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Why Did My Garage Door Remote Stop Working?

Why Did My Garage Door Remote Stop Working?

There are few things more frustrating than a garage door remote that isn’t working. Afterall, having a perfectly good garage that’s difficult to gain access to is just like not having a garage at all. Luckily, if you’re having issues with your garage door remote, it’s likely one of four issues.

1. The Lock Button

Many garage door openers have lock buttons, but few people know they are there. The lock button is accessible on the garage door opener or garage door panel and is the first thing you should check if your garage door remote stops working. If the light on the lock button is blinking, the lock function is turned on and you won’t be able to move your door using your garage door remote.

To deactivate the lock functionality, press and hold the blinking lock button, and check to see if your remote is able to control the garage door once again.

2. The Battery

As with any electronics, batteries die, and your garage remote is no exception. If you find your garage door remote not working, the second thing to try is replacing your battery. Most newer garage door openers operate on a 3-volt lithium battery, but there are some older ones that use a 12-volt battery.

When you replace your battery, you may need to reset your remote to sync with your garage door opener once again. There is likely a button on your garage door opener that needs to be pressed while the remote is in the near vicinity and its button is also being pressed. Of course, refer to your owner’s manual for the specifics of your garage.

3. Reprogramming

The third (and fourth potential problem below) requires more time and expertise than the first two on our list, so at this point, it’s best to call a garage door service company like Andrews Overhead Doors. If you’ve already double-checked the lock button and the battery, the first thing the professionals will do is try to reprogram your remote.

The specifics of the reprogramming vary depending on the garage opener model, but typically the process is:
Clear the memory opener
Reprogram the garage remote
Reprogram the garage keypad

Obviously the garage remote and keypad reprogramming require additional steps, but as we mentioned above, these specifics are dependent upon the model.

4. An Electrical Short

If reprogramming your remote didn’t work, your garage professional will start to look for an electrical short within the garage opener. This requires troubleshooting of the individual elements of the opener to determine where the short is. If the short cannot be located, or it would be difficult to replace the affected areas, your professional may suggest a new garage opener.

No matter if you need garage door servicing for your current door or you’re ready for a new garage door, the experts at Andrews Overhead Doors are available for all of your garage needs. Give us a call today!


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  • Tyler Johnson
    August 5, 2020, 6:16 pm REPLY

    That’s good to know that your remote may need to be reprogrammed. I have been having issues with my remote, and I tried changing the battery so that may be the issue. I should think about getting someone to help me with that so I could hopefully get my remote working again.


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