How do I diagnose why our garage door remotes periodically stop working? I suspect that there is some sort of radio interference causing the problem.
This morning I left the house for about an hour. When I left, the opener worked fine. When I came back, the opener wouldn't work until it was about 3 feet from the antenna of the opener. I tested two remotes for this garage door, and two other remotes for two other garage doors. None of them would work unless inside the garage standing nearly directly beneath the opener.
This seems to happen every week or two. The interference seems to last for an hour or two. After that the garage door remotes start functioning normally again. I haven't been able to identify anything we are running inside the home that might cause it. I know that CFLs, microwaves, and such can cause interference. Often this happens when we get home when the house has been empty and pretty much everything in the house is off.
Our garage door openers are "Legacy" models manufactured by "Overhead Door" about 20 years ago. They use the "Code Dodger" remote control protocol. I have remote controls that came with the openers as well as universal replacements manufactured by Chamberlain.