draining and very stressful, but these 4 reasons why your garage door remote control stopped working will save you from the continuous unrest and disappointments you might face in the future.

Depleted or Dead Remote Batteries

When was the last time the batteries in your garage door remote were changed? How many years have you been using your remote? Answering those questions might answer why your remote isn’t working and it indicating signs would show that the batteries might have depleted or had wholly died off.

If your remote is not signalling to your garage door and you want to confirm if the transmitter batteries are dead, use the wall-mounted control panel to open the garage door, if it opens, the problem is indeed from your remote.

Also, dead batteries are the common reason why garage door remotes malfunction or cease to work. If the LED light on the remote doesn’t light up when pressed, this is an indication that its batteries might have depleted or had completely died off.

Garage door remote batteries are to be replaced every two years; you can contact your local garage door repair professionals or the inventory shop around you to get new batteries.

Remote Signal Between The Remote & Open Transmitter Disrupted

Another reason why the LED light of your garage door remote might not be working could be because the remote signal between the remote and open transmitter has been disrupted.

You can check this after new batteries have been put into the remote and your garage door still doesn’t respond. You might want to check if you are still in its signalling range or if the opener receiving antennae is functioning as it should.

The signalling range is usually within 20 feet; if it still doesn’t open after standing within 20 feet of your garage door, move to the opener’s antennae and check if it has any excess debris buildup or if it is broken. Contact your local repair professionals to recheck and access the problem and finish up with necessary repairs.

Your Remote Might Be Due For Reprogramming or Reset?

If the batteries are perfectly fine and the LED light is working well, you should begin the process of reprogramming your garage door remote. The reason the signal between your opener and remote being disrupted is because it might need to be reset.

How do you reprogram your garage door remote without professional help? First, locate the opener’s learn button, hold down the button on your garage door remote for three seconds or until the garage door opener’s LED light comes on. Then use the remote to open or close the garage door to check if the reprogramming was a success.

Remember your garage door system is like a mini-computer, and computers do have glitches, the same goes for your garage door system, but unlike reprogramming the system, you do a reset.

You can reset by unplugging the unit for a few minutes and then plug it back right in. Once that is done, use the remote again.

Your Remote Could Be Experiencing RF Iinterference?

Radio Frequency interference occurs when your garage door does not receive signals from the remote as it usually does. It could occur due to motion detectors, electronic game systems, and home alarm systems interfering with the remote’s signal. 

There is not much you can do if this is the problem, and it will be best to contact expert technicians who understand the working of your garage door.

The RF inference could interfere with the Lock Button and cause it to malfunction. Your lock button on the garage door’s wall-mounted control panel could have been engaged as a result of you or your kids accidentally pressing it, causing your garage door’s remote to stop working.

Test the operation of the door through the panel and go through the settings to disengage the lock button.

Other reasons why your garage door remote stopped working could be as a result of the Door Control Wiring Malfunction or a Blown GFI. If your remote doesn’t open or close your garage door, check the door system’s control wiring and test the opener’s wiring. If testing your garage door’s opener’s wiring seems like too much work, get a professional to fix it.

On the other hand, the Ground Fault Interpreter (GFI) protects all electrical appliances in the home from causing damage. Your Home’s GFI is usually installed in the house to prevent overheating. It would cause the garage door to stop functioning when blown out, but it can be easily fixed by resetting the GFI on the wall outlet connected to the garage, although GFI is placed in the laundry or main bathroom.

Whatever the problem might be, prioritize your safety and that of your family by contacting a professional to check it out.

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