Garage door opener remotes: the basics
Remote openers for garage doors have become very popular over the years. They are not one of the essential systems in your garage door, but they make the garage entry and exit effortless; thus, they are very convenient.
The system that remotely opens your garage consist of two parts:
Transmitter, also known as the remote, is often the smaller part that can be placed in your car to control your garage door’s closing and opening at a distance.
The receiver is either built-in to your garage door motorhead or attached to the garage door opener itself. This part of the system receives a unique signal from the remote and communicates it to the opener’s control board, “telling” it to close or open the garage door.
Ask your garage door technician about your opener having a built-in remote-control receiver, or would you have to purchase one separately.
The transmitter and the receiver communicate through radio waves that are encoded. A switch built into this system generates the code. The number of codes is limited and depends on the switch type.
An alternative is the code set system, which is more convenient and safer.
Embedded Code Set would use a system where the remote will have an I.C. chip and have a unique code that the receiver would get programmed to read this specific code.
Code Rotating, Code Changing Sets, or rolling code uses a system in which both the remote and the receiver will have an identical I.C. chip. A new code will be generated upon each transmission by the remote, and the receiver will be programmed to recognize the codes that the remote produces. This system is considered the most secure.
Ask your garage door specialist about what kind of transmitter-receiver remote system you have and if it is the one that suits your garage door best.
Can a garage door be hacked?
As funny as it may sound, the answer is yes. Certain transmitters can be prone to hacking.
How would you know if an intruder can hack your transmitter?
You can try and find out the year in which your transmitter-remote set was manufactured. If it was manufactured before 1996, you might have a reason to be concerned.
One of the things you can do is try and remove all valuable items from your garage. However, if your vehicle is expensive or considered a collectible, or you use your garage to store goods, you may want to upgrade your remote-control receiver to a newer and more secure one. As mentioned above, Code Rotating\Code Changing sets change the code that is generated to open the garage door every time you press the “open” button on your remote control.
Talk to your garage door technician about options available for remote control receivers. A professional will be able to advise you which kind of remote-transmitter set will suit your needs most. Do not hesitate to ask questions. We at Titan Garage Doors love clients who ask questions. We believe that the more information we provide our clients with, the more satisfied our clients will be with our service.
Most common opener remote malfunctions and how to fix them
The main idea behind the garage door remotes is their convenience. So, we can imagine the inconvenience and frustration you may be experiencing if your remote isn’t working.
Garage door opener remotes troubleshooting
Here are a few easy steps you can do to try and troubleshoot your remote on your own:
First, to be said, those steps are to be taken if you think the problem is with your remote. If you think the problem has something to do with the garage door mechanics, the opener, or even the receiver, please call a specialist. Trying to fix your garage door can be dangerous.
The simplest thing you can do is to replace the battery in your remote. Most remotes can be opened easily so that you can replace the batteries in it. It is a good idea to have a spare battery handy just in case you will need to replace it sometime in the future.
In case replacing the battery did not work, you can try and replace your remote. In certain transmitter-opener sets, the remote can be purchased online or even in a department store. The remotes usually come with a set of instructions on how to program them with your opener. However, you need to confirm that the new remote is compatible with your opener brand and model. It is good to double-check what kind of transmitter-receiver set you have before purchasing a new remote. Remotes are fairly inexpensive 40-60$ +taxes, but trying to return it may be troublesome and time-consuming. We will be happy to answer your questions. Our obligation-free service call is only 29$