What to Do If Your Garage Door Remote Isn’t Working

Broken garage door remote

Is your garage door remote not working? At Skylift Garage Doors, we understand how frustrating this can be. Your garage door remote is a crucial part of your garage door system. If it’s not working, it can disrupt your daily routine.

We will help you understand why the problem is occurring in the first place and provide troubleshooting steps for your garage door remote. If troubleshooting fails to resolve the issue, our team of skilled professionals is ready to provide assistance in acquiring a new garage door opener or remote. Call today, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Understanding the Problem

Before attempting a garage door repair, it’s helpful to know if the problem you’re experiencing is due to a broken or malfunctioning garage door remote. Below, you will find specific problems that could indicate an issue with the remote itself (instead of another part of your garage door system).

Signs Your Garage Door Remote Is Not Working

  • The garage door doesn’t respond when the remote control button is pressed
  • The garage door opens but doesn’t close, or vice versa
  • The door remote works intermittently
  • The door lock button on the wall-mounted control panel is engaged
  • The LED light on the remote or control panel doesn’t light up

Reasons Your Garage Door Remote May Not Be Working

Now that you know the reason your garage door isn’t operating properly is due to the remote, it’s time to pinpoint why the issue is occurring. There could be several reasons why your garage door remote control has stopped functioning. The most common issue is dead batteries. Alternatively, there could be an issue with the garage door opener’s remote signal or the opener’s receiver board.

In some cases, the garage door remote stop function could be engaged, or there could be RF interference from your neighbor’s garage door opener disrupting the signal. Physical damage to the garage door remote itself or the control wiring can also cause it to malfunction.

How LED Lights Cause Interference With Garage Door Openers

It may surprise you, but your garage door opener remote may not be working properly due to the LED lightbulbs used around your home. LED lights can sometimes interfere with garage door openers due to their electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues. This interference occurs because both LED lights and garage door openers emit electromagnetic radiation in the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum. When LED lights are poorly designed or shielded, they can generate RF noise that disrupts the signals between the remote control and the garage door opener. This can result in issues such as the door not responding to remote commands or erratic behavior.

To prevent interference, it’s essential to choose LED lights that comply with EMC standards and are labeled as “garage door opener compatible.” These lights are designed to minimize RF interference, allowing both devices to operate without disruptions. Alternatively, installing ferrite chokes or filters on the LED light’s power supply can help suppress electromagnetic noise. Understanding the potential interference and taking appropriate measures can ensure that your LED lights and garage door opener work harmoniously in your home.

Troubleshooting Steps

Start by checking the garage door remote batteries. Replace them if they’re dead or low. If that doesn’t work, check for any RF interference from other devices in your home. You can also try resetting the garage door opener remote or reprogramming it.

If your garage door remote still isn’t working, check the wall outlet power source and the opener remote for any signs of damage or wear. It’s also worth checking if there’s been a recent power surge that could have affected your garage door system.

Does Your Garage Door Need a Lift? Contact Skylift Garage Doors Today for a Remote Replacement!

If you’ve tried all the troubleshooting steps and your garage door remote is still not working, it’s time to seek professional help. Skylift Garage Doors provides a wide range of services dedicated to garage doors. With expertise in installation, repair, and garage door remote services, we ensure your garage door functions flawlessly and efficiently. Trust us to handle all your garage door needs. Contact us today for a remote replacement or a comprehensive inspection of your garage door system.