Almost every modern garage door opener has some form of limited internal memory which retains all the codes for mainly the keyless entry pad as well as the remote. At times you might need to erase the memory so that the codes are removed and the system is restored to its former default settings.
The majority of homeowners will want to clear the memory when moving into a new home, especially if they are renting it, and there was a previous tenant. Then there is also the fact that erasing the memory is helpful if you’re lost the remote or any other opening device and don’t want anyone to gain unauthorized access.
How to Reset / Clear Your Garage Door Opener Memory?
Now depending on the make and model of your garage door, the exact steps may differ. However, the steps we list here can be considered a general outline of how it will work. If you have access to your garage door’s user manual, the exact steps should be mentioned there too.
- Step no. 1: Start by setting up the ladder to access the garage door opener.
- Step no. 2: Look for the ‘Learn’ button on the backside of the garage door opener.
- Step no. 3: Hold the ‘Learn’ button for a few seconds (around 6 seconds).
- Step no. 4: Make sure that the ‘LED’ goes out when the button is pressed.
- Step no. 5: At this point, none of your previous remotes should work.
- Step no. 6: Start reprogramming your remote controls.
As you can see from the above steps resetting a garage door opener is quick and easy. It is also possible to disable the opener if you don’t want anyone to access the garage door with a remote. However, at this point, you’ll need to operate the garage door manually.
When To Call Professionals?
If you are unable to reset the memory or clear it or there is some other problem that’s preventing it from happening, then you will need to call a professional. A trained team of pros should be able to work out and fix what is wrong with the garage door. In the meantime, it would be a good idea to disconnect the opener from the garage door, especially if you are going away for a few hours. That way nobody will be able to gain access to your home via the garage.
What You Should Never Do?
You should never assume that you’re pressing the ‘Learn’ button because pressing any other button can be potentially dangerous. Also, if you don’t have the garage door’s user manual, then it best to get in touch with a professional. Many newer model garage door openers have WiFi built into them, so it may be possible to remotely reprogram the garage door, but here too it is important to be careful as if something goes wrong you might not be able to access the garage.