Garage Door Opener Reception – Garage doors had made our lives easier and offered many conveniences.
However, it is a pain in the neck when your garage door does not open all of a sudden.
Don’t worry, because most of the time, this problem can be attributed to poor remote opener reception.
If that is the only issue of your garage door, fixing it is an easy job.
Here are six ways you can increase your garage door opener.
Take note of the maximum remote distance
The ranges of remote controls for garage doors vary, depending on various factors.
But the typical garage door openers can read commands from remote controls within a range of four to five car lengths away.
If you simply are standing far from your garage door and your garage door opener does not respond to the commands, check if your distance is still within range.
Replace the batteries of the remote openers
You may be receiving poor connection because your remote control may be running on used batteries.
Replacing the batteries of your remote controls can be one of the simplest troubleshooting methods you can try. It’s also easy to do.
The average lifespan of batteries can last up to three to five years.
Old batteries will decrease the response of your garage door openers.
If your remote control is running on batteries older than three years, it can also corrode the metal circuits inside the device.
Make sure you take note of the type of batteries you will be applying to your remote controls.
The standard battery types for garage door remote controls are the CR2032 and CR 2016. The CR2032.
Check for possible reception interferences
One of the reasons that your garage door opener is not responding to your remote control commands is possible interference.
Electrical components and appliances such as TV, cables, fluorescent bulbs and LED lightings can affect the reception.
Even gadgets that use timers, such as alarms and lights and sprinkler systems, can interfere with signal reception.
So, if you recently installed an electrical device near your garage, there is a good chance that the remote controls’ reception may be disrupted.
Fluorescent light bulbs and LED lightings can also cause some interferences in your signal reception.
A small part inside the light bulb referred to as the driver can block your remote control. It can even cause the automatic opening of your garage door.
The bottom line is that you inspect any appliances nearby that use electricity as its power source or fluorescent bulbs or LED lightings, as these may be the causes for your poor signal reception.
Upgrade your remote controls
If the remote control you’re using to open your garage doors is quite old, consider buying new and updated versions of the device.
Due to wear and tear, your remote control may be causing the weak signal.
You can consult your garage door companies and professional technicians for some suggestions and recommendations.
Some garage door repair companies may also run tests on your new remote control.
If you are looking for a new remote control for your garage door, make sure you look for one that has an indicator light feature.
Check out the 374UT Liftmaster Chamberlain universal keychains can be a perfect choice for an upgrade.
You can also opt for the 375UT if you are looking for a visor clip on the remote.
These models work on most brands with a few exceptions.
Install antenna extensions for better signal
Homeowners usually install antennas onto their residential garage door openers.
An antenna can increase the reception of your remote controls, so in case your openers are not properly responding to your remote controls, consider installing these.
Most of the antennas are 10” inch long.
If you want to expand their reach, recommendations include the 86LM or the 86LMT antenna extension mounting kits.
Conduct a troubleshooting test on multiple garage door openers
If you have multiple openers, but they operate on just one remote control, you can conduct this troubleshooting test.
It will also help you determine if whether the problem is with the opener or your remote controls.
You can troubleshoot by unplugging the opener that has a good range and testing your remote control on the opener with the poor reception.
Take note if the latter suddenly has a good range. It may be an indication that you need to replace the light bulb or the logic board.
If you tried all these steps but your garage door is still not working, it’s best that you consult a professional technician.
There are multiple garage door repair companies in Ontario, Kanata, Orléans, and the rest of Ottawa.
These companies are usually reliable and can immediately attend to your garage door concerns.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.