March 13, 2015

A Simple Guide to Reprogramming Your Garage Door Opener

A Simple Guide to Reprogramming Your Garage Door Opener

As there are a number of different brands of garage door openers on the market, in this article, we’re only going to talk about how to reprogram the most popular ones: Chamberlain, LiftMaster and Craftsman.

We will also limit ourselves to door openers that have been manufactured since 1993. Since that time, garage door openers have been equipped with "rotating code" technology, which means that the code between the remote and the receiver changes each time you use it.

We’ll begin with a short explanation of how a door opener works. Your remote sends a radio signal to a receiver located inside the door opener box. In the event of a prolonged power outage, you will need to reprogram your remote.

How do you do it?

  • Use a stepladder to access the rear portion of the door opener motor.
  • Keep the remote to be reprogrammed with you.
  • Remove the housing protecting the light bulb. You should see various instructions regarding your door opener, including programming instructions.
  • You will see a colored button (green, orange, purple or yellow, depending on the model and year of the opener). Push the button until the indicator light or the light bulb flashes.
  • Push the button on your remote. The LED indicator will blink. This indicates that communication has been established.
  • Test the remote to make sure that it opens and closes your garage door.

Still doesn’t work?

  • Make sure that no one has pushed the "Lock" button on the wall control panel. If someone has, press it again to deactivate it and then try using your remote.

Do you have an exterior keypad?

  • If so, it works exactly like your remote. However, you’ll have to come down from the stepladder in order to establish communication.
  • Your access code is 4 digits long. You can change the code to another one at any time if you have given that code to someone so he or she can access your home.

Is your remote built in to your vehicle?

  • Programming may vary depending on the make of your car and the system that is installed. Consult your auto manufacturer’s website, or if you have a HomeLink system, visit their website for help with programming.

Keep your garage door opener maintenance manual somewhere where you can consult it at any time. There you will find the steps for programming your door opener and accessories, as well as a troubleshooting guide in the event of an emergency. You can also watch this short video to get a better idea of how to program your remote.

At Baker Door Company, our technicians have the necessary experience to respond to all your needs related to your garage door system. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 717-767-1419 or fill out our online service request form for further information!

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