Do it Yourself: How to Fix a Garage Door Opener when the Remote is not Working

The garage door opener remote control works like a radio that sends signals to the opener. This handy device allows you to open your garage door even if you are away from your house. You don’t need to leave the car to lift up the door on your own. This makes life easier for every homeowner who wants to get off the car inside the safety of the garage or just head out the door in the morning.

If you’re about to open your garage door and your remote does not work, this can be frustrating. This problem is not that easy to diagnose. However, you need to find a way out as a homeowner. This will issue will crop up sooner or later. Being familiar with the troubleshooting procedures when you find yourself in this situation is a must. This is an essential knowledge for every homeowner.

Here are the steps that you should take in order to fix your garage door opener remote on your own:

  1. Check the batteries. The most common cause for remote control breakdown is weak batteries. Check if your batteries need to be replaced. Purchase a fresh set of batteries and replace the ones in your remote. Test your new set of batteries and see if it works. If not, then you might be on to other problems.
  1. Inspect the battery contacts. Open the battery compartment on your remote to check if there is no corrosion inside. Dirty or worn-out contacts inside the compartment can prevent the battery current from reaching the circuit board. If the contacts are looking pitted, these need to be dried and polished. You can use a fine-grit sandpaper for this purpose. Contacts may also loosen up a bit after years of battery replacement so check if the terminals make proper contact.
  1. Clean up the remote and opener eyes. The eyes are the plastic parts covering the infrared unit on both the remote control and the garage door opener. These allow the IR signal to be transmitted from both the remote and the opener. The eyes can get dirty as the years pass by. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe the dirt off. If it looks scratched, polish it using a special polishing liquid. However a badly scratched and pitted eye might need a replacement.
  1. Reset your garage door opener system. Your garage door opener and remote work like mini computers. Sometimes, you just need to reset the entire system to reboot the circuit boards on both the opener and on the remote control. To do this, remove the batteries from the remote for 30 seconds and re-install them. For the receiver, unplug it from the wall socket for 30 seconds and plug it back in. Test it out to see if resetting the system worked for you.s
  1. It might be the antenna. There are times when the garage door remote doesn’t work outside but works inside. If this happens it might be a broken or damaged antenna wire. Sometimes, the antenna is not on visible range. Ensure that it is attached properly and not hanging down from the unit. You can also add wire to your antenna so it is longer and prevents interference from other devices. You can also opt for extenders that sends signals outside the house by running a wire to the garage unit.
  1. Get a universal garage door opener receiver. If you have tried everything and the remote still does not work outside, you may need to purchase a universal garage door opener receiver. This is an optional unit that improves the range of your remote up to 100 yards. The receiver ensures that you do not experience any interference from any device and that your door opens up.

2 thoughts on “Do it Yourself: How to Fix a Garage Door Opener when the Remote is not Working

  1. I am a little surprised that you have to mention changing the batteries in the remote. This is always the first thing I check whether it is the remote for my TV or anything else really. In short, I thought it was common sense. On the other hand, I never thought to clean the remote and opener sensor eyes, which may be common sense to someone else. Thanks for your tips!

  2. I love DIY projects! I can almost tackle everything around my home. When it comes to garage door repair services I normally call a professional. I trust my skills on a lot of tasks but that door is huge and could do some damage if i didn’t do something properly.

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