How to Program a Garage Door Opener Yourself

How to Program a Garage Door Opener Yourself

According to statistics, a garage door opens about 1,500 times yearly. This creates a serious workload on all mechanisms, including a garage door opener. If it is broken, it creates not only discomfort conditions or becomes the reason you are late at work.

Also, it is a severe threat to your house security as intruders may use this malfunction for their benefit. Our friends from Abell Garage Doors, statistics show that in about 70% of all burglaries, the intruders use garage doors to break into the house.

Required Equipment

The garage door opener is a fairly cheap task that does not require buying additional equipment. All you need is a ladder (or you may use a stool of an appropriate height) and a screwdriver. Depending on the remote type, you may need a flat or Phillips blade screwdriver. Sometimes, you may need a paper clip to push on the recessed reset button.

Single-Code Garage Door Programming

If you have a single code controller, you may program it in 5 simple steps:

  1. First, remove a cover from a remote controller that protects internal mechanisms. Some models are easy to open since they use latches to fasten the box. In other cases, you need to use a screwdriver.
  2. After you access manual switches, you can move them to change position and a code.
  3. Now, place the ladder under the door motor unit and find the place where all the wires come in. Depending on the model, the cover may also be fastened with latches so you can simply flip it out.
  4. After you access manual switches, change their position to match the code on the remote controller. 
  5. Put the cover in its place and fasten it.

If you have spare remotes, it is essential to repeat the same procedure with them. Now, you may test how everything works. Always check there are no obstacles that may prevent the door opening. 

Multi-Code Garage Door Programming

Programming a multi-code garage door opening mechanism is a bit more complicated:

  1. Put your ladder next to the motor that opens your garage doors.
  2. Climb the ladder and get access to the control panel. You will recognize it by the buttons and wires that come inside the engine box.
  3. Now, you must find and press the “Learn” button. Since multiple garage opener manufacturers and model types exist, the button may have other inscriptions, for example, “Door Code.”
  4. Hold the button until you see a flashing light on the motor that opens the garage doors. After that, you may release it. Sometimes, this button may be recessed for security reasons. If it is about your model, use the paperclip to reach it. 
  5. Now, locate an appropriate transmitter button on the remote controller. Hold it until you see a flashing light on the garage door motor again. It is a sign you did everything correctly and that the signal was sent successfully. 
  6. Now, switch back to the “Learn” button and press it again (one quick press will be enough). By doing this, you set a new relevant code. If you see that the light blinks one time, it means you did everything correctly. 
  7. Do not forget to repeat steps from 3 to 6 for all other remorse controls you may have.

As with a single-code controller, you may finish by testing a garage door. Also, it would not hurt to have spare batteries. In this case, you do not need to look for them in the middle of the programming.

Reasons to Program a Garage Door Opener

Along with a faulty garage door opener, there are multiple security reasons why you should program it. For example, it is a must-have procedure if you give the code to service technicians. You should also change the code if you move to a new house. Remotes are quite tiny things, so they may be easily lost. 

It is another reason to reprogram the door opener and sleep peacefully without worrying that intruders may find the remote and use it to break in. This is especially dangerous if a thief steals a remote from your car, where most store vehicle registrations. It is easy for him to get info about your physical address.


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