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Old 05-16-2006, 03:21 PM
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Lately my garage door will not open with the remote unless I'm about 2 feet from the door. I've replaced the batteries in the remote and the same thing happens with the remote button that's built into my car.
I've checked and cleaned the antenna that comes from the opener receiver and still no improvement.
Anybody have any ideas???

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Old 05-16-2006, 04:45 PM
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Is the opener one that came with the door or is it an aftermarket opener? What brand door is it? You may be able to find more info on the internet concerning your particular application. Remote control operating distance will vary depending on the amount of radio interference and metal obstacles in the path of the signal. In good conditions the remotes should work up to 150 feet away. Are there any bikes, ladders, etc. hanging in the path of the signal to the unit? Is the AC connection at the garage door motor securely plugged in to the outlet? Is the receiver wire hanging down from the opener motor? Just some ideas. If you figure it out, let us know and....good luck!
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I had that happen to me one time. I took the cover off the unit and found a spider had built a nice little nest on the board. I got some of that canned compressed air the you blow out computers with and blew the unit all out squeaky clean then checked the PID switches on the remote against the pids on the reciever. It worked when I put it all back together but I really don't know what actually fixed it. I'd like to think kicking the spider out did the trick but it might have been a PID hanging on the edge between two clicks.

I'll never know.. Give it a shot, if all else fails..
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I had something similar happen to me at work. I had installed an auxiliary remote control meant for garage doors that I had ordered from Grainger and had adapted to close a VP's office door, so the VP could just use the remote to close his door. After a while, it wasn't working too well. You had to be about 5' or less for the door to work. I re-adjusted the pot that set's the frequency for the opener, not the remote. It's worked fine for the last couple of years now.
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