Resetting Your Garage Door Opener

Numerous homeowners across the country have a garage where they store their car and belongings or utilize the space for hobbies. The garage may also be your main entryway into your home. Ultimately, you likely use your garage quite often, and your garage door opener should be reliable.

If the automatic opener system is broken or damaged or you’ve lost it, your best bet is to reset the garage door opener. The process of reprogramming your garage door opener is dependent on the type of opener your own, the age of the opener and your garage door opener system.

The good news is changing or reprogramming a garage door opener is generally an easy task. The first step you should take to reset your garage door opener is to check an instruction manual. If you lost the original instructions or don’t have access to it, or prefer to follow our helpful guide, we’re here to help. Keep in mind that attempting to reprogram a broken garage door opener can be dangerous, which is why it’s best to work with a professional.

Check out everything you need to know about how to reprogram your garage door opener successfully.

Do Garage Door Openers Have Fuses?

A garage door opener is a combination of various features that allow the product to function properly. Depending on the model or brand you own, it might include a fuse on its list of parts. This component is an essential part of inspecting if your garage door opener is malfunctioning.

A fuse is an essential part of an electrical circuit. To put it simply, this safety feature is what protects your garage opener if there’s something faulty within the circuit. The fuse has a small wire inside that will melt and break the circuit if there’s too much electric current passing through.

There are a few ways to tell if a fuse in your garage opener has burned out:

  • Your circuit breaker is on.
  • Your garage opener has no power, but the system is plugged into an outlet.
  • You know the outlet the system is plugged into has power.

Either the fuses or another internal component is likely the cause of your faulty garage opener. It’s best to consult a professional technician if you suspect an issue is occurring with your garage opener. This way, you won’t encounter any safety issues. If the fuse is your concern, the technician will check to see if it’s still operating by:

  • Locating the glass fuse
  • Inspecting if the fuse has blown
  • Using proper tools to check its performance
  • Replacing the fuse if needed

Other Issues That May Impact Your Garage Door Opener

Other than the fuse in the circuit board burning out or melting, here are some of the other problems that may impact the operation of your garage opener:

  • A power surge caused the transformer to fail.
  • A wire is burnt or loose.
  • Your circuit board is defective.
  • There’s a faulty capacitor.
  • Your electrical cord is broken.
  • An electrical cord has detached from the opener terminal.

If you suspect any of these issues with your garage opening system, a professional technician will be able to bring quality tools and use their expert knowledge to find the issue and provide the best solution. Specifically, a multi-meter is the tool that will help determine the exact source of the problem causing your garage opening system to not work.

When your garage door is experiencing electrical problems, a technician will perform some of the following tasks:

  • Access the garage door opener with a ladder
  • Locate the outlet the garage opener is plugged into and unplug the system
  • Take off the outlet cover to reveal the circuit board and motor
  • Find the fuse and other internal components in the circuit board
  • Look for obvious signs of damage, like broken parts or a burning smell
  • Use the multi-meter to inspect the fuse and other parts of the garage door opener

Do Garage Door Openers Have a Reset Button?

After you inspect your garage door for damage or have a service technician come out to maintenance your door, you’re ready to begin the resetting process. Before you start going through the steps to reset a garage door opener code, you’ll have to ensure what type of system you have — more specifically, if the opening system is an older or newer model.

Generally, newer garage openers have a button that will reset the system. If you own an older model, the garage opener uses a dual in-line package (DIP) to operate the system. The systems that use a DIP rely on radio frequencies and switches, while newer garage door openers use wireless signals. Both of these signals could possibly interfere with other devices in your home. If this situation begins to happen, you’ll have to reset your garage opener.

How to Check if Your Garage Door Opener Is New or Old

The best method to check whether your garage opener is a newer or older model is looking at the main unit. This part of the opener should have a series of switches or a button on the inside of the unit that will read “Home” or “Learn.”

Finding a button on the inside of your garage door opener typically means your unit is newer, while switches will indicate that it’s an older model. You’ll have to reset your unit differently depending on the type of garage door opener you have. If you can’t figure out whether your system is new or old, you can always contact a professional to get their expert opinion.

Resetting a Garage Door Opener With DIP System

Learning how to reset your older garage opener is extremely helpful when you’re trying to get in or out of your garage and the system stops working. An older garage door opener will have somewhere between nine and 12 switches inside the main unit and the handheld remote. 

For the remote to connect with the garage door opener, the switches must be in the same positions on the remote and the main unit. Take the outer covers off both products and check if the switch positions match. If they don’t match, take something narrow like a pen or pencil and slide the switches on the remote so they’re identical to the main unit. After you complete this step, put the covers back on and test to ensure it works.

Resetting a Garage Door Opener With Newer System

If you have to reprogram a garage door opener that has a reset button, you’ll first have to find the button that says “Home” or “Learn.” You’ll notice that the button might be next to an LED light or the garage door opener’s antenna. The light will show a different color depending on the type of garage door opener you have.

After you find the reset button, you can begin to reset your garage door opener. While the exact process varies, most models with a button will have you push the button for around five seconds. Another common process requires you to hold the button down until the LED light begins to blink. For many garage door opener systems, that’s all you’ll have to do when reprogramming.

A quick online search of the make and model of your garage door and opener should help you figure out which process will reset it.

Resetting a Liftmaster Garage Door Remote

When you first moved into your home or installed your Liftmaster garage door opener, you received a remote that will open your garage door. This garage door remote comes programmed with a default code that connects the garage door opener remote with the main system. Since the remote comes with a default code, it’s important to change the code after your use the garage door opener for the first time to prevent unauthorized entry.

A Liftmaster garage door opener will have a button that reads “Learn” on the motor. To reprogram the Liftmaster opener system, you’ll have to:

  • Push the button on the remote
  • Press the button located on the motor
  • Hold the buttons until the light on the garage door opener flashes, indicating the system has been reset

How to reprogram your Liftmaster garage door opener

You can change the code on the remote by:

  • Pressing the “Learn” button
  • Waiting until the light turns on
  • Pushing the button on the garage opener remote

How to Reset Your Garage Door Opener Code

It’s important to reset your garage door opener code somewhat frequently so you can keep your belongings and home secure. Fortunately, the process of resetting your garage door code on your keypad is simple. If it’s time to start using a new pin code to access your garage, we can help you with the process.

Why Reset Your Garage Door Opener Keypad

If you have a Liftmaster garage door opener or another newer type of system, you’ll have a garage door keypad that allows you to gain entrance into your garage with a code when you don’t have the garage remote. The garage door keypad code is an easy way for your entire family to enter the garage. Even if you’re the only one who has the remote openers, your kids or other family members will still be able to gain entry into the garage.

While a garage door code is convenient, it’s helpful to learn how to reset the code when necessary. You may want to reset your code if you:

  • Lose your remote
  • Move into a new place
  • Give the garage code to someone who doesn’t live in your home
  • Suspect suspicious activity in your neighborhood
  • Think someone has attempted to gain access into your garage
  • Can’t remember your old code

Most of the newer garage door openers have a keypad on the inner side of your garage door. It’s helpful to check your keypad to ensure it’s working correctly and has batteries so you can move forward with the reprogramming process.

Steps to Reset Your Garage Door Opener Keypad

  1. Find the “Learn” button on the garage door opener, located on your main unit or on the wall control panel. 
  2. Press the button and quickly release it. You might have to repeat this step if your Liftmaster garage door opener has a MyQ control panel.
  3. Enter a new pin number on your keypad within 30 seconds of pushing the “Learn” button. Then, hit the “Enter” button.
  4. The LED light on the garage opener will either blink or go out to show you’ve changed the four-digit keypad pin number.
  5. Test out your new pin.

After you’ve completed all five steps, you’ve successfully reprogrammed the pin for your garage door opener keypad. If you’re wondering what pin number you should choose for your garage door keypad, it’s best to choose something simple but secretive. Avoid sensitive information, like birthdays, addresses or phone numbers. A good garage code is easy for you and your family to remember but difficult for strangers to guess.

How Do You Clear the Memory on Your Garage Door Opener?

Homeowners may want to clear the memory from their garage door opener for many reasons, like if they’re moving into a new home or switching over rental tenants. Most newer garage door openers have a limited amount of storage. Since these systems retain all of the codes for keyless entry, it’s important to know how to clear the memory.

If you must reset or clear the memory from your garage door opener, follow these steps:

  1. Access your garage door opener.
  2. Find the “Learn” button.
  3. Push the button for around six seconds.
  4. Wait for the LED light to blink or go out.
  5. Reprogram the necessary codes.

How to clear the memory on your garage door opener

These steps are similar to other resetting processes for your garage door system.

Contact AE Door & Window for Garage Door Service

If you ever have trouble resetting your garage door opener or need someone to fix your broken system, contact the experts at AE Door & Window. We’ll be able to help you schedule service for your garage door opener and offer helpful advice on how to reprogram your Liftmaster opening system. Before you know it, your garage door opener will be back in working order.

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