Garage Door Opener Safety 101

Garage door openers have three parts: the system that physically lifts your doors, the wall switch that opens your doors from inside the garage, and (often) the small remote that you keep with you.

Garage Door Opener

Increasingly, home automation means the remote is digital and on your phone.

Keeping all garage door openers maintained and protected is key to the safety of your home. If you park in your driveway and your small remote is clipped to your visor, which is convenient, it’s easy for a burglar to get into your car, open your garage and get inside.

Your physical garage door lifter can suffer from some common problems. First, check to see if the close limit switch needs any adjustments. When your garage door doesn’t open with the remote or wall switch, a power source disruption might be at fault. Check fuses and circuit breakers, and just like with any electronic device, make sure the motor is plugged in (surprisingly, this is a common fix garage door installation companies take care of regularly).

Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Sometimes the limit switch is too close to the motor unit, which can keep the motor running even while the door is open. Simply moving the two farther apart can correct this issue.

If the remote doesn’t work, make sure any motor unit antennas are adjusted and put in fresh batteries. Reprogramming remotes is also a relatively common fix.

Getting your garage doors and openers checked and maintained at least once per year can help increase their longevity and your home’s safety. Wasted energy, lost heat, noise and less protection from winter weather are all side effects of poorly working garage doors. When doors don’t properly close, you’re also welcoming in animals, and possibly thieves, too.

Storing Your Remote Safely

Burglars are well aware that many homeowners keep their remotes in their cars. If possible, try keeping your remote with you. However, if it’s just too much of a nuisance, commit to parking your car in your garage. Whenever you park outside the garage, keep the remote in a nonvisible area like the glove box.

A lot of homeowners use their garage for extra storage and park in their driveways or on the street. When your remote is left in the car, you’re virtually leaving the key to your home readily available.

Having a digital remote on your phone is an added piece of security, and it’s becoming more common. If you have this home automation feature, ensure your phone is password-protected and your home address isn’t easily displayed on your phone.
Some digital remotes save your address, but you can override this safety risk by taking the time to delete it. If your phone is stolen, you don’t want anyone to know your address and/or have access to your digital remote.

For more safety tips and garage door opener advice, contact the Garage Door Man.