Have you ever just needed to call it a day while on the driveway, get home at last, only to find that your garage door opener isn’t doing its job?
The spotty remote signal that openers have is actually a very common problem among homeowners.
This can happen during garage door installation, and on doors that have been around and functioning for quite some time.
A door opener is pretty much useless if it is unable to work like it’s supposed to.
This is why we have some tips focused on increasing garage door sensor range.
Getting to know your garage door also means learning about its other components.
Its sensors, remotes, and garage door motor are a little more complicated, but we’re here to help.
Back to the Basics
Before calling a Garage Doors Philly representative for help on any services you may need for your garage door, such as garage door repair and more, there may be some things you’ll want to do first to ensure that you need a professional.
1. Re-read the user’s manual and check your remote’s range.
In general, garage doors have varying ranges that can depend on the model maker and the building that the door is installed in.
Openers are designed to read the signals from a remote from a distance of at least four to five cars away.
Manufacturers have designed it this way as a precaution to make sure that the door is in the driver’s line of sight, making injuries less likely.
There are also limits on frequencies that can be accessed by openers.
Additionally, a sensor will be unable to accept multiple signals, which still means that any other devices of the same frequency nearby may interfere with your door.
2. Battery replacement could be necessary.
A simple way to ensure that your remote works is by filling it with the right batteries.
A small power change can make a big enough difference for you to feel like you have a brand new opener.
Batteries are also often neglected.
Numerous homeowners feel the need to replace openers or entire doors when all they really need to do is replace their remote’s batteries.
A pro tip is to replace the batteries every three to five years and make sure that the batteries aren’t just left sitting on a shelf for too long either.
3. Invest in upgrading your remote control
Increasing garage door sensor range can easily be done by buying something better and newer.
There are metal contacts in remotes that bend out of shape and end up unable to make contact with the batteries.
When the electric tape is no longer effective, it’s time to upgrade.
More modern openers and remotes have lights that blink on and off to indicate that signals are being sent out and received.
Buying a new control saves having to replace the opener, wasting money on batteries, and using up the electric tape.
4. Antenna extensions are also an option.
Installing antenna extensions works wonders in increasing garage door sensor range.
Residential garage openers are installed with an antenna that usually hangs towards the ground.
This is so that the operator casts directly underneath your opener, which ensures clear signal transmission to remote controls.
Typical antennas measure around ten inches but various antenna extensions are available for purchase.
5. Identifying interference.
You may have to dedicate an hour or two of your day to take the time to figure out if any interferences are present.
In the case that you don’t want to relocate your garage door opener, there may be something else around the garage area that affects your door’s function.
Locate any other electronics that could have similar frequencies and get them out of there.
You can then test out which ones are messing around with your opener and remote.
In other cases, it is also possible to relocate your antenna to keep it away from all other obstructions.
If this is the case, do not hesitate to contact us.
Leave it to the Experts
We can easily identify what is going on with your garage door opener or remote and provide our expert advice.
Our expertise on garage doors extends to the mechanisms of sensors, remotes, their openers, and beyond.
If all your troubleshooting seems to make no difference, give us a call!