How to Repair a Garage Door Opener Keypad

Many homeowners have a garage door opener keypad to help them with the opening and closing of their garage door. The keypad is used for locking the garage door to keep their car, and other items, secure. As wonderful as the garage door opener keypad is, there are times when it is a great hindrance. If you have you car locked in the garage and the keypad is not working, you will have a hard time getting to work that day. Repairing a garage door opener keypad is something that can be done easily by a do-it-yourselfer.

Read Manual for Troubleshooting

Read The Manual

Read The Manual

One of the best ways to determine what is wrong with the garage door opener keypad is to read the operator’s manual. This manual will have listed some of the more common problems with the keypad like no power, not reading your personal code, and having to reset the code after each use. Becoming well acquainted with the manual will help you with many of the problems that can occur.

Check for Wiring Connection

The keypad operates through either being wired directly into the electrical system of the garage or through batteries. While the batteries have quite a long life, they will eventually run out of juice. Check the power of the keypad for a continuous current. If the batteries are dead, replace them. If the wiring of the keypad does not have any current running through it, you will need to check the breaker, the junction box, or the wire terminals.

Connect Wires

Connect Wires

Connect Wires

In the event that the keypad has loose wires, then tighten them up with a screwdriver. If you notice that there is a problem in the junction box, you will need to shut the circuit off to make more solid connections with wire nuts.

Reset Keypad

In the event of a prolonged power outage, the garage door opener keypad may lose your personal code. If this happens you will need to reset it. This is done by pressing the “Learn” button or whatever your manufacturer labeled the entry button. Hold it until the LED light blinks and key in your six digits. Once the digits have been pressed, the LED will stop flashing and it is set.

Replace Keypad

There are times when the garage door opener keypad does not hold your personal code. This is most likely a result of the “brain” of the keypad being faulty. You can send the unit away to be fixed, but it is less expensive to just purchase a universal garage door opener keypad instead. Replace the keypad and enter your code for the unit to work.

Replace Corroded Terminals

If the garage door opener keypad is installed on the outside of the door it will start to corrode on the inside. Remove the cover of the keypad and check out the terminals. If they are corroded you can try to sand them down to bare metal. However, if they break, you can replace them with new terminals. Solder them onto their attaching points and connect the wiring to them.


Add a Garage Door Remote to a Garage Door Opener

It is easy to add a garage door remote to the garage door opener kit you already have. The garage door will work miracles once installed, but you can’t forget its remote control. Follow the simple steps below to tackle this project.

Check Your Garage Door Kit

Make sure that your garage door kit includes all the right pieces, especially if this is your first time purchasing one. Call the store immediately if you are missing a part. The remote control can be found in a bag apart from the installation materials-it is a small device and easy to spot. Also make sure that you have the receiver.

Install The Door Remote

This step entails setting up the receiver so that it can communicate with the garage door opener. Make a hole in the wall and attach the receiver with a wall anchor five feet above the floor for security purposes and child safety. Now, connect one end of the wires to the receiver terminal and the other end to the motor for the opener. Check your manual to find the right terminal as each model has its own set-up. Don’t forget to use wire strippers to secure the wires in the wall and the ceiling.

The remote control should now work fine. To avoid this entire step, you could purchase a wireless device, although it would be more costly.

Troubleshoot Communication Issues

If everything is installed properly but your remote is not communicating with the garage door opener, check if it needs a battery replacement. Do not leave unused batteries in the control for an extended period of time as they will rust. You can also try taking off the screws, opening it and cleaning it with tissue to remove dust, which can sometimes obstruct the button movement.

If none of these strategies work, request a replacement remote from the manufacturer; it’s also OK to purchase a remote elsewhere, but make sure it’s compatible with the model of your garage door opener. Don’t worry as there will always be replacements available.

Set Security Measures

You’ve installed a garage door remote for a garage door opener, but what happens if you lose the remote or need time to replace it? It’s worthwhile to have a backup security method. If your garage door opener comes with an outdoor keypad, set a security code by following the instructions in your manual. This way, you’ll never have to worry about dangerous intruders.

15 Things Needed in Every Garage

A dry-erase board in the garage will come in handy because it will help you remember things that are specifically related to that area of your house. Good things to write down include garage opener maintenance steps, shopping lists for the hardware store, and evacuation plans.

Fire Extinguisher - Handy Mans Friend

Fire Extinguisher – Handy Mans Friend

The fire extinguisher is probably one of the most important things you can have. Most garages are framed out by cinder blocks on 3 sides…the 4th side is usually connected to your house. Not a good place for a fire.

Keeping a spare remote inside certainly isn’t a necessity. It will, however, spare you the annoyance of troubleshooting problems at an inconvenient time. Stow replacements with similar items that only need replacing a few times a year.

Most air handlers are located inside the garage. It makes sense then, that you’d store the filters in here. A good idea is to write yourself a note on the dry-erase board so you can easily see when you last changed it.

Bottled water is a life saver. Keep some in the garage in case the car overheats, for spills, in case you get super thirsty, or whatever.

You never know when you’ll need a first-aid kit. Why bother running all the way through the house when you could keep a travel kit in the garage?

Storage bins are, well, great for storing stuff. Most are stackable, so unused pieces won’t take up much space. Keeping several on hand will help keep you from accumulating needlessly unorganized piles of stuff.

Need a Bat?

Need a Bat?

Keep a baseball bat on hand for self-defense. Even if you have no intention of using it, it will make you feel better. Just trust me on this one.

Nearly every mechanic keeps bags of kitty litter on hand for greasy spills. It’s super absorbant, cheap, and will save on clean-up efforts.

With the growing popularity of energy-efficient bulbs, replacing light bulbs isn’t something you do very often. Try storing several different wattages (wrapped in muslin or sandwich bags) in one of your storage bins for safe keeping.

In either 9 or 12 volts, a battery charger is definitely something you want to keep in the garage. You’ll never need to ask for jumper cables again. Plus, as a bonus, many models also come equipped with emergency radio features and even air compressors. Talk about a multi-tool!

You’ll want to be extra cautious when storing spare home keys, but it’s one of those precautions worth taking. Think long and hard about a safe hiding spot. You might want to add an encrypted note for yourself on the dry-erase board with a hint that only you’d be able to figure out.

A broom is essential if you’d like to prevent tracking mud, dirt, and other grime into your home. Consider hanging one on either side of the door to keep this pesky foot traffic residue to a minimum.

Emergency contact numbers (think: doctor, mechanic, child’s pediatrician, poison/animal control) are ideal bits of information to store on the dry-erase board. These are the kind of numbers you’ll want close by if the need arises.

Silica beads (the micro-beads you find tucked into shoe packages and inside coat pockets) are perfect to keep moisture away from items that shouldn’t get wet. You can buy them in bulk from a home improvement store, or simply place them in a sandwich bag as you find them. Just make sure they’re kept in a safe location; away from the reach of pets and small children.

Troubleshooting a Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

Chain Drive

Chain Drive

Your chain drive garage door opener is tasked with operating the largest moving part in your entire home. With this type of responsibility you want to make sure that the opener will work consistently without any problems. When problems do occur you should know how to fix them easily and quickly. In all garage door openers, there are two areas where problems can occur. They are located in the motor unit and the lifting mechanism itself. Troubleshooting your chain drive garage door opener is easily done by following a few steps.

Always Look for Loose Hardware

Before you start checking out any other problems that might be associated with your chain drive garage door opener, begin looking at the various nuts and bolts on the unit. These can be in the rail system, the mounting brackets, and lifting mechanism. When these work their way loose, and they sometimes do, it can cause your opener to do some crazy things. Binding, moving, raising intermittently, bouncing, and hitting the floor hard are all problems associated with loose hardware. Take some time to tighten these up to ensure that things are working smoothly.

Uneven Rails and Tracks

Some problems are associated with the actual installation of the garage door opener. If the rail system is not perfectly level, the chain can eventually bind up in the process of working the door. Also, the garage door slides along two door rails on either side of the garage. Place a level on these and the rail to check to see if they are level. If they are not, adjust the height to the point where they will work without any problems.

Unclean Chain

If the chain of the chain drive system is not cleaned on a regular schedule you will find that it will not work as smoothly as it should. While there is a certain level of bouncing involved with a chain drive opener, it should not be overly bouncy and cause the chain to slip. Look at the chain and clean any type of gunk, grime, and dirt that will accumulate there.



Door Reverses on Contact

There are times when the door will reverse its direction as it makes contact with the garage floor. This can be caused by two different things. One of the problems can be with the travel length of the garage door opener itself. Adjust the amount of travel in the system to keep the door to a specific stopping point. Another problem that might cause this is a malfunction of the electronic eye. If there is any type of obstruction that is getting in the way as the door closes, it will immediately reverse its direction. Clean the lenses and make sure there is nothing interfering this the eye. Even a shadow that is made by closing it will cause this to happen.

Door Does Not Raise

Sometimes the manual release for the door is pulled, causing the opener to disengage from the lifting mechanism. The garage door will operate, but the door is not going to raise or lower. Check to see if this has happened and set it back into position.