How to Be Smart About Smart Locks

How to Be Smart About Smart Locks

Why Has Your Garage Door Remote Stopped Working?

by Lily Dixon

Garage door remotes make opening and closing their doors a breeze. Like any remote control, however, these devices can develop problems. If your remote no longer works on the door, then you'll want to fix it quickly. What are your options?

Check the Remote Is the Problem

While you assume that your remote isn't working if your garage door doesn't budge when you use the device, this isn't always the case. You could have a problem with the door or its general opening mechanism rather than the remote.

So, before you do anything else, try using the manual override inside your garage to open or close the door. If this doesn't work, you have a problem with the door itself. If it works fine, then the remote is the issue.

Check the Remote For Damage

Check the remote's casing for signs of damage. If someone has dropped the remote or it has got wet, then it may stop working.

For example, if the remote was dropped and its battery cover broke, then the batteries might not be held in place correctly. If you can get the battery cover back in place, say with tape to hold it in position, then the remote may start working again.

Check the Remote's Batteries

If the remote looks OK, then you may simply need to change its batteries. Try this even if the remote's light comes on when you press its buttons.

Sometimes, batteries with a low charge have enough power to operate the light on the device. However, they don't have enough of a charge left to operate the door. So, the remote looks like it's working but it isn't.

Try changing the batteries to see if this makes a difference. If the problem was a dead battery or a low charge, then new batteries will get the remote working again. While you're in the battery casing, make sure that it is clean, dry and free from dust. Batteries work best in a clean storage space.

Check if a Locksmith Can Help

If you can't find a reason why your garage door remote no longer works, then you may need to bin this device and to get a garage remote replacement. To get this done quickly, contact local locksmiths.

Most locksmiths stock spare garage door remotes. These may need to be programmed to work on your garage door; however, your locksmith will be able to help you with this too if you aren't sure what to do.


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How to Be Smart About Smart Locks

I just thought my front door lock had to be strong. I didn’t know it could be smart. My old lock became so secure that it just plain fused into the locked position. Secure, but not convenient. When I knew I had to upgrade (unless I permanently wanted to use the back door), I was surprised to learn just how many different kinds of smart locks are on the market, and how they’re not as expensive as I thought. The locksmith quickly installed a new lock, one that allowed me to open it with my smartphone and even had a video intercom (fantastic for when I want to pretend I’m not at home). But there are so many different types of smart locks, with many different capabilities, so it was great to find all the information compiled on a single website so I could make an informed decision.