In many homes, the garage door is used as the exit and entry point in and out of the house. For this reason, losing your garage door remote can pose a major security threat in your home, especially if the device was stolen or if it falls into the wrong hands. It is important to take immediate safety measures once you realize that the garage door opener is lost so that you can protect your property. Here are some of the key steps that you should take immediately you notice that you have lost your garage door remote.
Disable the remote
Remotely controlled garage doors comprise of the door opener and a receiver that is located on the door opener motor. When you press the opener, a signal is sent to the receiver which prompts the door to open. You can disable the remote control from the garage door so that anyone who tries to operate the door using it will not succeed. Here is how you are going to do it:
- Locate the button on the housing of the motor on the garage door opener. Depending on the brand, the button may be yellow, red, purple, green, or orange in color.
- Push on this button simultaneously for a few seconds. By doing this, you will be deprogramming the door opener together with the remote control.
Deprogramming the remote and the keypad deletes the current settings and passwords, and prevents the remote from working on your door. Note that
Reprogram the door opener
Once you have deactivated the remote, you need to reprogram the door opener so that you can be able to use the keypad to access the garage. To program it, you will need a copy of the manufacturer's manual for instructions. If you don't have one, you can try to find it on the manufacturer's website. The manual should have a step-by-step guide on how to reprogram the garage door and set new codes. It may also have instructions on how to program a new replacement remote.
Unplug the door opener
Sometimes, you may be unsure of whether the remote has been stolen or it just got lost in the house. In this case, deprogramming and reprogramming the entire system may seem like an extreme measure. You can unplug the door opener from the outlet until you find the remote or ascertain that it is stolen. Once the opener is unplugged, you will have to open and close the garage door manually by using the emergency release cord.You should reprogram the door opener if you don't find the remote.
If you are unable to follow these steps after losing your garage door remote, contact a garage door service immediately. They can help you to deactivate the door opener, reprogram it, and replace the lost remote with a compatible model.