Garage door remote is not working

Works some of the time but most of the time it does not work, switch on wall does work, I know it must be something simple but I can't figure out what it is. I moved the wire a little but my Husband had bent it thinking that if it faced the sidewalk it would work better, no dice. Help Linda

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  • Pinkflmgo626 Pinkflmgo626 on Oct 16, 2017
    Checked the battery? You may just need to buy a new remote. Or maybe the gear on the opener itself is wearing out. I hope these are helpful.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 16, 2017
    Did you check contacts or battery in the remote? they might be corroded

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Oct 16, 2017
    Try fresh batteries in the remote. Do you think the antenna wire got broken from the bend? What environmental things have changed, if any? We now have to dodge items the neighbors park in their yards. Try different positions for the antenna, one of you on the ladder and the other with the remote. You could reprogram the remote.

  • Change the battery in the remote.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 16, 2017
    Forgive me for going to a basic suggestion (based on the fact that I didn't know this could be a problem for my smart key until it didn't work) but, have you checked the batteries in your remote. That thought occurred to me when you said the wall control works. Here's a link for trouble shooting:

  • Pat Pat on Oct 16, 2017
    Does the remote take batteries? Ours does but there may be different kinds.

  • Bee Bee on Oct 16, 2017
    check the batteries

  • Bee Bee on Oct 16, 2017

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Oct 16, 2017
    Start by checking the batteries in your remote, as far as wires, you should check the connection on the wall to the switch on the wall. I think you need new batteries.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Oct 16, 2017
    Does the remote need new batteries? If the wall switch is working fine, it must be a problem with the remote. perhaps it is simply worn out? You can usually find replacement universal remotes at Sears, and some home centers for a fairly low price.

  • could it be the battery in the remote?

  • Bijous Bijous on Oct 16, 2017
    It could be your battery. If you've replaced those and there's still a problem it is your sensor. The sensors should be facing each other. If that doesn't work, You may need a repair guy to come out.

  • Faye Faye on Oct 16, 2017
    Try replacing the battery in the remote.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Oct 16, 2017
    You need batteries in your remote, check them first

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Oct 16, 2017
    Change the batteries in the remote.

  • Deborah Parliament Deborah Parliament on Oct 16, 2017
    Have you checked the battery?

  • Jean Jean on Oct 16, 2017
    If it's an old one it may just be worn out.. You can buy remotes at hardware store and program for yours.

  • Robert Utah Robert Utah on Oct 16, 2017
    Garage door remotes have a battery inside. That would be a good place to check first.

  • Robert Utah Robert Utah on Oct 16, 2017
    Check the battery inside of the remote. Also, the contact switch inside of the remote can get dirty. It can be cleaned with a Q-tip and alcohol

  • Peg Peg on Oct 16, 2017
    Try contacting the company where the garage remote came from.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 16, 2017
    change the battery in the remote - that should do the trick!

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Oct 16, 2017
    It could be the battery. You can also purchase new remotes and have it reset to your system

  • SHIRLEY SHIRLEY on Oct 16, 2017
    Linda, check and see if the batteries are alive ,, try new ones and if this doesn't work go to a garage door outfit and have them look at your remote...good luck

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Oct 16, 2017
    Did you check the battery in the remote? This article also has some other ideas that might help you.

    Good luck!

  • Vic Taylor Vic Taylor on Oct 16, 2017
    Try changing the battery in the remote!!!

  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Oct 16, 2017
    i would google the brand. Sometimes there is a QandA section that will answer your problem.

  • George George on Oct 16, 2017
    There is an antenna wire that should be hanging out of opener motor,make sure that it is visible.

  • Ron Ron on Oct 16, 2017
    Did you try changing the batteries in the remote?

  • Karen Black Karen Black on Oct 16, 2017
    in our case, the hand held remote (the one we have in our auto) needed a new battery.

  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 16, 2017
    Hello Lindafredb, Try changing the batteries in the remote. If that doesn't work, try contacting the manufacturer. Talk to someone in their Customer Service department.

  • Marla James Marla James on Oct 16, 2017
    Make sure a brand new battery is in correctly.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Oct 16, 2017
    I know this is obvious, but replace the batteries In all remotes. Check out the mechanism box with the motor and a light. Check the outlet where the remote radio wire and the battery for power outages are found. And oil the chain and every part that moves on the door. We put up with our undependable remotes for several years, getting more frustrated every year. We had a professional come out for a tune up and got new remotes. The chain, motor, etc. we're all fine. So $100 set us up for the last five years. We learned a lot of what we can do, but it's about time for another checkup. Best wishes 😇💞

  • Gru11825775 Gru11825775 on Oct 16, 2017
    change the battery!

  • CJ CJ on Oct 16, 2017
    Hi Lindafredb! Have you checked the battery in your remote? Mine is getting weak as well, I have to be quite close to the garage to get it to work, I'll replace the battery as soon as I remember to buy one! Hope this helps!

  • Darlene Holien Darlene Holien on Oct 16, 2017
    e was acting up too. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didnt..put in a new battery at the outside unit! It worked!

  • Darlene Holien Darlene Holien on Oct 16, 2017
    had the same problem! Put in a new battery in the outside unit! It worked!!

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 16, 2017
    They have a battery inside, have you changed it?

  • FL FL on Oct 16, 2017
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  • Joyce Scott Joyce Scott on Oct 16, 2017
    Just a thought: Is it possible that the battery in the remote needs to be replaced?? It is always my goal to try the simplest and least expensive "fix" first!

  • William William on Oct 17, 2017
    I had a similar problem not too long ago. I thought it was the battery. Checked the battery with a voltmeter and it was fine. The short wire is just the antenna. If you have the manual check on how to program the remote with the codes. I have a Sears Craftsman. On the opener is a button that says program. Push the button till the LED lights. Press the button on the remote. Once the opener lights flash a few times the remote is programed. I had to do this three times before the lights flashed. The remote was programed and it worked. Sometimes the remote loses all or some of the program codes and needs to be repogramed to capture all the codes. Codes rotate every time the remote is used. I assume all openers would basically work the same. If you don't have the manual then just Google the model number of your opener for the manual.

  • Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson on Oct 17, 2017
    Contact the manufacturer. I had to do this with a house I bought. The cost of buying a new remote is a lot less than replacing the whole unit.

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 17, 2017
    did you put new batteries in the remote? you have windows in the garage door?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 17, 2017
    Is your remote control the hand held style that clips on to the visor inside the car? Usually these have some kind of batteries.

  • Wilma EISEN Wilma EISEN on Oct 17, 2017
    Do you need a new battery f or the remote or inside the garage down near the floor are lights one on the right side and the other on the left which should face each other in a line, if they are not aligned correctly the door will not open. I hope this works for you

  • Lindafredb Lindafredb on Oct 17, 2017
    The lights on the floor are aligned and my Remotes do not have batteries they are all wiring inside, but still do not work