How To Change Batteries And Reprogram Your Garage Door Opener Remote

by Jenny Banks

When your garage door opener no longer responds to your remote, there's a good chance that the problem is as simple as dead batteries. However, when it comes time to change garage door remote batteries, many homeowners are surprised at just how complicated the task can be. Unfortunately, it's not quite as simple as changing the batteries in your TV remote:

Choosing the Right Batteries

Most garage door remotes take those small, flat, round batteries--also known by their technical name of coin cell batteries. The tricky thing about these batteries is that they pretty much all look the same, varying only slightly in size. However, you'll need to make sure that you purchase the right replacement coin cells for your garage door opener.

Many garage door remotes take a three-volt coin cell battery, but the best way to be sure is to check your existing battery or refer to the manual that came with your garage door (if you've still got it lying around).

Re-Programming the Remote

Unfortunately, even once you've found the right battery replacement and put the new batteries in your remote, your work probably isn't done. If your garage door opener is like most, it needs to be manually re-programmed to work with your remote when the batteries are changed. Fortunately, this should only take a few moments of your time.

Specific reprogramming options can vary based on your make and model of garage door opener, but the basics are generally consistent. Start by using a step ladder to access the box around your garage door motor. Then, work on locating a small green or red button on the garage door opener motor itself (you may need to lift a panel door to expose the button). Once you press the button, it will either begin blinking or stay a solid color. This means the opener is ready to be programmed.

To program it to your remote, take your garage door remote and press down on the button you'd like to open the door (some remotes have multiple buttons for multiple-car garages). Your garage door opener should now be programmed. Once you've climbed down from the ladder, you can test it out to be sure.

As you can see, there's more to changing the batteries in your garage door opener remote than meets the eye. By following these instructions, however, you'll have it working again in no time. To learn more, contact a company like Overhead Door Co. of Everett Inc. with your questions and concerns.