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Is your garage door remote opening your neighbour’s garage door?

Garage One - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Or are you coming home to find your garage open for no apparent reason at all? It could be a simple frequency issue. Or it might be time to put in a call for professional garage door service and repair in Toronto.

Garage-One_Toronto_Garage_Doors: holding a garage door remote

How garage door openers work

The door opener on your garage is programmed to respond to the remote by using a frequency controlled by a circuit board. In newer door openers, these frequencies are always changing to make them more secure. On older models still using DIP switches, the frequency needs to be changed manually.

Why garage doors malfunction

Garage doors in Hamilton and throughout the Toronto area require repair for a number of reasons including:

  • A fault in the wired keypad
  • A faulty remote
  • A glitch in the circuit board
  • A short in the wall button
  • Damage to the wiring or electrical components of the opener
  • Dead batteries in the remote
  • Faulty wall button wiring
  • Other electrical issues
  • Another garage in the neighbourhood is using the same frequency

Changing the frequency of your garage door opener

Instructions for individual makes and models vary, but there are basically two ways to reprogram most garage door openers in Hamilton and Toronto: changing the position of the DIP switches or activating the learn button.

If you have a garage door opener that has a DIP switch, you can repair it yourself by changing the position of the individual switches. Make sure that the DIP switch positions are the same on both the remote and the door opener. This small adjustment should stop anyone else from being able to open the door. Consult your owner’s manual for more information.

If you have a newer door opener, all you’ll have to do is push the learn button. In order to reset your opener using your learn button, you’ll need to press it and hold it for about 10 seconds and then press the button on your remote. When the reprogramming is successful, you’ll usually hear a small click or see the lights on the door opener flicker.

Still having trouble?

If you’ve tried reprogramming your door opener and remote but you’re still having troubles, call a professional garage door repair service like Garage One. Our certified technicians can help you reprogram your garage door opener or install a new one. For professional residential and commercial sales, service and repair in Hamilton and throughout the Toronto area, contact Garage One today.


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