Garage Door Repair 101: A Guide to Programming Your Garage Door Opener

A faulty garage door is certainly frustrating! Usually, a garage door opens so smoothly it’s a shock when something goes wrong. If you’ve got a problem with your garage door opener, it’s dollars to donuts it just needs reprogrammed. This is a fairly simple garage door repair you can do yourself. Relax! We’ll walk you through every step.

How to Program a Garage Door Opener

To reprogram your garage door opener, you’ll need to locate the “learn” button on the power box that connects to the garage door. You’ll need a steady ladder so you can get up close and personal to repair your garage door opener. One side of the power box for your opener should pop open and fold down. This gives you access to the light bulb, wires, and the “learn” button.

Push the “learn” button until a small light next to the button comes on. At the same time, the main button on your garage door remote. Wait for the light to blink. This is a sign your garage door has been reprogrammed and the repair is complete.

Finally, you’ll close up the power box and test the remote of your garage door opener.

How to Program a Garage Door Opener Keypad

Have a keypad outside your garage door that starts the garage door opener? From time to time, it’s a good idea to change the code due to security reasons. You never know how many times your kids have given out the code to their friends!

Fortunately, reprogramming the keypad of your garage door opener is a fairly simple repair — about as simple as reprogramming the opener itself.

Press the “learn” button and wait for the small light to appear next to it. Once it lights up, you’ll have 30 seconds to program the keypad. Go to the keypad and program the new code you want to use.

Press enter. Hopefully the light on the garage door opener should blink. This is a sign the opener received the code and is programmed to accept that code. Close up the power box and test the keypad.

How to Program an Old (or New) Remote

Lose your garage door opener remote? You can reprogram an old remote to a newer garage door opener. You can also purchase a new remote and program it to your existing garage door opener.

All you need to do is follow the instructions to program new remotes. The connection to the new remote will override the old one. This way if you happen to find the old remote later on, there’s no concern a stranger might find the old remote and access to your garage.

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