How to Replace Garage Door Opener Remote

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 If you’ve lost or broken one of your garage door openers, you’ll want to replace it as soon as possible. Replacing the remote is a simple process that will allow you to enjoy the safety and convenience of your opener in no time. Here are a few tips on how to replace garage door opener remote.

How to Replace Garage Door Opener Remote - Step-by-Step Guide


You want to start the process by looking at the side of the garage door unit and look out for the manufacturer and model number. You can google the make and model number to see if you can simply buy a replacement remote. Alternatively, you can buy a universal garage door opener, but you will have to program it to work with your opener.

Types of Garage Door Remotes
Garage door remotes come in two main programming types.

The first type is where the garage door has a smart/learn button. After pressing the learn/smart buttons on both the door and the remote control, they sync together to work. Both units will usually have an LED light, so you’re required to press the button until the LED lights come on.

The second type is typically found on older garage doors. The remote has a DIP switch where certain switches are placed to the ON position to make it work with the garage door.

Just to be on the safe side, look for a universal remote with both the learn/smart button and the DIP switches. Since it has both options, this remote will work with most types of garage doors.

Step 1
Start by following the instructions in your owner’s manual for how to erase the memory of your garage door opener. This helps to ensure no one has unauthorized access to your garage, especially if you’re remote has been lost or stolen. It's also advisable to perform this step if you’ve just recently moved to a new home.

Step 2
It’s easy to erase the memory of most garage door openers by holding the LEARN button on your wall control or opener. Doing so will remove any information that’s been stored in the control unit and render your remote controls inoperable.

Step 3
Depending on the make and model of your garage door opener, the reprogramming process may vary. Most openers require that you press the learn button on your control panel or opener followed by the button on your remote control. If you have a look at the instructions, they’ll typically have color codes that you can use when programming the remote. Some remote controls may be used to control two or more different gates or doors, so you may need to perform a second learn function to program the second button.

That’s how to replace garage door opener remote. The steps mentioned will work for most remotes, but since garage doors vary by make and model, the programming steps can vary slightly. Always try to find a manual or contact the manufacturer if you’re unable to get a new remote to work on your garage door.


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Bruce Hicks
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Yep, Chrissy Boltan thanks for reminding me.  I have a vacant listing where I have to get the remote working, maybe replace a battery and then re-code it.  Hopefully the online manual I downloaded, works?!

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