Garage door problem: Remote won't open the door

If your garage door remote won't work, it could be the result of a faulty battery or the antenna is out of place.

If your garage door remote won't work, it could be the result of a faulty battery or the antenna is out of place.

One of the most common and frustrating garage door problems occurs when the remote fails to open the door.

"Often the problem occurs, because the remote is just too far away from the door," says Mark Brummond, owner of highly rated Charlotte garage door repair company Garage Door Doctor. So if you're the type of person who hits the remote when you're half a block away from home, try moving a little closer and see if the door will open. However, if you've moved closer and the remote still won't open the door, there are a few other steps you can take to correct the problem.

Once you're inside the garage, check to see if the antenna on the motor is hanging down. If it's not, it could be the culprit. You can also try pushing the garage door button on the wall. If the door opens, the problem is likely a worn-out battery in your remote. Try installing a new battery and attempt to open the door again with the remote. If that works, then you've found the cause. However, if you still have a nonworking remote, you may want to have a professional examine it.

Oftentimes, a faulty garage door remote is a simple fix, and many of the problems that you encounter can be resolved by changing the batteries on a regular basis. It also may prevent another common garage door issue - the door opens and closes by itself.

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