When you arrive home in your car and press the button on your garage door remote, you expect your garage door to open so you can conveniently and safely park your vehicle inside.
But what if nothing happens when you press the button on your garage door opener remote? Firstly, you’ll have to get out of your car and manually open your garage door. And, secondly, you’ll be wondering why your remote didn’t operate as usual.
The following are the most common reasons why nothing happens when your automatic garage door remote control stops working as expected:
Depleted Remote Control Battery
One thing that happens with any remote control, whether it’s for your garage door, car, or TV inside your home, is that their batteries will eventually get depleted. There is typically no warning that alerts you when it’s time to replace your remote control battery.
You’ll simply find that one day pressing a button on your garage door remote control results in nothing happening. Fortunately, batteries are easy to source and replace. It just means you have to manually open and close your garage door until you replace the batteries.
Disrupted Remote Control Signal
What happens if installing fresh new batteries in your remote control makes no difference? The next thing to consider is a remote control signal disruption. There are usually two reasons why that might happen:
The remote control is out of range
You should be within twenty feet or six meters of your garage door before attempting to use the remote control.
The door opener antenna got damaged
A door opener antenna should have no debris covering it or appear broken, plus it should be pointing towards the door.
Your Remote Needs Reprogramming
Are you still having no luck with your garage door remote control? The next thing to try is reprogramming your remote control. Did you know that the signal association between your remote control and the door opener can get disrupted - even with regular use?
One simple way to rule that problem out is by reprogramming the remote control. The process usually involves pressing the ‘learn’ button on your garage door opener, then press and hold a button on your remote control until you get a blinking LED light confirmation.
Malfunctioning Remote Control
One valid reason for an inoperative garage door opener might be due to a circuit board fault with the remote control itself. In those cases, the solution is to replace it with a brand new one and reprogram it to your door opener unit as per the instructions above.
Water ingress or fluid spills on the remote control can cause problems like corrosion on the circuit board. Heat damage can also affect the soldered components on the circuit board, resulting in ‘dry joints.’
Malfunctioning Garage Door Opener
Lastly, if all the above tips have failed to yield a solution, it’s likely your garage door opener unit is faulty. The issue might be due to a wiring malfunction or some other internal problem.
Sometimes, a blown GFI (Ground Fault Interpreter) can also be the cause, so it’s worth checking that before assuming your garage door opener is broken. A blown GFI can stop the garage door opener from functioning correctly, and it’s something you can easily reset.