How to Replace a Lost Wireless Garage Door Opener Remote Control

By | March 27, 2016

How to replace a lost wireless garage door opener remote control
Replacing a wireless garage door opener is a easy task, that much like replacing the remote on a TV must be compatible the system, and be programmed with the unit.

The first thing to do is to look at your garage door. On the side of the garage door unit there should be a manufacturer name and a model number.

This can be Googled to see if you can simply buy a replacement remote.

The second option is to buy a universal garage door opener that will then need to be programmed to work with your system.

Types Of Garage Door Remotes
Garage door remotes come in two programming styles.

The first type is where the garage door has a LEARN/Smart button that after pressing both the LEARN/Smart button on the unit and the remote control will sync together to work.

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The second type has a DIP switch package where certain dip switches are placed to the ON position to make it work with the garage door. This type is used with older garage doors.
Types of garage door remotes

The most common type is the LEARN/Smart button type where the LEARN/Smart button is pressed on the unit itself and than also on the remote which codes it to work.

Here is a universal garage door remote that has both the DIP switches and LEARN/SMART button. Since it has both it will work with most any type of garage door, we will use it as an example to walk step-by-step through a setup.
Clicker KLIK1U Universal 2-Button Garage Door Opener Remote


How To Program a Garage Door Remote
Others universal remotes will work similar.
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The remote has a cover that is taken off and a Smart/LEARN button is located inside.
How to replace a lost wireless garage door opener remote control

It also has a DIP switch package to work with older style garage door units. DIP switches are used on units prior to the early 1990s when the style changed.
How to replace a lost wireless garage door opener remote control dip switches

Using the Learn Button Method For Setup

1…
Find the name of the manufacture and model number on your garage door unit.
How to replace a lost wireless garage door opener remote control unit

2…
Remove the panel to the controls
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3…
Locate the LEARN button on the unit. Here it is the purple button.
How to replace a lost wireless garage door opener remote control Learn button

4…
Look at the instructions which will have color codes. This unit is a Chaberline as is indicated by the color purple.
How to replace a lost wireless garage door opener remote control smart lran button

5…
The remote control LEARN button is pressed until the LED light comes on.
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6…
Next press the Smart/LEARN button on the garage door unit until the LED light comes on.
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7…
On the remote select the button you want to program. For this unit (Chamberlain) as per the instructions the selected button is pressed three times.
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The last step is to press the program button on the remote again to assign that code to the remote. The light will go off after it is coded.
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9…
It should now open the garage door or possibly the light. If it does only turn on the light than program another button following the same steps for the door.
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9 thoughts on “How to Replace a Lost Wireless Garage Door Opener Remote Control

  1. Mike Troy

    Can’t find a garage door remote for model garage 139655400 sn E057373

    Reply
    1. Deb Bxter

      Sounds like it is very old like ours. Ours is 139655000 sn#E537999.

      If you should find something, please pass it along!

      Reply
  2. Dale Thompson

    I have a craftsman 1/2 HP doo opener part NO: 41A5021-3G / IC-2666A – 1O21499A

    Trying to find a remote

    Reply
    1. Abu Islam

      I have Lift Master garage door opener remote control 2 units. I have already setup with my two cars from my ‘Car Remote Buttons’. Now I have buy 3 lift master remote for another car. I have question?
      1. How could I setup 3 lift master remote direct and setup?
      2. If I have setup 3 one, setup remote from others two car remote will be disorder?

      Reply
  3. Paul

    just added a third remote (Chamberlain universal to a Craftsman opener) which went well, until I tried to use the other (legacy) two remotes. They are both now inoperable. Do I need to re-program them all at the same time, all together?

    Reply
  4. Toni

    What if i just want to add another remote? Do i have to reset or reprogram all the remotes?

    Reply
  5. sam

    It appears that the remote garage door opener that I am replacing was stolen. Will replacing it with a new remote make the stolen remote nonfunctioning?

    Reply
    1. Yay

      @sam, I just had the same situation happen. Follow the instructions on the garage door unit to reset all controllers from operating. Then you’ll have to re-program the remotes you want to work with it (hence the stolen one won’t work anymore).

      Reply

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