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How to Program Garage Door – Opener and Remote

Having problems with your garage door, but don’t know how to program garage door? Although garage door technology can certainly be a head scratcher, it’s not so difficult once you know how to program a garage door remote clicker, and how to program a garage door keypad. You don’t need an expert technician to fix this issue: you just need to know the brand of your door, and this article will explain to you why.


How to Program Garage Door

Just below, you’ll find a list of the major garage door brands and the step-by-step guides to program yours. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the brands out there, but many of them are related to each other and tend to work the same, If you don’t know how to program garage doors, just browse for the description that best fits yours and check the steps you must follow.


Chamberlain Liftmaster Garage Door Openers


  1. Press and release the “smart” button on garage door opener motor unit. You’ll notice the indicator light glow steadily for 30 seconds. If your model doesn’t have the lights, then enter a 4-digit PIN instead on the keypad, and then press and hold the ENTER button.
  2. After 30 seconds, press and hold the button on the hand-held remote.
  3. Release the button when the motor unit light blinks, meaning that is has learned the code. If there are no light bulbs, you’ll hear two clicks instead.


Remote Transmitters

  • Press the Receiver Learn Code button on the power head receiver of your door operator until a radio signal indicator light starts blinking red for 30 seconds.
  • After this, press your transmitter button three times for your system to code the frequency.
  • Press the transmitter button one last time to check if the system is working.


Remote Transmitters with Internal Set Switches

These ones work by matching the settings on the internal code setting switches with the same ones in the receiver on the garage ceiling. You can find the receiver either behind the light lens of the garage door opener motor head, or inside an external small rectangular box on the ceiling.


Universal Home Remote (Uhr)

If your remote has 3 LED lights, one above each button, do the following:

  1. Press the outer two (UHR) buttons simultaneously and release.
  2. Place the garage door opener into “learn” mode by pressing the small square button (or small round black button) behind the light bulb globe. The LED on the garage door opener will turn on/blink right away.
  3. Press and hold the button on the remote that you want to use to activate the garage door. The garage door should respond.
  4. When the garage door activates, release the button and depress it again to lock in the program. Afterwards, you’re done.


Last Considerations


Can You Reprogram a Garage Door Remote?

You can reprogram a remote, but it depends on the brand. Although we just described the major and most common brands, it’s better that you visit the manufacturer’s website to find instructions for your remote.


How do I Program my Overhead Garage Door Remote?

Most remotes have a LEARN button, not always going by that name, though. Press and release it until its light glows steadily for 30 seconds. After this period, press and hold the button on the remote and release it when the overhead opener unit’s lights blink.


In Conclusion

In order to fully understand how to program garage doors, you need to know your door’s brand first. As we said, this list is by no means an extensive catalog of all garage doors available out there. If you need help programming your garage door opener, or simply in need of some garage door repairs, our team here at Metro Garage Door are ready to help answer any questions you may have.

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Very happy experiences with Metro Door. We've used them before, to install a new opener and for repairs from backing into the door. Always prompt, professional, friendly, and reasonably priced. This time, we needed to replace a 30-year-old opener on our seldom-used small door. After analyzing our situation, the technician, Randy, provided a much better strategy -- moving the 5-year-old opener to the small door and installing the new opener on the big door (the one we use all the time). This also allowed us to install a really quiet belt-driven opener on the big door. Thanks Randy! Great experience all around.
Kathy Johnson

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I had a new garage door installed. My initial garage door had a weird problem -- it opened by itself! Our technician came out and was just fantastic. He replaced the opener (the maker of the opener, for instance, tried to send me a part that I could replace on a week-old opener). They fully replaced the opener and the wire and it works great. And Randy was exceedingly professional and helped me understand everything. Great service.

Jonathan Maze

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Outstanding service and great pricing! My garage door flipped out and luckily someone referred me to this firm. From the minute they answered my call until the door was fixed, they were simply great. Very prompt, courteous and very trustworthy. The tech was Dana and he was just wonderful answering all my questions and making excellent suggestions. The door has never operated so well and so quiet!. Thanks again for a great job.
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