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Replacing a Lost Garage Door Opener

Losing your garage door remote happens, but it’s a frustrating experience that no homeowner wants to deal with. Where do you get replacement remotes, and will they be programmed correctly for your garage door?

Lost garage door openers are one of the most frequent customer issues we see at Affordable Garage Doors, and we’re happy to report that replacing a lost garage door opener in Scottsdale, AZ is easier than you might think. All you have to do is match the system to the right transmitter, and you’ll be back to opening your door without having to get out of your car.

What to do if you lose your garage door opener

First, look at the motor installed on your garage ceiling. This should have the make and model number, which will help us match your unit to a compatible remote. This is best if you’ve got an older model, because those are more likely to need an exact match, whereas newer models may work with universal remotes.

You can also think about buying a universal remote. If you’re lucky enough to have a newer garage door, universal remotes are often compatible with most models. You’ll still need the make and model number in order to find the correct match, but many universal remotes offer features like opening two doors with one remote, operating the garage light and more. This may even be a less expensive option than getting replacements straight from the manufacturer.

Is it time to replace your garage door?

Sometimes a lost garage door opener is the last straw that pushes people to replace their garage doors entirely. Garage doors typically last about 30 years, which means that you might still be using a heavy wooden door. The heavier your door, the harder the machinery has to work. Today’s newer aluminum doors are lighter and more efficient than models from three decades ago, and the opener machinery is better than ever.

If you suspect it might be time to replace the entire opening system, remotes and all, there are a few signs that will indicate this is the best solution. First, if your opener is working inconsistently, or opens and shuts all by itself, that’s a sure sign it’s time to get repairs or a replacement. The same goes for doors that won’t open or shut at all.

Strange noises or shutting down and reversing halfway through are also indications that your opener has outlived its useful lifespan. Sometimes this is because the door senses an obstruction, but if there’s nothing there, you have a more serious problem on your hands. Noises mean there are issues either with the rollers, the tracks or the machinery. If your garage door is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be more prudent to replace the entire system.

Whatever help you need, whether it’s replacing a lost garage door opener in Phoenix, AZ or replacing the entire system, Affordable Garage Doors can help. Call us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.


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