Failing garage door openers mystify local neighborhood

John Frederick reprogrammed his remote controls and “got them working again, but not the keypad on the door. It’s going to cost $50, $60 (for a new one). So, I’m not a happy camper. Somebody’s got to mitigate it.”

When more than 60 remote-controlled garage door openers recently went on the fritz at Warrenton’s Olde Gold Cup subdivision, homeowners blamed it on something in the air.

Like scores of other neighbors, her wireless system failed about two weeks ago, recalled Jackie Fincham of Black Sweep Road.

“I used to be able to open my garage door out here on the street at my next door neighbor’s driveway,” explained Mrs. Fincham, 70. “I could come up the street and push (the remote button) in the vehicle and the garage door would open.

“Then, I noticed it wasn’t opening until I got closer and closer to the house. And then it got so it wouldn’t open at all.”

A few homeowners in adjacent Silver Cup Estates also have noted garage door opener problems, according to Betty Compton, who coordinates Olde Gold Cup’s Neighborhood Watch group.

As of Oct. 30, “there have been over 70 OGC and/or Silver Cup residents who have reported as being affected by the ‘frequency interference’,” Ms. Compton wrote in an email to the subdivisions’ residents.

Ms. Compton gave a list of affected homeowners and their comments to the Warrenton Police Department.

Olde Gold Cup has 214 homes and Silver Cup Estates, 55.

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