This week at Pinnacle Garage Doors, we’re looking at how to reprogram replacement garage door remotes.

Modern garages afford the convenience of remote operation, meaning that you no longer have to get out of your car to open the door; however, if your remote is lost, broken or stolen, you may need to know how to reprogram replacement garage door remotes.

Garage remotes work by sending a coded signal via radio frequency to the garage door opener. If this code matches that of the opener, then the motor will operate and raise or lower the door. Older devices use a single coded switch, whereas newer systems utilise a rolling code that changes each time the remote is used, increasing the security of the door by offering billions of combinations.

NB: If your remote has stopped working or only works intermittently – check the battery.

A weakened battery may not have the power necessary to transmit the signal to the opener. If in doubt, try a spare opener, or replace the affected unit’s battery before purchasing a new unit.

When choosing a replacement remote, the simplest method is to purchase one that matches the model and manufacturer of the garage door opener. This should ensure that the radio frequency and code switch of the remote matches the requirements of the opener, as these are not standard across brands.

It may be possible to purchase a cheaper generic replacement that will work for a number of openers, such as a Boss/Guardian 2 button unit that operates Boss, Guardian, Modern, Steel Line and Centurion brand openers, but be aware that not all remotes are interchangeable even if the frequency is the same.

Universal remotes are also available, but check to make sure that your radio frequency is supported before you purchase the replacement – this can usually be found on your existing remote or garage door motor e.g. 433 MHz.

When selecting the replacement you will also need to ensure that it is suitable for single or rolling code openers. If in doubt what code system your garage opener uses, consult the operation manual.

How to Reprogram Replacement Garage Door Remotes

You’ll need:

  • Step ladder or stool
  • Screwdriver (dependent on remote type)
  • Paperclip (if motorised opener has recessed reset button)

Single Code Openersingle code

  1. Remove remote cover, using screwdriver if necessary, to expose manual switches inside
  2. Move manual switches inside the remote to change the code
  3. Using ladder, change manual switches on the door motor unit to match code within the remote
  4. Replace remote cover
  5. Your door remote is now reprogrammed – repeat process with any spare remotes
  6. Ensure door is free from obstruction before testing remote.

Multi Code Opener

  1. Position ladder under door opener motormulti
  2. Climb ladder to access control panel
  3. Press and hold ‘Learn’ or ‘Door Code’ button (depending on model – you may need to use a paperclip to press ‘reset’ button)
  4. Release button when light on motor flashes
  5. Press and hold desired transmitter button on remote until motor light flashes to indicate signal is being received
  6. Press and release ‘Learn’ or ‘Door Code’ button a final time to set code – light should blink to confirm code change – repeat steps 3-6 for additional remotes
  7. Ensure door is free from obstruction before testing remote.

These are general guidelines, and you may find that your opener has a slightly different system to reprogram replacement garage door remotes. If in doubt, consult your operational manual, or give our friendly, knowledgeable staff a call today.

At Pinnacle Garage Doors, we can give you advice on which replacement remotes are suitable for your garage door system, and can even deliver and reprogram replacement garage door remotes for you.