If you have a garage door opener, you may lose its remote, or the equipment may stop working over time due to a malfunction or normal wear and tear. When this happens, you can either contact the garage door opener's manufacturer and order a replacement remote using your part number as a reference, or choose a universal model, which you can find at many do-it-yourself retailers. Do your research first, though, as some door openers aren't compatible with universal remotes.
If you have a newer garage door opener featuring a smart/learn button, here is one way you can reprogram either your universal or specific replacement remote:
- Locate the remote's smart and/or learn button, press it down, and then release it immediately. The indicator light will then glow non-stop for 30 seconds.
- During the 30 seconds while the light is glowing, determine what button on the remote you want to use and hold it down.
- When the remote's light blinks, release the button. If the remote doesn't feature light bulbs, release the button when you hear two clicks.
- Test the remote to make sure it works. If it doesn't, repeat the reprogramming process.Your garage door can either be open or closed during the procedure.
If you have an older garage door opener featuring a dip switch, here is one way you can reprogram a universal or specific replacement remote:
- Determine the number of times you need to press the remote's button to open the garage door depending on the opener's year and model. You can find this information in your garage door opener's user manual.
- Match the dip switches on the new remote, the old remote if you have it, and the opener's motor unit. You may need to stand on a ladder to access the motor. Turn any extra switches off.
- Press the remote's program button until it lights up and then choose a button to program.
- Press the chosen button for the amount of times determined in step 1. The light should stop flashing after each button press.
- When the code is accepted and the door opens, press the program button. Repeat the process from step 2 if the door doesn't activate.
You can add an additional garage door opener remote for other family members using the same steps, if desired.
For more help with garage door maintenance and repair, contact a local company like Lake County Door Co.