What to do if your garage door remote is lost or stolen

So you’ve looked everywhere but can’t find your garage door remote – it happens sometimes! There’s no need to panic, but it’s definitely a good idea to get the problem sorted out quickly. Your garage remote is like the key to your house – when one goes missing, replacing it should be high on your priority list. If your remote has been stolen or picked up by someone else, you want to make sure your garage is secure and not accessible by anyone other than you. Here at WA Roller Doors, we’ve put together a guide detailing how to keep your garage secure when this happens and how to make do without your remote.

Disabling your remote or opener

First things first, you’re going to need to unplug your garage door opener and reset your code. Luckily, an opener replacement is not necessary – you’ll just need another remote! Shutting down your opener will buy you a bit more time to either find your missing remote or buy a new one, while keeping your garage secure. The next step is to make sure you reset your opener as soon as possible – most openers have a button to clear the memory and remove codes. If you’re not sure how to do this, check your owners manual for instructions. Following these steps will increase safety and security, as you can rest easy knowing no one else will have access to your house.

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Opening the door manually

If you’re left without a remote, you’re going to have to open your garage door the old fashioned way. Not sure how to use the manual function? Check out our article on power outages, where we cover how to open your garage door by hand. Make sure you follow all safety precautions – opening and closing your garage door manually should be easy if your door and opener are in good working order. However, if you have any issues with manual operation, don’t hesitate to contact WA Roller Doors for maintenance and support.

Remote replacement

If you haven’t managed to find your original remote, it’s probably time to buy a new one. Replacement remotes are always available from specialists like WA Roller Doors – you can check out our selection on our website here. Note: don’t forget to double check which brands are compatible with your opener before purchasing!


Precautionary measures

Avoid the hassle next time your remote goes missing by having a contingency plan in place. If you don’t have one already, consider buying a backup remote and either storing it in a secure location or attaching it to your keychain. To safeguard against theft, make sure your car doors are always locked and keep your remote hidden or with you.

Quality service

Here at WA Roller Doors, we pride ourselves on service and support you can trust. If you’re looking to replace your remote, garage door or just book in for a service, contact us on (08) 9285 0333 or via our website


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