If you ever lose your garage door remote, then you need to take these steps to protect yourself. You don’t want to leave your home open to being broken into by someone who finds the remote. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Cincinnati, OH suggests you take these steps to protect yourself.
Keep Your House Door Locked
Some homeowners don’t bother locking their door because of convenience. However, we do not recommend you ever keep your door unlocked. It is an added protection to your family to keep it locked. It is especially important to make sure you lock and deadbolt your door if you have lost your remote.
Change the Dip Switch Controls on Your Opener
Your remote and opener have dip switch controls that allow them to communicate on the same frequency. It’s basically your opener’s identification system. If someone gets ahold of your remote, then they will know the pattern that is set on your opener. You will need to alter the pattern so that they cannot copy it with another remote.
Clear The Openers Memory
You will want to clear the memory of your opener so that it forgets your old remote. You’ll have to do this step anyways if when you get a replacement remote. To do this, locate the “learn” button on the opener. The “learn” button may be located on the back or the side of the opener. You may need to pull down the light cover to find it.
Once you have found the button, you will need to push it and hold it down for a few seconds until the light cuts off. This will disconnect your opener from the remote. Unfortunately, if you have a keypad for your garage door, it will also cause it to forget that as well. You’ll need to re-program the keypad to your opener.
How to Keep From Losing Your Remote in the Future
It is a good idea to have a specific place you keep your garage door remote. Many people store it on their visor above the passenger side. We recommend that you find another place in the care to keep the remote that is out of sight of passersby. Also, it is important to keep your doors locked at all times so no one reaches in and steals your remote.
Invest in a Smart Opener
Another option to keep your door safe is to invest in a smart opener. These openers can be controlled by an app on your phone. You won’t have to worry about losing your remote and not being able to get in your home. However, if you lose your phone, we recommend you unplug your opener until you find your phone. This will keep anyone from using the app to open your door.
Call us Today to Reprogram Your New Remote
If you replace your remote, call the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Cincinnati, Ohio to come out and reprogram it. We will send one of our technicians over to your home as soon as possible. We’ll create a new pattern for the dip switches on your opener and match it to the remote. Then we will pair the two together so you can use it again.
Call now so we can help you. Our team looks forward to hearing from you.