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When to Buy a New Garage Door Remote Opener

Posted by Emmanuel Adelodun on

When your garage door suddenly acts up and you know you need a new remote opener to use, but you don’t know which kind to buy? Or maybe you don’t have an existing remote opener as reference to start with. Read over for some tips fit for any situation you may be in.

Do you have an existing remote (broken or not), or a keypad outside?

If you do, look for the brand name written on the front or back first. There’s always a brand name on any remote. Next, look for the model number, not the FCC ID of your remote located on the back of the remote control. Usually, model numbers appear alongside letters; for example, ADX9931. Sometimes, there are numbers or letters only like 971, or DTD, respectively. If you couldn’t find the model number, it might have been worn off already, if so, go to plan B.

Before resorting to plan B, you can start looking for or searching the brand name of the remote you currently have exclusively to find the model number. Select the brand name of the remote NOT the brand name of the opener unless you have the same brand for the two devices. That is because despite you using an all-star garage door opener, you may be using a Multicode remote control which is different. If the garage door remote opener says any brand such as Multicode, Liftmaster, or Genie, finding the model number will be a piece of cake.

Now, if you still couldn’t find the model number even after doing what was suggested above, you can resort to plan B which is to open the battery compartment of the remote. After you opened it, you can see if it has a set of toggle or dip switches 8, 9, 10, or 12 that go either up or down. If there aren’t deep switches written, the remote must be an intellicode or rolling code type. In this case, you go to the remote brand’s website, click on the garage door opener remotes section and you will be able to identify the remote through images immediately. Now, if you remote has the old-style dip switches and it isn’t listed in the remote section of the brand’s site, give us a call and we will be the one to find a solution for your convenience.

What if I don’t have a remote nor a keypad at all?

If you don’t have a remote or a keypad for your reference, there are three very quick questions that will serve as your guide to help you get a direct answer and solve your particular garage door opener needs.

1) Does your garage door motor overhead have a learn button or dip switches you can immediately see without taking the whole thing apart?

A learn button is a small square or circular button behind a light cover. If you can find either the learn button or the dip switches, then the remote you need is based on the brand name of the motor, or the receiver box you found the dip switches in. You can refer to the attached images below.

2) Is there a rectangular box attached to motor?

This rectangular box refers to a secondary receiver and will be used to program your garage door remote openers. If the dip switches or learn button is inside it, the remote is going to be based on that brand name alone and will have nothing to do with the overhead motor brand name. The secondary receiver box is the input source for your remote hence whatever motor you have is already irrelevant. Refer to the image below.

For example, you have a Stanley garage door opener motor. But that is a Multi-code receiver attached to the back, hence what you need is a multi-code remote for your garage door opener.

3) You couldn’t find any learn button or dip switches, and there’s no receiver box?

If there is no visible learn button or dip switches, and you couldn’t find any receiver box, then the last resort you can go to is purchasing a “universal conversion kit” because if you cannot find the source, and presuming we can’t either, spending $40.00 or $50.00 to fix your problem completely is way cheaper than calling for a garage door installer to fix it and charge you $100.00 or more and then upsell you the SAME THING.

Conversion kits can open and close any type of garage door opener. You can read more of these kits for you to weigh all options and make decision worthy of your purchase. Or you can call us if you have inquiries and we’ll help you throughout.

Below are images of conversion kits for your reference.

This conversion kit is the Skylink 318TR or Skylink 318KR that uses a wireless keypad and remote control to open and close your garage door. It is directly installed to the existing push button on the wall, and not to the overhead motor.

This is the Genie GIRUD-1T Universal Conversion Kit. It works on any garage door opener, however, it is directly installed to the overhead motor only.

Lastly, this is the Liftmaster 365LM conversion kit receiver box only. It can be installed in two ways; one, directly to the overhead motor, and two, as a push button on the wall and utilize the existing wires in place. This is our most commonly sold unit as it truly offers the garage door opener two solutions to fit just about anyone’s needs.

Choosing a new garage door remote opener takes quite some time especially if you aren’t familiar with it. However, using these pieces of information we have given and explained to you, you now have the knowledge on when and how you can purchase a new remote opener!