How to Troubleshoot a Garage Door Remote

It’s frustrating. Your door usually works on command — as reliable as the remote for the TV. But at the end of a long hard day, you pull into the driveway, push the button on your garage door remote, and nada. Nothing happens. Your garage door opener doesn’t even seem to care that you’re home. What’s the problem? Why won’t your garage door remote work? Fortunately, it’s likely something simple that you can fix yourself. Let’s troubleshoot the issue.


The first step to garage door opener repair is to check the batteries of your remote. Our technicians have found that 95% of the time, this ends up being the issue. It’s such a simple solution it’s easily overlooked. But the truth is we never send out an emergency repair truck without batteries because we know a dead battery is often the culprit.

Next, check the electrical connection. If your garage door opener plugs in, make sure the plug is still connected. Check the fuse box. See if any fuses have flipped. If a light or outlet near the garage door opener is also out, chances are you’ve got a blown fuse. It’s an easy garage door repair but takes some troubleshooting to get to the root of the issue.


Next, check your proximity to the garage door. You might just be too far away. It’s also possible the antenna or sensor on your garage door opener has been damaged or bent. Try the wall unit and see if the door still functions.


Finally, try reprogramming the garage door opener. This is a common problem after a power outage. Locate the brightly colored, square “learn” button — likely on the back of the garage door opener. Hold it down and work the remote until the sensors line up. Once lined up, your garage door opener should be in great repair.

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