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Garage door opens

I have had my garage door open on its own with no one activating the remote or the wall mounted opener. What can cause this?

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  • BillTCA Jan 01, 2008

    I am having the same problem. No cars or others are in the area and this has happened a number of times over the past month.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    I have had the same problem. Seems to do it most when I out and around the garage (like a noise or vibration might cause it?). I had to pull the plug over the winter because it was happening so much. Spring is here and so I pluged it back up. It has happen twice within 24 hours already. No new neighbor... all newer homes... no one in area...

    Can I turn the remote function off?

    Thanks for a reply.



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Do you have the option to change the electronic codes on your garage door opener system? My father-in-law had the same problem a number of years ago. He had not reset the code (equivalent to the combination on a lock) from the equivalent of 0-0-0 (which his unit shipped with). Turned out that a neighbor (or neighbour - in Canada) had the same /similar unit and when the neighbor opened 'his' door, my father-in-law's door would also open. You don't have to see the person drive by - it can be the neighbors behind you as well. You may find a solution by determining if you can change the original electronic code to a different one of your own choosing.
Hope this helps.

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