how to reset garage door opener

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Tools Needed
1 Garage Door Opener
2 Garage Door Remote
3 Garage Door Keypad
4 New Batteries
Materials Needed
1 Small Screw Driver
2 Ladder
3 Safety Spotter
4 Pliers
Total Cost
$10-$20
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Estimated Time
20-30 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Whether you are looking to keep your home safe by switching up your code or your garage door opener has just mysteriously stopped working, it is as important that you have access to your garage as it is that no one else does. Resetting your garage door opener is simple, and it only takes a few minutes. Once your garage door opener is reprogrammed, you will be able to rest easy knowing that everything is both secure and working perfectly.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Use The Learn Button

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The garage door opener motor is the piece of equipment you see on the ceiling of your garage. All you need to do is slide the cover down so that you can see the bulb, wires, and a button. When you open the cover to the garage door opener, you will see a button. This button is called the learn button, and it is usually either red or purple.

Once you have located it, you want to hold down the learn button. When you do this, a light will come on beside the button. You want to hold the button down for about five seconds, until the light turns off. Once the light has gone off, check to see that the remote to your garage no longer operates the garage door opener. If the opener does not respond when you push the button on the controller, then you have successfully erased the code to your garage door, and you can ensure that no one will have access to you garage without your knowledge.

At this point the garage door opener and controller do not have a code and are basically useless. If you wish to reprogram the garage door opener with a different code, just press the learn button again. This will cause the same light beside the button to come on. This is exactly what you want.

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Reprogramming The Code

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Then, once you hit the button on the controller you want to use, the light beside the learn button will flash and then turn off.  If you have a Genie remote, then you will press the button on the controller three times instead of just once, and be sure to keep it a minimum of two feet from the power head. Press the remote button one more time to see if the garage door opens or closes. Now, your garage door code is reset, and when you press the button on the remote, the garage door should operate perfectly.

If you are using a keypad, you would type in a new four digit code at this point, instead of pressing the controller button. Once the light on the learn button blinks, the new code has been learned.

There are other modes and types of garage door openers that are reprogrammed differently. For instance, if you have a Genie multi-button remote with internal set switches, you would have to make sure the switches on the receiver are the same as the internal code setting switches. Then move the programming switch to “S,” press the transmitter button you wish to set, and flip the programming switch back to “R.” Keypads are a little more complicated to reprogram. To reprogram the Genie keypad, first open the cover by pressing “#” and “8.” Then you will press “3,” “5,” and “7” in that order followed by your created PIN, which cannot use “#” or “*”, followed by the “#” button. Then enter the door code and slide the cover back over the keypad.

Conclusion

If you just take a few minutes to follow these few, simple instructions, you can easily reprogram your garage door opener. If your remote control for you garage door inexplicably stopped working, just take a few moments to try this before calling a repairman or buying something you might not need. Also, if you’ve just moved into a home, you will want to do this as soon as you possibly can to ensure that no unknown people have access to your garage.  It takes both minimal time and effort, but if you have a garage, this knowledge can help you in the long run.

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Questions And Answers

Can a garage door be repaired?

Yes, you can have a garage door repaired. Depending on what is wrong with the door you may find it cheaper to just replace the whole thing. It is also important to keep in mind that because of the springs used in the door assembly, repairing can be dangerous.

How much is a new garage door?

To replace the door for your garage you are looking at $300, on the low end, for a single door garage. On the high end, it will cost about $2,000. The typical range for a garage door replacement is between $730 and $1,422. The national average for replacement is $1,607.

Why is my garage door not opening?

There are many reasons why your garage door would stop opening. You may have a blocked photo-eye. The remote may be malfunctioning. The torsion spring may be broken. You may have a loose or snapped cable. The door may be off track. There are also many other possible causes.

How much is a new garage door?

The cost of your new garage door will be dependent upon a number of things. First, the material used for the garage door, as well as how large the door is. Finally, will you need an automatic door system? If so, you need to calculate in that added expense.

How much is a two car garage door?

For a new two-car garage door to be installed, on the low side it cost about $2000. This price can vary greatly depending on the features you want, as well as the material that you wish to have your garage door constructed of. The price just climbs from there.

What kind of paint to use on a wooden garage door?

It is recommended that you use an exterior acrylic high-quality paint. Latex paint is able to be applied on top of oil or latex-based primer. Make sure that the surface is clean and old paint has been removed before sanding, priming, and ultimately, painting.

How much does it cost to paint a garage door?

Depending on where you are located, the cost of painting your garage door will run between $1.29 and 2.75 for each square foot. The cost can vary based on the type of paint that you want as well as other factors. Where you live may also have an effect.

How much are garage door panels?

Depending on the garage door a panel repair will cost you around $150 and up. A full panel replacement will cost $250 and up. Sometimes it can be the most cost effective to replace the whole garage door as opposed to replacing or repairing panels.

How do you measure for a new garage door?

First, measure the widest point’s width. Then, measure the highest point’s height. Next, measure the areas near the openings for the width. Then, measure the area in between the ceiling and door opening. Finally, you will measure from the nearest obstruction and the opening in the back of the garage.

How long does it take to put on a new garage door?

The timing of putting on a new garage door varies. However, the average installation of a new garage door is around three hours. The larger the door, the longer it is going to take. If you only have a small garage door, it should be a bit quicker.

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