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Six Reasons Why Your Garage Door Remote Isn’t Working

If your garage door won’t open, you may be assuming that the whole opener system is out of commission. Don’t worry! The issue is probably not as big as it seems and there are troubleshooting steps that you can take to get the garage door working again. Let’s take a look at six simple things that may be the source of your garage door troubles.

1. The Remote Battery Is Dead

The first thing you should check is your remote battery. More often than not, this is the reason garage doors won’t open. Simply swap out the battery for a fresh one and test the remote. If it works, discard the old battery so it doesn’t get mistaken for a new one in the future.

2. Your Control Panel Is Locked

Check the control panel on your garage wall to see if it has been locked. The lock button should be easy to identify, as it is usually labeled with a lock icon. Because of its placement, the lock can be easily activated by accident.

3. The GFI Has Been Engaged

A ground fault interpreter outlet, or GFI, is intended to prevent a faulty flow of electricity in your home. If the GFI has been engaged, your garage door opener may not work. To reset the GFI, simply press the reset button on the outlet and test out your remote. If it works, you can celebrate your accomplishment and move on with your day.

4. The Remote Needs to Be Reprogrammed

Garage door remotes sometimes need a reset to work optimally. To reset your remote, press the learn button on the garage door opener itself until the small light on the opener flashes, then press the desired button on your remote. You typically must press the remote button within 30 seconds to successfully pair the remote with the opener.

5. Something Is Blocking the Signal

Check your signal receiver to make sure nothing is blocking it and that it’s not dusty or damaged. Additionally, some motion detectors or alarm systems can send out signals that interfere with garage door remote signals. If the antenna is damaged or you suspect signal interference, you may want a professional to take a look at the situation.

6. The Whole System Needs to Be Reset

If the above troubleshooting steps did not remedy your garage door remote issue, try resetting your whole opener system. To do this, unplug the opener for a minute and then plug it back in. Once power is restored to the system, test out your remote. If it still does not work, a garage door technician may need to do a more thorough investigation to fix the issue.

At Bayside Garage Doors, we know that a working garage door is an integral part of any home. We hope you don’t need our services, but we are ready 24/7 to help if garage door problems arise. 

If you live in Tampa or the surrounding areas and need help troubleshooting your garage door remote issues or would like to schedule a service appointment with one of our talented technicians, reach out to us today at (813) 433-7395!