Reprogramming a garage remote is something that just seems to come up suddenly. Either it gets lost, broken or stolen; and then you find you need to reprogram a new one. AAA Action Garage Doors will go through the steps of how to reprogram the device and help you understand what goes on when you use a garage remote.
How Does a Garage Door Opener Remote Work? Radio Frequency Rolling Code Algorithm
In modern garages, the remotes use a rolling code technology. Rolling code technology functions by changing the code as you open or close the garage door or press the button. When you press the button it sends a radio frequency or signal that makes your garage door roll up or down. The older remotes use the same code over and over again to open and close your garage door.
Garage Door Remote Frequency Finder; Megahertz
This may lose a few folks, but the radio frequencies are measured in megahertz. Your average garage door remote uses 300 MHz, 310, 315, 318 and 390 MHz. You will need to see which one your garage door motor uses. Usually it will be print directly on the motor box. When seeking to replace a remote, you will need to purchase the correct remote with the same megahertz required.
How to Program a Garage Door Opener Remote
Step 1 – Purchase the remote that matches both the brand of your garage and megahertz required for your garage door. Most of your local hardware stores will carry the common name brands such as Liftmaster, Genie, Allstar, Linear, and Stanley. Check your motor box for brand name, and megahertz before you purchase the remote to make sure they will read each other.
Step 2 – Each model of garage door reprogramming protocols do vary slightly but all of them have a “Learn” button. You will need to locate this button. You may need to remove the light cover on your box if it is not located on the outside.
Step 3 – Now that you have found the Learn button you can reprogram your remote. You will need your remote handy. Press and hold the learn button on the motor until the light begins to blink. Then press the open button on your remote. After that do a few test runs to see if the reprogramming was successful. You may need to hold the button on the remote if it didn’t work the first time. Just repeat but hold the open button on the remote for 30 seconds and see if that works.
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Each model may slightly vary. If you couldn’t reprogram your remote, look up your exact make and model and follow their procedure. Also keep in mind some garage doors can only hold up to 4 or 5 remotes at one time. If you have exceeded this limit, you will need to remove some old signal the remote no longer uses to make room for the new ones. You will find that it is quick and easy to reprogram a new garage door remote. If you need any assistance with your garage door needs, AAA Garage Doors are here to assist you. We hope you found this article helpful. And contact us for all your garage door needs!