Just when you thought your week couldn’t get any worse, you’ve found yourself searching, “I lost my garage door opener remote!” Nothing throws a spanner in the works quite like realising you’ve misplaced your garage remote. Whether it has fallen off your keychain, the kids have found a new hiding place for it, the dog’s eaten it, or you’ve been a victim of theft, here’s what you need to do next.
Don’t panic, plan
It’s easy to go straight into panic mode when you realise your garage door remote has gone missing but keep in mind that, worst-case scenario, you can always order a replacement.
If you’ve left a spare with a friend, neighbour or family member, give them a call so you can get access in the meantime. Then, retrace your steps and check all the places you may have left it. Usually, after a bit of searching, it’ll appear where you least expect it.
If you’re still empty-handed, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Secure your garage, safeguard your home
A remote control garage door opener can easily end up in the hands of the wrong person. If your garage door remote was stolen along with your handbag, it doesn’t take much research for someone to link the name on your bank cards to your home address.
With that in mind, it’s crucial to secure your garage as soon as you realise your remote is missing, and if your garage is attached to your home with internal access, even more so.
The best way to do this is to delete all remotes from your garage door opener’s memory, which will ensure all current and previously stored remotes will no longer be able to access your system. You can then reprogramme any remaining remotes you have on hand within the family and/or trusted friends, leaving the stolen remote unable to access your garage door.
Future proofing ideas
If this experience has left you uneasy there are a couple of other options you may want to consider.
Look at installing a wireless weatherproof keypad where, rather than having a remote, you have a pincode entry. We stock a range of systems here.
Many modern security systems also have the option of an app-based access system, allowing you to control your home from your phone. This is a great option for busy households, especially those with forgetful teens coming and going!
Or, keep it simple with a spare remote secured in a lockbox somewhere out-of sight. You’ll find a great range here.
Get a garage door remote replacement
Once your property is secured, you can focus on making life easier moving forward. As long as you know the brand and model of your garage door, finding a replacement remote is relatively straightforward.
At Remote Warehouse, we offer free shipping on all purchases and carry a huge range of stock, including Dominator, Tiltamatic and Merlin garage door remotes. Our knowledgeable team can help you find a remote that is compatible with your system so that you can get back to life-as-normal sooner rather than later.