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How to Reset Garage Door Opener

How to Reset Garage Door Opener

If your garage door opener isn’t working, you might need to reset it. Here’s how to reset garage door opener.

Troubleshooting a garage door opener that isn’t working can be tough if you’re not familiar with the various mechanics of the garage door opener or programming of its remote. However, one of the first places to start is the reset option.

In this article, we’re exploring how to reset garage door openers.

How to Reset Garage Door Opener

There are several reasons why you may need to reset your garage door opener. You may be troubleshooting your garage door opener, and want to reset it to see if that improves the issue. You may have moved to a new home, and need to reset it in order to secure your garage, much like changing the locks.

Whatever the reason, you’ll see that it’s easier than you think to change it. Here’s what you need to do to reset the garage door opener and make it safe. 

Here’s how to reset garage door openers.

Erase The Old Codes On The Garage Door Opener

Before you can do anything else, you’ll need to erase the codes that are already on your garage door opener. This is easier than you’d think, and will only take a second. 

To do this, look for the LEARN button on the garage door opener unit. If you’re not sure where it is, look in the manual to see where it should be. Typically, it should be on the back of the motor housing, away from the garage door. On some models, there may be a LED next to it. 

Using a step ladder to reach it, climb up and hold the LEARN button for at least six seconds. This should erase the codes that it already holds. When you’re doing this, be sure to stand clear of the garage door. Once you clear the codes, it should open and close. 

Reprogram Your Remote Control

Now you’re ready to reprogram your remote control, ready with the new codes. You may need to do this several times, depending on how many remotes you have for your garage door. You’ll need to reset at least one handheld remote, before you pair the garage door opener with your in car devices

All remotes will differ slightly in how you reprogram them, so the best thing to do is check the manual, to see how yours work. There are some common steps you can take though to achieve this:

  • Hold down the remote control program button until the LED light comes on. The light may be in different places depending on your remote, such as under the visor clip.
  • Choose a button to use as the open/close button for your garage door. Now, you’ll need to press it a number of times, depending on the type of garage door opener you have. You’ll find this info in the manual that comes with your device. 
  • Press any other button to exit this step. 
  • Press and release the LEARN button on the opener. The light next to it will glow for 30 seconds, which is the amount of time you’ll have to reprogram the opener. 
  • Press and hold the button on your remote for as long as this LED light is on. Then, you should see the garage door lights flash or you’ll hear two clicks. 
  • Test the programmed button on your remote. If you’ve followed these steps, the garage door should open up. 
  • Finally, if the remote is working as it should, you can clip it back to your visor. 

Reprogram Your In-Car Systems

Now that you’ve handled your remote, you’ll need to reprogram the in-car systems too. You’ll need to go through the following steps for each car that has in-car systems in your home. Again, the exact steps may be slightly different on your system, so you’ll want to check your manual for an exact guide. 

  • Press and hold the two outside buttons on your remote, releasing them only when the indicator light begins to flash rapidly. Be aware that some systems will need you to have the ignition in the ‘on’ position to be able to do this. 
  • Hold the end of the transmitter you wish to train around 1 to 2 inches away from the surface of the in-car device, keeping the indicator light in view. 
  • Press and hold the transmitter button and the in-vehicle button at the same time, only releasing when the light changes from a slow to a rapid blink. 
  • Press the LEARN button on the garage door opener for one second, and release. You only have 30 seconds to do this, so be sure to do it quickly.
  • In the vehicle, press and hold the program link button for two seconds, then release. Repeat this step, and the garage door opener should activate on the second press. 

Reset Your Keypad

In many cases, you’ll now be done and ready to open your garage door with the new codes. If you have a keypad, you’ll have to go through an extra step to connect this using that new code. Typically, you’ll find instructions on changing the code under the cover, so check these before going ahead. 

  • Press the LEARN button on your garage door opener, and then press the * and # keys on the keypad at the same time. Do this until the LED light stops blinking. 
  • Enter a new four digit code, and then press and hold ENTER. The opener light should blink. If it doesn’t, press it again. Once you’re done, press 0 to exit the programming mode. 

You also have the option to set temporary codes, if needed. These are useful if you’re having a delivery made when you’re not home, so the delivery person can leave the item in your garage. They’re also good if a friend or family member needs to get in.

To set the code, enter your PIN, then hold * until the opener light blinks 3 times. Then, enter the temporary code and you should see the light blink 3 times again. Press ENTER again to exit the set up. 

Now you know exactly how to erase and change the codes on your garage door opener, keeping it secure and allowing everyone who needs it access. It’s easier than it looks, and only takes a few seconds. Make sure you change your codes when needed. 

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