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What to Do Before Replacing Your Garage Door Opener Remote

Duane Ramirez

If your garage door is like most garage doors installed in homes across Australia, it has two operating mechanisms. The first is a wired, wall-mounted switch that can be pressed to open and close the garage door. The second is a handheld remote control device that can be used to operate the garage door from a short distance. The garage door opener remote is both a convenience and security feature, as it allows users to access their garage without having to step out of their vehicle. 

If your garage door opener remote isn't working, you can do your own garage door opener remote control troubleshooting to determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. Below is a troubleshooting guide you should follow before replacing the remote.

Try the Wall Switch

Is the wall switch working? The switch mounted on your garage wall acts as a failsafe feature. In the event that your garage remote's control breaks down, you can revert to normal garage operation by pressing the wall-mounted switch. 

The first thing you should do when you realise that your garage remote isn't working is to check if the wall switch is functioning normally. If the switch is working just fine, it means that it is your garage remote and not the garage door opener itself that is faulty. 

Try New Remote Batteries

In some cases, the problem with your garage door opener remote could be something as trivial as old batteries. If your remote batteries are too old, they may not put out enough power to allow your remote control device to transmit signals to your garage door opener's radio receiver.

Replacing the old batteries with new ones could resolve your problem.

Reprogram the Remote

If your garage door opener remote is programmable, reprogramming it could help get it working properly again. Instructions on how you can reprogram the remote can be found in the device owner's manual. If you can't find your owner's manual, you can download one from the manufacturer's website. 

If you can't resolve your problem despite following the above steps, you may need a garage remote replacement. Use the manufacturer's information to buy the correct replacement for the garage remote. If you can't find an exact model, you can also buy a universal garage door remote, but you'll still need to know the manufacturer's information to make sure the remote is compatible with your garage door opener. 

Contact a company like Frost Security Locksmiths for more information.


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Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

Hi, my name is Olive, and when I was a kid, my dad was a safe manufacturer. I used to love being in his welding shop or accompanying him to jobs to make locks onsite. When I grew up, I did not follow in his footsteps, but I owned a restaurant, and I always thought of my then late father when I put cash into the safe at the end of the night. Through years of being a business owner – sometimes in a not very safe neighbourhood – I learned the importance of locks. I also learned how they can break, how to repair them and how to ensure they in working order. To honor my dad, I wanted to make a blog about locks and safes. Whether you are a business owner, a homeowner or someone curious about becoming a locksmith, I hope you enjoy reading these posts!