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Residents might have problems with garage door openers

July 30, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Letterkenny Army Depot's public affairs office released information Thursday about problems area residents might experience with their garage door openers.

People living around some military bases have reported their garage door openers have malfunctioned or stopped working, according to a press release from the Federal Communications Commission.

Garage door openers operate on frequencies reserved for the federal government since World War II, according to the release. The Department of Defense started using more frequencies to accommodate new mobile radio systems on certain military bases.

Interference will not cause the garage doors to open or close on their own. Wall-mounted push buttons inside the garage will not be affected, according to the release.

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Several government agencies are working with the garage door opener industry to minimize the impact to customers, according to the release.

Lindsay Washabaugh, public information officer for Letterkenny, said the depot is running related tests and collecting data on its communications tower.

"We can expect more information in the next 60 days," she said.

Consumers experiencing interference may contact the door opener's manufacturer or local installer.

For more information about the interference itself, call 1-888-CALL-FCC.

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