Most, if not all, of the homes today are equipped with garage door openers. These are nifty gadgets that allow you to automatically open your garage door by pressing a button.
Gone are the days when you need to leave your car in the pouring rain just to lift up your garage door. Life is more convenient with a garage door opener installed in your home. You can quickly drive out of the house when you’re running late for work and just directly drive up the garage when you arrive home. Some garage door openers are also equipped with safety and security features that add value to your home.
Since garage door openers are already necessary for most modern homes, there are already a number of different manufacturers that offer these products in the market. Among the top manufacturers in the US are LiftMaster and Chamberlain.
How to Program the Remote
Programming the remote is your next step after successfully installing your garage door opener. Once you have programmed your remote, you can already use your garage door opener without a hitch. You can now drive out your house by simply pressing a button.
In addition to controlling the garage door opener, the remote can also control other home devices such as gate operators, external wired-in receivers, and commercial door openers.
LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Remote
To program your LiftMaster remote, find the learn button in your garage door opener. For some receiver models, you might need to remove the cover by hand or through a flat head screw driver. This is usually located near the antenna and may come in various colors, such as green, purple, orange or red. It also has an LED light next to it. Once you’ve located the learn button, press and release it. Within 30 seconds, press your preferred button that you want to program on your remote control for three seconds. This should be a button that you haven’t programmed with a separate garage door opener or gate operator.
If your programming has been successful, the LED light near the learn button will turn off or the operator lights will blink. This signals that the programming was completed.
After this, you can already test out the remote by pressing the programmed button. If the opener does not activate, repeat previous steps.
Chamberlain Garage Door Opener Remote
Programming a Chamberlain opener remote also works the same way as the LiftMaster. First, you need to locate the Learn button on your garage door opener and press it. Within 30 seconds, you also need to press your preferred remote button that you want to program. When you hear two clicks or see the garage door opener lights flash, this means that your programming is successful.
Changing Batteries on Your Garage Door Opener Remote
Once you’ve started using your garage door opener remote, you might find that it’s no longer responding no matter how many times you press it. If the LED on your remote stops flashing, this could also indicate that the battery is low. Oftentimes, the solution to this problem is just as simple as replacing your remote’s batteries.
To change the batteries on your remote, prop open the remote by pushing a flathead screwdriver or a visor clip into a small notch found on the short side of the remote. Use your hand to completely open the remote case.
Then, remove the old batteries and replace it with fresh ones. Standard mini remotes use 3V2032 coin batteries. Ensure that you properly insert these batteries with the positive side up. Replace the cover and test out your remote. This is a common process in changing the batteries for most of the universal and standard garage door opener remote. This works for both LiftMaster and Chamberlain mini remote controls.
If you have a premium remote from LiftMaster, the procedure in opening the remote might be slightly different. It also uses the 3V2016 lithium batteries, instead. To open your premium remote control, you must remove the two screws and open the remote housing. Slide out the old batteries and replace it with fresh ones. Remember to replace the screws after.