Just like any other technology, a garage door can be a hassle. Sometimes garage doors work like a charm, while other times they give out and won’t work anymore. When your garage door gives out and won’t budge, you need to know how to get in fast. You might need to access your car, tools, and other necessary items locked inside. So, instead of getting in a bind, learn simple ways to reset your garage door opener.
First, we’ll look at how a garage door works, followed by a few key differences between old and new openers. Then, we’ll walk you through the steps of getting your garage door open again and resetting your garage door opener. Technology for your home doesn’t have to be a hassle and, after reading this, you’ll know all you need to get your garage door back up and running so you can get back to living.
How Does A Garage Door Opener Work Anyway?
Garage door openers are not the same. Over the years, the technology and techniques used have advanced. So, if you have an older model, you’re going to want to do some digging for information on DIP switches and radiofrequency. Most models that have a few years on them rely on these technologies. New models, however, rely on wireless technologies and can be tedious to repair. No matter what model, there is usually a way to reset them, give them a boost, or switch to manual opening. If you lost or misplaced your user’s manual and need some quick tips, follow along below.
New Openers Vs. Old Openers
Older garage doors work thanks to a set of DIP switches. These switches lie on both the garage door and the remote. If they are not lined up and synced perfectly, the garage door will not open, causing a bit of a hassle. Fixing the problem takes accessing the switches. These switches help to reset the control panel found inside the garage door. It’s not as difficult as it sounds and is much more of a hassle than it should be.
New garage door openers don’t take any tools but, you’ll have to be patient and press the right buttons. On the motor, there should be a “reset” or “home” button that, when held down, will restart the system. When you reset the garage motor, you can reprogram the garage door opener, causing the devices to link up. As you might imagine, if this doesn’t work for your garage door, you may need to get in touch with technicians as there may be a technical problem.
Steps to Resetting your Garage Door
When your garage door is acting up and not functioning, your best bet is to reset it. To do that, follow the five simple steps below.
1. Check the Door Position First
Before you do anything with your opener or garage door, make sure that the garage door is fully closed. Leaving it open when restarting is dangerous and can drop unexpectedly. Garage doors open and close with help from a spring that, if broken, could cause the garage door to come racing down, possibly injuring you or someone in your family. If you have a case where your garage is stuck open, then, instead of trying anything by yourself, give the manufacturers a call and have them send someone out to help.
2. Pull the Emergency Release
The emergency release of a garage door is usually a red cord that dangles down, attached to the motor. The little metal piece that moved along with the garage door as it opened is likely where you’ll find it. It works as an automated option to help move your garage door open and closed. To use the cord for opening your garage door, all you’ll have to do is tug it and raise it into its most upward position. Try to avoid any potential strain on your back and get some help if the garage door is too heavy.
3. Manually Move Door Down
If you’ve gotten your garage door open and taken the items you needed out, you need to close it manually. A closed position is required before you resent your remote. Like in the step mentioned above, you can do this by tugging on the emergency cord and moving it down. Be sure to do so gently to avoid sending the entire front piece crashing down in a hurry. Once you have the garage door in place in the correct position, you can start the process of resetting your garage door alarm.
4. Pull Release Cord to Connect the Spring
Pulling on the emergency release cord helps activate the spring lever located on the garage door’s trolley. To inactivate the spring cord so that you can reset your garage door opener, you need to know how to pull it. First, you’ll need to pull down and then away about the motor. The distance will decompress the spring and release the door so that you’re ready to do some reconnecting.
5. Reconnect the Trolley
Now that you’ve successfully opened, closed, and disconnected the spring lever, all you’ll have left to do is reconnect the trolley to the opener. There are two ways that you can do this, one manual and the other not. To reconnect the trolley manually, put the spring in its connected position and sliding the door along the track. To use your remote, where the trolley will connect with its correct attachment point automatically. No matter which way you chose, both will create loud clicking sounds as the garage aligns correctly and snaps back into place. Now, everything is ready and, your garage door should work with the remote opener like a charm.
Reprogramming your Garage Door Remote
Now that you have everything reset, you’ll likely need to reset your remote. Before starting, you’ll need access to your remote and the motor, usually found on the ceiling. You will need a ladder to find a level position with the system for proper programming. After you’ve got yourself settled and in the perfect spot, you’re ready to begin.
- Start by checking you have the proper remote that goes with your garage door. More than likely, you don’t want to venture off and purchase another brand, as it might not be compatible. Different brands of garage doors program their frequencies and are not compatible with others. Also, check that it has batteries (if applicable) to avoid any silly mistakes.
- Once up on the ladder and in position, you’ll need to detach the lid where you have a clear view of the lever and motor. It may help to undo the casing first, climb done and leave it below, and then climb back up to keep the covering doesn’t get in the way.
- With access to the inner parts of the garage door opener, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for the “learn” button. Modern garage doors have either a “learn” or “reset” button, while older ones do not. If you don’t see it you may need to access the users’ manual. Some reset buttons are under a light casing that is hard to get access to so, do some research first.
- With the button found it’s time to do some pressing. You’ll need to hold down the button until it starts to blink (usually 5 to 15 seconds). With the light flashing, take the remote and press the “open” button.
- To test for your success in resetting your garage door opener, you can wait a few seconds and press it open again. If your garage door slowly starts to rise, voila! If not, you may want to repeat the steps one more time. If the third time is not the charm, then it’s time to call a technician. Try and stick with those specific to the brand of your garage door. Try and avoid hiring a third party, especially if you have a warranty.
Don’t Let your Garage Door Get You Down!
When garage doors start to act up, you might get stumped. Just like any other technology, it can be confusing and a bit terrifying. But garage doors are not all that bad! With just a bit of understanding of the inner workings, you can reset, program, and clear out your garage door’s programming and synced remote controls. Instead of picking up the phone and calling a tech straight away, try out our methods and see if they work for you. You can’t always fix everything yourself but, in this case, you just about can!
When you’re in a bind because your garage door is acting up, reset your remote, and relax. We are too busy to be held up by garage doors that don’t work. Now, instead of worrying, you can get it back to living in no time.
What to do when garage door opener doesn’t work?
First thing, you don’t want to panic. Getting to the bottom of the issue takes a bit of trial and error so, bear with us. To find the problem, you need to check different devices. The important thing here is to understand that you need to find out whether it’s the remote or the wall opener that is not working. So, first, try out your wall switch and see. If it’s successful then, the control is the culprit. On the other hand, if your remote works, something might be wrong with your wall switch. Play around with both and see what you can uncover.
Now that you’ve got that part figured out, the next step is how to fix it. You may need to change batteries in the remote. If that fails, then your garage door needs to be reset. For step-by-step instructions on how to do that, you can search above.
Garage door opener opens but won’t close?
A wide-open garage door is a pesky problem that seems to happen at the worst possible time. It’s not an issue with your system, as the door is still opening. Likely it is due to one of two things. First of all, it could be an issue with the closing force. Every garage door has an adjustable screw that allows owners to adjust the “closing force.” If it’s too loose or too tight, it could cause the garage door to open but not shut.
Secondly, the cause could be due to faulty rollers. These rollers support the garage and the wheel as it picks up and goes down. If these rollers are rusty or unlubricated, then they could give out and stop working. To check this out, look at your rollers and make sure they line up as the garage door moves, and add some lubrication to make sure they run smooth.
How to change the code on your garage door?
The steps when changing the code on your garage door differ depending on whether there is a keypad. In both cases, you’ll need access to the motor (found under the opener casing). If you’ve got a garage door with a keypad, push the “learn” button near the engine and hold it down. Once blinking, enter the keycode you wish to change. The unit will flash again, allowing you to test it out.
In the case that you don’t have a keypad, you’ll need the remote. With the remote, take off the cover and look for the switches. You’ll need to make sure that the door switches align in both the control and the motor, and then there will be a new code for all units.
Can I clear the memory on my garage door?
Yes, you can, and it’s quite simple. You’ll only need to access the “learn” button found under the motor covering. Using a ladder, climb up, take off the casing, and hold the “learn” button. Once it turns off, all devices once programmed to the garage door clear. Afterward, new remotes, or codes, can be reprogrammed.