Broken Garage Door Remote? A Step by Step to Getting Your Opener to Work

There once was a time when a garage door opener was a teenager running through the rain to open the door for the family luxury van. These days, we tend to take the remote for granted. But when the garage door opener remote stops working it can seem like the entire world’s ground to a halt. You mean we need to pull open the garage the old-fashioned way like it’s 1976?

How Old are the Batteries?

Fortunately, the solution to a garage door opener remote not working tends to be simple. In fact, the first thing you should do is check the batteries. It may sound silly, but one of the most common reasons for remote failure is a dead battery. In fact, we’ve started stocking our supply truck with extra batteries because so many emergency calls just needed some AAAs. The solution is so obvious it could bite you on the nose.

It’s also worth checking the battery contacts. If the inside of the battery case gets wet, dirty, or worn, this can cause a connection problem. Try polishing the ends with sandpaper or steel wool.

How’s the Sensor?

You should also take a soapy rag and clean the eyes at the end of the remote. It’s also worth cleaning up the eye on the receiving unit. These can get grimed up with dirt overtime so neither receives the signal. If the plastic is scratched, you can polish it using a specialized plastic polishing agent.

Time for a System Reset?

In the end, you might just need to reset the system. Remotes and openers are mini-computers. They bug out from time to time and need to be reset. Remove the batteries for about 30 seconds and reinstall them. Reset the receiver by unplugging it for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.