How to choose a Garage Door remote that works

Kris Uncategorised

PT Doors is a life-saver when it comes to simplifying the automation of your garage doors and other home security systems using a garage door remote.

Imagine the dream—your garage door, electric gates and home alarm system all connected to the one system and the one remote. Life would be so simple.

This dream became a reality recently for Bill, a customer, who was building a rather large home. Bill had a vision that if his TV, DVD and stereo were connected to one remote, why couldn’t his security systems be controlled using the one remote control. Problems like access to the remotes could be better monitored, and there would be less chance of losing one control as opposed to keeping track of a group of them.

garage door remote is an essential

Bill thought his garage door remote was not a luxury; he thought of it as an essential for himself and family.   Bill wanted:

  • safety and security for him and family so they could stay secure in the car whilst the garage door was being opened and the car safely parked.
  • weather protection was an essential and not an optional consideration.
  • easy reprogramming and this was absolutely necessary as Bill did not consider himself an IT expert.

PT Doors provide their customers with state-of-the art and best value automatic garage doors and remote control systems. They have the clues and they provide the follow-up service which means they deliver excellent customer service.

Sensible questions to ask a PT Doors representative 

Bill had some very sensible questions to ask his PT Doors representative:

How do I choose a garage door remote? 

Choosing  the same manufacturer of your garage door remote to that of your garage door opener is the most sensible and logical purchase. Below are some of the companies that sell garage door openers and garage door remotes.

  • Dominator
  • ATA
  • Merlin
  • B&D

A garage door opener can maintain multiple remotes and one keyless entry, so it is just a matter of making your choice of the options provided by the manufacturers.

How does a garage door remote work

New garage door remotes use a rolling code technology that functions by changing the code each time the remote is pressed.  A radio frequency allows the remote to send a signal to the garage door opener, instructing it to go up or down.

Older garage door remotes have small dip switches that turn on and off. The same set of dip switches is present in the garage door opener controlling the operation of the door.

What are garage door remote frequencies?

Radio frequencies are measured in megahertz (MHz). The most common frequencies garage door remotes use are 300 MHz, 310 MHz, 315 MHz, 318 MHz or 390 MHz. The frequency for a garage door remote or motor is usually printed on the product itself so it is easy to find.

How do I program a garage door remote?

Each garage door remote is unique depending on the manufacturer. For more information on how to program your remote please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I program a garage door remote that has a dip switch?

The dip switch in your garage door remote and in your opener have to match—that means the dip switches are placed in the same position.

Sometimes the garage door opener doesn’t have a dip switch. Instead the opener will have only a learn button. To program the garage door remote, push the learn button and at the same time press the garage door remote.

Can you fit an older garage door with a garage door opener?

Of course.  PT Doors have the knowledge and experience to provide you with a full range of options and information if you want to fit your current garage door with a garage door opener.

Contact us – we are the Sydney based garage door specialists. 

For more information from a garage door Sydney based expert, please contact PT Doors at [email protected] or phone 02 9785 3219.