Today, we are fortunate to have access to various useful devices that make our lives easier. One of them is the remote control to open your garage door. The mode of operation is simple: it sends a code to your receiver, also known as a radio transmitter, which is usually located on the ceiling near the garage door and allows you to open your garage door.

Both the garage remote control and the receiver must be set to the same frequency so that they can communicate with each other and set your garage door in motion.

The comfort of this small device is enormous, and this becomes latent when it stops working and you try unsuccessfully to put your remote at different angles and even press the button harder without being able to successfully open your parking door.

Garage Door Opener not working

1. CHECK THE BATTERIES IN YOUR REMOTE CONTROL

The first thing that comes to mind when fixing your garage door remote is to run to the store and buy new batteries. Regarding this, you should know that not all batteries are the same, the use of a higher quality battery guarantees a longer duration for your remote control.

However, before you buy them, you need to do two things. First, open the battery compartment of the remote control and check the battery contacts. If they appear worn or dirty, or even wet, this could be the cause of your problem. It may be necessary to clean or dry the battery contacts before replacing them .

Second, you should check (if you have more than one remote control in the family) that the other remote control for the garage door works. If one remote works and the other doesn’t, you can bet it’s a battery problem. However, it is possible that neither of the two remotes will work, which means you have a bigger problem on your hands.

2. CHECK THE HOUSING OF YOUR GARAGE REMOTE CONTROL 

Both the remote control and the receiver have a plastic cover over the radio transmitter. This plastic cover is made to resist scratching, but if it falls off, it can be scratched.

You can clean the cover of the controller with a soft, damp cloth, allowing the signal to pass through the receiver and not be affected. The plastic cover can also be polished with special plastic polishing agents.

Unfortunately, if the remote control cover is scratched or dented, you will most likely need to purchase a new remote control.

3. POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE BETWEEN THE REMOTE CONTROL AND THE RECEIVER

Since both the receiver and the remote control have already been tested, you may want to check if there is anything that may be interfering with the receiver. Something could be blocking the transmitter, even something as simple as cobwebs or debris.

Clearing the space between the remote control and the receiver  could improve the signal between them. You should also check the antenna as sometimes a simple adjustment by moving it to the side could solve the problem.

4. RESTART YOUR PARKING REMOTE AND THE RECEIVER

If you have tried the simplest fixes but none of them have been successful,  there is a possibility that your receiver and garage door remote need to be readjusted. Both devices are like small computers, and sometimes they need to be rebooted.

Removing the batteries from the remote control for about 30 seconds, as well as pressing the PROG / LEARN button on your receiver for about 15 seconds will reset both devices, thus solving the problem. Please note that you will need to re-register the controller to get it working again.

5. RESET THE CODES ON THE REMOTE AND RECEIVER

Sometimes the code that sends your remote to the receiver does not arrive as it should, so you may have to reset it so that both the remote and the receiver can communicate. To erase the codes from your remote, find the LEARN / PROG button on the receiver and hold it down for about 10 seconds. The led light on your receiver will turn off, which means the codes have been erased.

You can then reprogram it by pressing and holding the LEARN / PROG button on your receiver for about 2 seconds until the LED lights up, and then pressing the button on the remote control for a couple of seconds. Normally you will hear a new beep or the programming led will flash indicating that it has been successfully registered. When the receiver exits programming mode, the receiver’s LED will blink or two beeps will be heard.

Test your remote control by pressing the open / close button.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is the general procedure, but some receivers may have another way of being respected, if you cannot reset it, look for the original manual of your receiver.

IF NONE OF THIS WORKS, YOU MAY HAVE TO CHANGE RECEIVERS

It is possible that none of the above solutions worked. In that case you will have to accept the fact that the problem is not the remote control, but the receiver. In this case, the receiver itself will have to be replaced or choose to put a receiver in parallel.

parallel receiver allows you to continue using the original remotes (if they work) and also add the possibility of registering new universal remotes, without the burden of the originals and without the difficulty of the same. Putting a receiver in parallel is a simple process if you have basic electrical notions, but you can call an electrician since they will not charge you much and make sure it works correctly. 

You will need to buy a quality receiver with a good range.