Automatic garage door openers have certainly advanced when it comes to technology. Openers used to be single devices that were mounted to the walls and included push buttons. These days, garage door openers usually have several advanced safety features like the ability to send notifications to your Smartphone when someone comes in and out of the garage. One of the most common safety features on current garage door openers is control panels that include a keypad where you enter a four-digit code to access the garage. This system is easy and secure and many homeowners prefer it when they have building or remodeling their garages.
If your garage door keypad isn’t working correctly, it’s important to remember that this device is battery-operated. In many cases, dead batteries are the most common reason for a malfunctioning keypad so be sure to check the batteries first. If you install new batteries and the keypad still isn’t working, faulty internal wiring may be the cause of the problem. If this is the case, you should call an expert to take a look at the keypad for you.
Keep in mind that you can change the code for your garage door opener if you forgot the code and can’t get the device to work. You can also switch the four-digit code for security reasons to ensure no unauthorized individuals can get in or out of your garage. It’s a good idea to change the code every few months for safety reasons, but if you forget the code, you won’t be able to get the garage to move up or down. Store the new code in a safe place where you’ll remember to access it, but don’t keep it in a place that is easy for others to access. If the garage isn’t working because you need to reset the code, you’ll likely need your door opener remote, along with a ladder and a family member or friend to help you. Place the ladder near the garage door opener motor and climb up. When you see the “learn” button (it’s usually on the side of the motor), hold the button until the light turns off; this indicates that the old code is no longer valid. Press the “learn” button one more time so the light will come back on.
Ask the person helping you to enter the new garage code on the keypad. Once the new code is entered, you’ll see the light on the motor blink; this means the new four-digit code is recorded in the system. Press the “learn” button a third time and press any button on your garage door remote. When you see the motor light blinking, the process is complete. Repeat the process with all the garage door opener remotes in your house so that all your family members can access the garage.
If these steps still don’t work, contact a professional garage technician in your area to look at your garage components and determine the best methods for repair.