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Garage Door Opener Remotes do NOT like Freezing Temperatures!

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by Moshe ben David, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Moshe ben David

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    Seems like every year or so I need to relearn this lesson.

    Most of us here in US (aka the 'lower 48') are aware of the massive and unseasonal sub normal temperatures of the past week.

    Like most folks I leave my garage door opener remote in my car pretty much 24/7/365.

    Well, over the last few days my remote became extremely cranky... Since my prime entry to the house is the garage this was not a good thing. Once I got into the house and let the remote warm up a bit it was behaving more or less OK.

    I've had this happen in the past; usually in winter I stop leaving the remote in the car but rather let it ride in my coat pocket. I'd forgotten.

    And no, keeping an extra cell in the car I don't think is a solution; it would just react to the cold. Duh!

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  2. garza

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    We switched to a MyQ garage door opener. The door can be opened and closed using a phone app.
     
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    Yea, I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt here in Cali today. Haven't really run into that problem.
     
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  4. Moshe ben David

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    LOL

    On the other hand, here in Northern Virginia we've never had to deal with the power company PURPOSELY doing a blackout to avoid forest fires....

    Robert Frost had a poem, "Fire and Ice":

    Fire and Ice
    BY ROBERT FROST
    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    I've liked this poem since roughly 6th grade.... ;)

    L'chaim!

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  5. rdisom

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    Yea, that's crazy about shutting off power. Thankfully it has only been PG&E so far. I get my juice from SoCal Edison, and they haven't adopted that policy. Yet...
     
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  6. Captdave13

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    Same with gate remotes. Luckily there’s always the keypad for the gate entry.


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  7. Moshe ben David

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    Wish I had a keypad. These garage door openers were apparently installed before keypads were known...

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    May be able to do an add on keypad.


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  9. Moshe ben David

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    Maybe. But we're not planning to upgrade anything on this place - getting the house ready for selling so we can downsize... my existing garage hardware is clearly aged so I suspect integrating a keypad would cost a bit.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    1st World Problems!?

    I wish I had a Garage!

    Moshe,the button inside the garage is likely just a simple set of contacts that close to activate the door cycle and an outside KP is a pretty standard and universal device.
    I would think it would also only add value to the home as well.
     
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  11. Moshe ben David

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    That actually sounds like it may be worth looking into.... thanks.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe
     
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    Add-on keypads for garage doors are usually inexpensive and easy to install.
     
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    Not at all. Perhaps you're thinking about a wired keypad remote? If you're garage door opener functions with a remote, then a wireless keypad is a cheap and easy install. But the thing is, it's actually outside all the time too. Here in Nebraska, my outdoor wireless keypad has never failed to function unless the batteries are wearing down, so I think its possible that you're batteries are wearing down. When was the last time you replaced the battery?
     
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    Hell you could use a key entry for that door as well. Uses two contacts and a tubular style key. Cheap ace hardware stuff. And adds utility too.


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    Yeah, I SHOULD be able to use key entries on the overhead doors... except that not one of the keys we have from the previous owner fits the locks on the overhead doors... never really gave it much thought. Duh. Need to get a locksmith; and not just for the overhead doors. Main lock to the house also seems pretty messed up. We never really use it -- just via the garage.

    Yeah, I think the battery has worn down. And I recognize that if it were a wireless keypad it would be just as susceptible to the weather so I doubt I'd want to go that route.

    L'chaim to all!

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    For anecdotal data, I live in a very harsh climate and my wireless keypad is going strong about ten years after installation.
     
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    Same here. I would add that most wireless keypads use a 9v (rectangular) battery and those are available in lithium versions, which have a long life and are less susceptible to sub-freezing temps.
     
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