How to Know If the Transmitter Batteries Are Dead in a Garage Door Opener
When you were leaving your home this morning to go to work or run errands, did your garage door refuse to open? Garage doors are complex systems using several different mechanisms to raise and lower your door safely and reliably. With most homeowners using their doors at least 1,500 times per year, it’s common that garage doors and openers experience breakages or worn parts.
Many homeowners may fear that their garage door’s refusal to open indicates a larger scale repair issue with their system. Fortunately, sometimes the simplest solution to a garage door not working is that the opener’s remote batteries are dead.
Signs That Your Garage Door Transmitter Batteries Are Dead
While many parts of your garage door are intended to perform for many years without replacement, the batteries in your remotes will need frequent replacement to ensure lasting and dependable door operations. Most garage door remotes use either a lithium ion or 1.5-volt alkaline battery, which will need to be replaced about every two years.
Figuring out if you need fresh remote batteries is made simple by noting the following garage door operating signs:
- Inconsistent operations: If you’re pressing the button on your garage door opener remote and the door only occasionally responds to your commands, your transmitter signal is likely weak due to dying batteries.
- Stuck door: After pressing the button on your garage door opener remote, does the door refuse to open or close? If so, it could be a sign that your batteries have died and the remote is unable to send out a signal triggering your opener to efficiently operate.
- Functional wall mount control: Before assuming your garage door is in need of professional repair services, attempt raising and lowering it using the wall-mounted control panel. If the garage door opens and closes smoothly when prompted with the wall controls, replace your transmitter batteries and test if the garage door will operate.
How to Replace Your Garage Door Transmitter Batteries
After noting unusual door operations and testing your garage door remotes, you may determine that the simplest method for returning your garage door to normal is by replacing the remote’s batteries. Switching out your garage door transmitter’s dead battery for a new one is fast and easy:
- Remove the back slot of your garage door remote where the battery is situated by sliding the door open. Some remotes may use screws to keep the slot closed and the battery securely in place — use a small screwdriver to remove the screws and take off the latch.
- Once the battery slot on your remote has been opened, your old battery will be clearly visible. Take out the dead battery and replace it with the new one, making sure to properly align any positive and negative signals and fit the battery tightly in place.
If your garage door still refuses to open after you replace the garage door transmitter batteries, and none of your other remotes are triggering door operations, check that the garage door’s lock button wasn’t accidentally engaged. When the lock button has been switched on, your door will refuse to open until the lock button has been disengaged. To turn off your garage door’s lock mechanism, locate your wall mount, then simply press the lock button.
For Help With Your Garage Door Transmitter, Contact Aaron’s Garage Doors
Malfunctioning garage doors can be inconvenient and stressful for many homeowners, but the professionals at Aaron’s Garage Doors can help by quickly identifying and repairing any garage door or opener issues you may be experiencing. We’ve spent more than 20 years serving homeowners throughout the Nashville and Middle Tennessee regions, and our highly trained and knowledgeable team of technicians has seen every type of garage door repair need, large and small.