How to Program a New Garage Door Opener

How to Program a New Garage Door Opener

Many people find they need to program the garage door opener on a HomeLink system that came with their car. Maybe you bought the car used and don’t have a manual, or you do have a manual but find it hard to follow. In either case, it really is not difficult to program the garage door opener. It should require no more than 5-10 minutes, as long as you follow each step carefully. Having a helper will make the process go even quicker.

If you are having trouble operating your garage door opener, read Troubleshooting the Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems for advice on diagnosing the problem. The receiver, handheld transmitter and in-car transmitter must all be in good operating condition to ensure success when you program the garage door opener.

The HomeLink system is available on a wide range of cars, and it can also be purchased as an aftermarket product. It is compatible with nearly all garage door opening systems, including Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Craftsman, Genie, Overhead Door, Allstar and Wayne Dalton. The primary requirement is that the garage door opener operates on a frequency of 288-433 MHz. You should be able to find the frequency of your unit on the back of the handheld transmitter.

To program the garage door opener, it will be necessary to raise and lower the door. So, to keep the process safe, make sure that children and pets stay away from the garage.

Once you are ready to begin, just follow these steps:

  • Always begin with a new battery in the handheld transmitter. If you’re not sure how old the battery is, go ahead and replace it.
  • Turn the key to the accessory (“ACC”) position before you begin programming the garage door opener.
  • For a first-time programming (or if you think the garage door opener has been previously programmed), press the two outer buttons on the transmitter for about 20 seconds, until the light starts flashing.On the transmitter, hold the button to be programmed down until it begins flashing slowly (20-30 seconds). Keep holding the button down for the next step.
  • Grab the handheld transmitter in your other hand and point it toward the flashing light from about 2 inches away. Press the operating button on the handheld unit. Once the light starts flashing faster, the frequency has been entered into the HomeLink transmitter. Release both buttons.
  • This step is easiest with a helper. You will need a ladder and, quite possibly, a flashlight. On the garage door opener receiver (i.e., the motor, located inside the garage), press the training button (also called a “smart” or “learn” button). The button may not be labeled, but it will have a small light next to it that flashes when the button is pressed. (Note, if the indicator light stays on continuously, the programming is complete and the garage door opener should function.)
  • If the indicator light flashes (or if it flashes briefly before becoming continuously lit), you have 30 seconds to perform the following step (which is why this goes quicker with a helper).
  • In the car, with the key still turned to ACC, press the button you programmed earlier on the in-car transmitter for three seconds. Remove your finger from the button, then press again for another three seconds. If the garage door hasn’t moved yet, press the button for another three seconds. Once the door moves, the garage door opener has been programmed.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist.  The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

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How to Properly Measure your Garage Door before Installing it

If you are replacing a garage door, in the process of building a brand new house or garage addition to your home, you will likely be required to know and have the measurements of your garage and garage door.  Garage door measurements can be a little bit tricky to procure, because a garage door is sort of a weird shape.  Garage doors move in a way that is unique to other home appliances or structural parts of your house.  This makes them more difficult to figure out measurements for, especially if the measurements you need are for a garage door that is not yet in place.

A few key areas of the garage are what you need to focus on preparing accurate measurements for, when you are replacing or installing a new garage door. Knowing what these areas are, and how to locate them, is very helpful in the process of new garage door installation.

Step 1:

Measure the distance between the farthest left side of the opening of the garage door, and the farthest to the right side of the opening.  You are looking for the widest area of the garage door, from side to side.  Garage doors are usually framed on the inside with 2” by 6” wood.  Pay attention to inconsistencies in the wood, or damaged areas of the framework.

Step 2:

From top to bottom, find the greatest height of the garage door opening.  The distance between the top of the door and the ground is what you need to figure out, for easy garage door installation.  Again, notice inconsistencies like an unleveled floor.

Step 3:

Find the width of the wall area on either side of the opening of the garage door.  Both the areas that border the opening of the door (left side of the wall, right side of the wall) need to be at least 3.75” wide.

Step 4:

Measure areas between the highest point of the opening of the garage door and the ceiling.  Headroom requirements may differ, depending on the type of garage door you are installing.  You will need to know the existing measurements before you select your new overhead door.

Step 5:

From the front of the garage to the back, measure the distance.  Backroom requirements for sectional doors are the door height plus 18”.  With electric opener installations, backroom requirements are the height of the door plus 4’2”.

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Other things to notice and plan for are the source of electricity for door openers-it is great to already be aware of where the nearest outlet is to your garage door.  Lights or stairwells or attic space that may be in existence prior to garage door installation will affect your specific requirements for type of door, measurement necessities, etc.  Make sure the floor is level, and take note of pipes or air ducts that could possibly obstruct a garage door ability to maneuver correctly.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist.  The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

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