Garage Door Remote Opener Not Working

February 7, 2015

Background: I was frustrated with how frequently I was replacing the incandescent light bulbs in my garage door opener, so I invested in two new IKEA LED bulbs. All of my family members began noticing that their remotes could open the door from down the block, but wouldn't close it unless they were nearly in the garage.


Project: I replaced the batteries in the remotes, replaced both safety sensors on the sides of the door, realigned them perfectly, adjusted the up and down forced and travel limits only to find it didn't help.
Solution: After reading an earlier post about a flickering fluorescent bulb in the garage, I immediately went out and replaced both IKEA bulbs with conventional incandescent bulbs and the problem is solved! The LED bulbs when lit were interfering with the remote signal. DO USE LED BULBS IN YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPENER.

I hope this is helpful. Thank you.

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26 Questions

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November 15, 2014

My remote will open the door, but it will not close it. Also, the wall switch must be held down to close the door.

By Leon from Oneonta, NY


December 2, 20150 found this helpful

Yes it opens with remote but won't close

August 9, 20160 found this helpful

I have the same problem!

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October 21, 2009

I have a Sears garage door and after setting the car remote opener the hand held does not work. The second garage opens with both (the car and the hand held). How can I reprogram without canceling the car controlled opener? Thanks for your help.

By gotta fixit from NY


October 22, 20090 found this helpful

First I would look in the owners manual. They usually have information how to program the remote. In my case, I my doors are from the Overhead Door Co. The manual for programing the remote states.


1. Locate learn code button and learn indicator on the power head.
2. Press and release learn code button on power head. -LED on power head blinks 2 times a second.
3. Press and release a remote control button. -LED on power head stops blinking.
4. LED goes out. Remote is now programmed.

Note: factory sets different codes for each remote control. When programming remote control keep at least 24 inches away from antenna. So you have to be at least 24 inches away from the power head but I would be no further than 30 inches.
If these suggestions do not work I would contact Sears and if they aren't any help I would contact a door company and have them come out for a look see.

October 24, 20090 found this helpful

Open up your hand held remote and you will see numbers from zero through 9. Now get up on a ladder and open up your overhead mechanism and you will see another gizmo with numbers from zero through 9.


both the remote and the overhead gizmo must be programmed with the same exact numbers. After you have changed both to read the same your garage door opener should work fine.

October 24, 20090 found this helpful

Before you go reprogramming, check to make sure that there is not an obstruction for the electric eye. If there is a spider web, or a leaf or something, it may prevent the beam from allowing passage. That will prevent the door from working.

October 25, 20091 found this helpful

You must reprogram your hand held remote. First get the car out of the garage. Then get a ladder and position it under the motor of the garage door opener. There should be a little black button on the motor which is the learn button. It may be near the light bulb or on the side or back of the motor.


After you locate the learn button push it in and while the light above the learn button is blinking point and press the button on your hand held remote. Once the light stops blinking (on the learn button) your hand held opener should work.

November 10, 20150 found this helpful

Where is the battery in remote located

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November 8, 2014

I can open the garage door with the hand remote, but when I come to close it with the hand remote, it does not work. I can only close it from the inside of the garage with the controls on the wall. How can I figure out what is wrong? My model is 182665 1/2 HP Whisper Drive.

By Diane


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November 9, 20140 found this helpful

Check to see if your remote has a battery. If it does, it may need replacing.

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December 10, 2009

I have a Craftsman remote control garage door opener. I replaced the battery and when I try to program my remote controls I can only program one remote. Prior to changing the battery both remote controls worked.

I have followed the instructions to reprogram the remote, but I am only able to reprogram one remote. Both remotes where working okay before I changed the battery, but I can't get both remotes to work now. There does not seem to be a problem with the remotes, because I have programed each one of them separately and it works. I just can't get both to work as they did before the battery change. Does anyone have any advise on this issue?


By Chuck sears


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December 13, 20090 found this helpful

I suggest calling a garage door company, preferably the one who installed it. If it's Craftsman, I am assuming that would be Sears.

December 27, 20110 found this helpful

I'm having the same problem. Anybody have a solution that does not invlove making a service call?

September 30, 20140 found this helpful

Its sounds weird but I turned off my router on my computer and all my remotes programmed fine.

September 30, 20140 found this helpful

I had same problem with my remotes I could get one to program but I couldn't get them all to program. So I thought maybe I'm getting some noise or something from another electronic device that's causing interference so the first thing I thought of was my wifi on my computer.


So I decided to turn it off and try to program the remotes. They all programed fine.

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November 24, 2014

My Craftsman door remote will not open the garage door from any distance other than 4 feet. The door operates fine with the manual wall switch. It just doesn't work with the remote, if you are farther than 4 feet from it.

By Ken D.


November 30, 20140 found this helpful

Did you check the battery. Could be dead.

December 29, 20150 found this helpful

Yes they only work up close same with keyless entry pad

August 20, 20160 found this helpful

I have 3 remotes. Each remote will work at times. I have reprogramed each remote and they still work at times. I changed the batteries, and and bought a new one. Any ideas?

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November 18, 2014

My Craftsman model 139.53673SRT3 garage door opener was working 100%, but recently developed an unusual problem. The remote works correctly, except it will not work while the unit lamp is on. Once the 4.5 minutes have timed out the remote works perfectly. So when I open the garage door with the remote, I have to wait the 4.5 minutes to close the door with the remote. Any suggestions?

By Jim Z


November 28, 20141 found this helpful

Did you ever figure out the issue with your Craftsman? I have been experiencing the same exact issue with the remotes not working when the light is on. I figured out one way to cheat the system by turning off the light from the keypad before leaving the garage then the remote will work.

That worked perfectly for both of my remotes for a few months. Lately though one of my remotes stopped working completely even after changing the battery and reprogramming several times.

The second remote works about 70% of the time when using the method described above but then it will just stop working and have to be reprogrammed.

Not sure what else to try so was wondering if you had any success figuring out the issue...

January 27, 20150 found this helpful

Had the same problem. I had a fluorescent bulb that was flickering. I unscrewed it and the remotes worked fine. Not sure why a bad bulb was causing the problem.

January 11, 20160 found this helpful

Having same problem, going to check bulbs now,standby

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March 30, 2015

We just bought a new house and not long after we had some electrical storms. That maybe relevant, I don't know. We have 4 Aprimatic TR2 remotes which operate an electric gate on one button and the other button operates a Merlin 430r garage door. The gate still works, but the garage door doesn't on any of the four remotes.

I googled Merlin 430r, etc. and learned that to program my remotes I need to press the "learn" button. Well this I can not find. My 430r does not have the green strip which hides the learn button as indicated on all the 430r's I've looked at even on eBay.

To operate mine manually it has a red switch on the side to press and also a tiny button underneath marked manual control which you also can press. While I've been looking for this "learn" button I found the original Merlin remote which operates the door fine. I'm no electrical wiz and don't want to lose the front gate operation. Please help if you can. Cheers.

By Brad W.

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October 4, 2011

I have a double garage, each with a 2003 Sears opener. Prior to going away for 9 months, both remotes worked on the doors. Now, I cannot get one of the remotes to work on the second door. I tried both remotes on the one door and I am able to get both to function on one door. However, I cannot get either to function on the second door. The door functions manually, but not with the remote. Any suggestions? Thanks.

By John from Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada


October 8, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have a sears garage door opener but do have a fairly new one with remotes. The remote died on me and I found out that inside the remote is a battery and it was dead. I replaced the battery and voila, works fine. You might try that. Hope this helps. Packlestax

August 16, 20130 found this helpful

I found that the issue was resolved by reprogramming both remotes based on the manufacturers instructions. On my Sears model, the instructions are listed on the transmitter (the door motor). It is a little confusing because the instructions seemed to imply that you should hold both remote buttons at the same time, but this is not the case. Instead, you hold the "learner" (the one on the motor) button until it flashes and then release, then hold the transmitter button (the one on the remote) until the garage light flashes. After doing this for both of my remotes, both ended up working.

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March 8, 2016

All other remotes work except the wireless keypad for my garage door opener. A new battery was put in, but it still won't work. So it's just the keypad itself?


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September 15, 20170 found this helpful

Open the back of the keypad. You may have a loose or broken wire.

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February 2, 2016

I have 2 separate units for my 2 garage doors. When we both left the house I closed my side with the car homelink (which worked perfectly). My husband closed his with the handheld remote which also worked perfectly. When he returned home before me, he hit his remote and it did not work. He tried the button for my side and that did not work either. Then he tried to get in through both of the keypads and neither one on either side worked.

When I came home my homelink didn't work. What could cause everything to fail at the same time? When we tried to reprogram the keypad on my side it would not work. We tried to reprogram the remote on the one side and it started to open both doors. Then it wouldn't open either door and then it only opened my door. Then it went back to opening both doors simultaneously and then randomly stopped. We never even got to the learn button on the second unit because nothing made any sense. The Homelink in my car won't reprogram and the keypad won't either? What can we do? I have tried to reprogram everything based on the instructions that have always previously worked.


February 19, 20160 found this helpful

I have contacted the manufacturer when I had similar problems and they walked me through getting everything to work. Good luck.

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November 15, 2015

My garage remotes do not work when the light is on. After the 4.5 minutes and the light goes off it will work! Someone posted to change the bulb because it could be a lead bulb that is flickering! Are they talking about the garage fulorescent lighting with the 2 fluorescent bulbs or are they talking about the 4.5 min light to the garage system? I changed the one in the system, but not in my garage because they are very high up. The opener on the wall works just fine.

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November 3, 2015

My garage door opener can not be closed or open with either the portable or keypad remotes. The problem is intermittent and it fails most of the time. I have removed the fluorescent light. I also cleaned the control board with electrical cleaning solvent. The direct opener button works fine.

By the way, how do I open the keypad on the keypad remote? I'm able to unscrew the bottom screw to the wall, but the top one requires removing the keypad to access the screw.

Thanks for any advice.


November 5, 20150 found this helpful

replace batteries

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October 14, 2015

Every time I program my garage door opener it doesn't work for long. It doesn't matter if it's the car's remote or a universal, they never seem to hold.

What's wrong with them or the opener?

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May 5, 2015

My Craftsman garage door opener remote quit working. I replaced the batteries and tried to relearn the remote. It says to push button and when it starts blinking to then

push remote button while it is blinking. My problem is when I push the button it does
not blink, but just stays on steady for a minute or two and goes out. Why can't I relearn the remote? Is it possible new batteries could be bad? Any help would be
appreciated. The unit operates perfectly with the wall unit. There are no batteries in the wall unit, but it is wired and the light stays lit. I bought a new Craftsman remote today and tried to relearn the new remote, but it does not program either.

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October 29, 2014

I bought a new garage opener remote and I set it up, but it doesn't work.

By Roger from St. Charles, MO


November 3, 20140 found this helpful

You have to open the new remote up and see what numbers they have it coded. Write them down. Then you have to get on a ladder and go to the part of the garage door opener that is on the ceiling on the inside of your garage.

Take the cover off and make sure that it is coded the same exact numbers as your remote is coded. When both parts (the remote and the interior of your garage) are coded the same numbers it should work.

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September 24, 2013

I have a Craftsman remote control garage door opener. The are 4 remotes (one for each car + the keypad remote fastened to the outside of garage frame). All four stopped working on the same day.

I replaced the batteries and when I try to program my remote controls the circuit board does not accept any of the remotes. I installed two new boards, both with the same results. The direct wired push button inside the garage always works, but none of the remotes do. Can someone "zap" the remotes like a neighbor with a grudge to cancel them out? I have not replaced the remotes, but I think that should be my next step. It's kind of weird that all four remotes stop working on the same day and the new control boards offer no help.

By Troy


September 30, 20140 found this helpful

Turn off your router on your computer you might be getting noise thats interfearing with the programing.

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February 16, 2015

My keyless pad on the outside of the garage wasn't working. I took it off the wall to check on it and now the hand held I keep in the car won't work. What can I do. I do feel like I need a new keyless pad.

By Judy S.

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February 16, 2015

I have 2 doors and two working remotes. I bought a third remote and tried to program it.
It is programmed, but both doors work simultaneously; not separately. What am I doing wrong?

By Dave V

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January 25, 2015

My garage door opener will work from upstairs in the house, but it will not work from outside.

By Joyce B

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December 30, 2014

My remote has seemed at bit slow for the past month or so. I would shake it and it would work. Today it won't work at all. I replaced the battery, but still won't work. It is a Skylink and it came with the home I purchased 5 1/2 years ago.

By Nell D.

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December 4, 2014

We have two openers and two doors. for the past year there are times when neither one will open with the remotes or the keypad. We push the buttons over and over. Sometimes it will eventually open and sometimes it won't. We are thinking some kind of electrical interference but how do we figure it out? The batteries have been changed in everything and reprogrammed.

By Terry D.

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November 30, 2014

My garage door openers keep needing to be paired to the control. The keypad works fine. I replaced the batteries in both remotes. I can pair them and they work for about a week and then I have to pair them again. What could be causing this?

By Lisa

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November 29, 2014

I recently had a garage door replaced. After they left, I found that the remote opener and Homelink on my car stopped working on the garage door next to it. The company says it is nothing to do with the installation. Coincidence? sabotage?

By Mike P from Portland, OR

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September 17, 2014

I have followed the instructions in programming the remote. It works to open the door, but not to close the door. Help!

By Ben

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