The garage door stays closed: what to do if the hand-held transmitter does not work?
You save the annoyance of opening the garage door by hand. That means: you can open and close the garage from your car or your house. Older people, in particular, find it convenient not to have to open and close the heavy gate by hand.
The technology is now very mature and reliable. Nevertheless, it can happen that the hand-held transmitter does not work. Here you can find out why this can be and how to proceed.
Hand Transmitter: What is It Useful For?
An electronically operated garage door can be operated easily and conveniently with a hand transmitter. With this small device, the garage door can be conveniently opened from the car. This saves you from getting out of the car, which is particularly pleasant at night or when it is raining or snowing.
The garage door can also be opened by remote control from the house, for example, if the youngsters want to get a bike out of the garage.
How It Works: This Is How the Garage Door Can Be Opened with The Hand Transmitter
The opening and closing of a garage door with the help of a hand-held transmitter work because there is a sensor on the electronic garage door drive. This receives the signals from the hand-held transmitter and then starts the process of opening or closing.
So that neighbors cannot open each other’s garage door, each hand transmitter is matched to the receiver on the garage door drive. Most systems have to be taught first. The transmitter and receiver are coordinated with one another.
Sources of Error: These Can Be the Reasons If the Door Cannot Be Opened Using the Hand Transmitter.
Even if modern hand-held transmitters usually do their work very reliably, there can still be malfunctions. This is particularly annoying if the garage cannot be opened to drive out the car and an important appointment is pending. Therefore, potential malfunctions should be prevented – more on the subject of “Avoiding malfunctions on the garage door” below.
in the specific case, the first thing to do is to find out what the reason for the hand-held transmitter malfunction is. In the case of an electrically operated garage door, the following faults, in particular, can prevent the hand-held transmitter from working:
- The hand transmitter is not charged.
- The hand transmitter has not yet been taught in or has not been taught incorrectly.
- There is a mechanical defect on the gate.
- The power supply to the garage door operator is interrupted.
- The gate cannot go up because there is an obstacle in the way.
- You can differentiate between two different sources of error:
- The functional disturbance lies in the hand-held transmitter itself.
- The cause of the malfunction is the door or operator.
It can sometimes be difficult to find out what is causing the hand transmitter to malfunction. Numerous hand-held transmitters now have an integrated error and diagnostic display.
Solutions: This Is How You Can Fix or Prevent the Error
Depending on what the reason is that the hand-held transmitter does not work, the possible solutions look different.
The Hand Transmitter is Not Charged
The hand transmitter needs to be charged. Often you are lucky and the transmitter works as soon as it is connected to a power source. Otherwise, you have to wait a few minutes for the charging process to progress sufficiently. It makes perfect sense to have a spare hand-held transmitter at home that has been taught in and is always charged.
The Hand-Held Transmitter Has Not Yet Been (Correctly) Trained
The hand-held transmitter can be taught very quickly using the operating instructions. With some models, the coordination of the hand-held transmitter with the garage door drive can also be simply copied from one hand-held transmitter to another.
A Mechanical Defect on the Gate or An Obstacle in the Area of the Gate
If this is indicated by the error and diagnostic function, the defect on the gate must be eliminated or the obstacle removed. This is problematic if there is no second access to the garage and the door can no longer be opened. Here a specialist company may have to open the gate.
The Power Supply to the Garage Door Drive is Interrupted
A distinction must be made here between whether only a fuse has blown or whether the cables are damaged. If a fuse has blown, it should be checked why this was. If this happens frequently, an electrician or a specialist company should check the garage door operator.
Prevent Malfunctions of the Hand Transmitter
If you want to minimize the risk of the handheld transmitter malfunctioning, there are several things you can do:
- Regularly clean and maintain the garage door and track.
- Charge the hand-held transmitter regularly and have a spare hand-held transmitter ready at home.
- Have your garage door serviced regularly so that technical problems can be identified and eliminated at an early stage.
- Have the emergency number of the specialist company ready in the car and at home.
The Most Important Things at A Glance:
An electronic garage door repair can be operated remotely with the hand transmitter. Sometimes it can happen that the hand transmitter no longer works. There are two possible sources of problems:
- Hand transmitter error
- Garage door or operator fault