Garage Door Remote Control Issues That Homeowners Deal With

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Garage Door Remote Control Issues That Homeowners Deal With

2 March 2020
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As an electrician, providing the best possible services to your clients is paramount to building a strong customer base. Therefore, it is essential to understand the latest installations that homeowners have configured in their houses. One such device is the radio remote control for garage doors. Homeowners have moved away from the cumbersome, backbreaking manual garage doors to automated ones. Not only does the technology keep homeowners safe, but it also presents a business opportunity for electricians. Most importantly, electricians play a critical role in helping clients understand how to use their garage door radio remote control. 

Operating Within Range

One of the significant benefits of radio remote controls is that users can open the garage door meters away from their driveway. However, many people believe that all radio remote controls are supposed to work over a wide range. Therefore, when the remote fails to work before they turn into their driveway, the clients believe there is a problem with their garage door opener. When that happens, the homeowners usually call an electrician to look at their remote system only to find that the remote has a limited range. For this reason, advise your clients first to know the range of their remote controls. 

Remote Control Signal Blockage

As the name suggests, a radio remote control operates over radio signals. When you push the buttons of remote control, it sends radio signals to the receiver, which then activates the motor unit. It is, therefore, essential to let homeowners know that the line of operation between the remote control and the receiver should not be obstructed. If there is an obstruction, then the receiver will send mixed messages to the motor unit. This will lead to the garage door reversing to the opening position. Advise clients that if they see this behaviour with their remote control and garage door, they should first check if there is any obstruction of the sensors. For instance, if a garage is crowded, then boxes, bags, equipment and everything in your garage will block the signal line. 

Limit Switch Settings 

Modern garage doors come with an adjustable limit switch, which works together with the remote control to determine how far the garage door should lower before it closes completely. This is important because the last thing homeowners need is a garage door that bangs hard on the floor to close or one that leaves a small gap between the floor and the door. Once you set the limit switch, the same settings are configured with the remote control as default settings. Therefore, homeowners have to set how low the garage should go. If they do not set the limit switch, the chances are that the homeowners will blame the remote control for the problem.