How to Program a Garage Door Remote

Many homeowners instinctively reach for the garage door’s remote control unit as they guide their vehicle into the driveway. However, if you press the appropriate button and nothing happens, it may be time for a remote control upgrade.

Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Opener

Before you purchase a new remote, you might want to ensure that another problem isn’t causing the issue. Start by replacing the unit’s batteries, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve changed them. You can also try moving the device closer to the door to make sure it’s not out of range.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can perform these opener troubleshooting steps:

  • Verify that the opener is plugged in and the circuit breaker is in the proper place.
  • Check that you haven’t accidentally activated the door’s manual lock.
  • If the opener has an antenna to receive a signal from the remote, make sure that it’s in the correct position and hasn’t sustained damage.
  • Test the wall switch that operates the opener. If nothing happens, it may be faulty and you’ll have to replace it.
  • If the door opens correctly but won’t close when operating the remote, it likely means that one or both of the photo-eye sensors (located at the bottom of the opening on each side) isn’t working. These devices trigger the auto-reverse mechanism, an important safety feature that prevents the door from falling on people or objects.

Remote Control Programming Steps

In some cases, reprogramming the remote control unit is all it takes to get your garage door working again. At Quality Door Company, we sell and service LiftMaster®openers that set the industry standard for quality, performance and reliability. 

Programming a standard LiftMaster remote model is a simple, straightforward process:

  1. Take the remote to the opener and locate the Learn button on the latter. You’ll likely find it on the same side as the antenna.
  2. Press and release the Learn button.
  3. Within 30 seconds of pressing the opener’s Learn button, push the button you are programming on the remote for three seconds and release it. A flashing LED light indicates that the remote is working properly.

Quality Door Can Fix Garage Door Opener Issues

If you live in Grand Haven, Benton Harbor or elsewhere in western Michigan, you can trust the experts at Quality Door to program your garage door or troubleshoot and repair the opener. Contact us to request service today!


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