How to Change the Frequency for a Garage Door Opener

The automobile garage has existed almost as long as the automobile. The first garages were horse barns with big heavy doors. As the automobile became more popular, the garage became a building of its own. C.G. Johnson, founder of Overhead Doors, invented the automatic electric garage door in 1926. The garage door opener remote, which uses a radio frequency signal to open and close the automatic door, brought even more convenience to the automobile owner. The frequency may need to be changed for various environmental reasons, such as radio interference or a neighbor with the same garage remote frequency.

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Change the frequency of your garage door remote.

Genie Openers

Step 1

Look for a small black button behind the lens light of the head receiver on the door opener, near the antenna. Press and hold this button until the light stops blinking.

Step 2

Point your door opener remote toward the head receiver (two feet or closer), and press the "Learn Code" button three times. Pause.

Step 3

Press the remote button once to test the new code.

Chamberlain, Sears or LifeMaster Openers

Step 1

Find a button labeled "Smart" or "Learn" on the motor unit of the door opener. Press it and then release it.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Learn" button on the door opener remote within 30 seconds.

Step 3

Release the "Learn" button when the motor unit light blinks or clicks twice. Pause.

Step 4

Press the remote button once to test the new code.


Rebecca Mecomber

Rebecca Mecomber, a former radio broadcaster, has been a professional blogger and writer since 2006. Her articles and interviews have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal," Salon.com and several other publications, covering topics such as Federal Trade Commission policy and media regulations, blogging, home improvement and New York travel.