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What’s Wrong With My Garage Door Opener? 6 Basic Troubleshooting Steps


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1. First, check for power. Make sure the power supply hasn’t been disrupted by verifying the motor is plugged in. Also, check the circuit breaker, fuse or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.

2. If a power disconnect doesn’t seem to be the problem, look into the remote.

  • You may be out of range and need to move closer to the garage.
  • The antenna on the motor unit should be hanging down.
  • Replace the battery in the remote if the unit functions properly when using the wall switch.
  • Try reprogramming the remote.
  • Still no luck? You may need a new remote.

3. You may want to check the safety sensors for an obstruction or misalignment. An object in your garage may be interfering with the path of the laser beam. This will disengage operation of your door. Sometimes these sensors can get bumped and throw off alignment of the sensors which will cause your garage door opener to disengage operation too.

4. If the garage door will not open or close properly, Limit controls can be adjusted to ensure complete opening or closing. The limit switch may also be responsible if the door reverses immediately after hitting the floor or if the door opens but the motor won’t stop running.

5. Keep in mind that the hardware connecting the operator to the door can become loose over time and may affect the smooth operation of the door. It is important to periodically check and tighten this hardware before it becomes a safety hazard.

6. Another good maintenance practice is to lubricate the traveling mechanism of the garage door operator. This will minimize excessive noise and extend it’s operating life considerably.

3 Advantages to Flash2Pass Technology


The new Flash2Pass Technology turns your existing headlight high beam switch in your vehicle into a transmitter for your automatic garage door opener. It works with almost all cars, trucks, and motorcycles. A few advantages I’ve found with using this method of opening and closing the garage door are the following:

1. Convenience

Probably the most obvious benefit of the Flash2Pass system is it’s convenience.  There is no remote to lose and no battery to buy or replace as it is operated by power from your vehicle. It is especially helpful for motorcyclists with no room for a remote. Flash2Pass saves them from the hassle of dismounting their bike to enter a code on a keypad or opening the door manually.

2. Compatibility

Flash2Pass is compatible with garage door openers manufactured since 1982, making it useable with almost any garage door opener out there. Up to six transmitters may be used per receiver and multiple receivers can be set to work with one transmitter, a feature great for vacation homes or family homes with several vehicles.

3. Easy Installation

This is a quick and simple DIY project! Just connect the receiver where your existing wall-mounted button or switch is located. Mount the transmitter underneath the hood of your vehicle. The complete instructions are safe and easy to follow.


  • To increase working range reposition the transmitter closer to the front grill under the hood as it will work best with the least amount of metal obstruction.
  • If you have an older garage door opener system, it may not have adequate power supply to operate the Flash2Pass. Simply use an external power adapter. You probably already have an extra adapter that will work lying around.