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How to Change Your Garage Door Opener Remote Battery

Garage One - Saturday, March 03, 2018

Have you had a bit of trouble with your garage door remote lately? Before you call a garage door service specialist in Toronto, try changing the remote’s battery… that might be all it needs!

Garage-One_Toronto_Garage_Doors: hand pressing down on a garage door opener remote

Don’t rush, take a few precautions, follow these instructions and you’ll be well on your way:

  • Safety first. Remote batteries are small, shiny, thin and round… to the insatiably curious eye of a toddler they might resemble a button or candy—so make sure to keep them out of reach! You also want to be careful to replace the old batteries with identical new ones. More often than not, remote batteries are of the coin-cell variety like the 3V2032, 2016 or 2450—the problem is that they can look a lot alike! Make sure the new battery numbers match the old ones exactly to avoid overheating. Some remotes might take AA or AAA batteries, and premium remotes with LEDs and proximity lighting may have up to three batteries! If you still have your remote’s owner’s manual, refer to it for the number of batteries and type. And remember: never try to recharge or modify these batteries!
  • Where to purchase remote batteries. More often than not, you’ll find these batteries at your local pharmacy or hardware store… no need to track down a garage door service outfit in Toronto to find one.
  • Accessing the batteries. Most remotes have a small slot along the short edge. Slide a flathead screwdriver or coin in the slot and gently pry open. If you don’t see that tell-tale slot, your remote’s battery storage cover may be of the slide-off variety. Or look for tiny screws to loosen. Whichever system your remote has, with a little patience you’ll gain access to that darn battery compartment!
  • Replacing the batteries. With the cover off, the batteries can be easily removed. When inserting the new ones make sure to respect the polarity. Coin-cell batteries have clearly indicated positive and negative sides, with the positive side usually facing up. Regular AA or AAA batteries also have clearly identified polarities. Put the battery cover back on and you’re off to the races!
  • Considerations. Keep old batteries out of the dump! Recycle them! Also, you might find your remote still doesn’t work even after you change the batteries. Refer to your owner’s manual or call your local garage door service specialist in Toronto—your remote might need reprogramming.

Have questions regarding your garage door remote? At Garage One, we’re proud of the garage door service we provide in Toronto and across Southern Ontario… and our A+ BBB rating is a testament to it. Call us today!

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