A keypad is a secure, easy alternative to access your garage and home without having to use a remote. You can let guests in or open your garage door when you’ve lost your remote. If you’re wanting to have one installed, you might be wondering if garage door keypads are universal. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has put together some information to help you out in your search for a garage door keypad.
How Do Garage Door Keypads Work?
Keypads work just like your garage door opener remote. The opener has a receiver similar to a radio. When it receives the signal from the remote (transmitter) it activates the motor to operate your garage door.
Most openers operate with a rolling code which means the code changes after each use. This prevents people from being able to hack your garage door system. The keypad acts as the transmitter and is programmed to send signals directly to your opener.
Which Ones Are Universal?
When you’re shopping for a keypad, you’ll want to get one that is designed specifically for use with your opener brand. Recently, a few brands have released universal keypads. This means you can use them with about 90% of openers and all major brands.
These keypads will work with openers manufactured after 1993. This is the year that openers were required to start using photoelectric sensors. If you have a pre-1993 opener then contact us to see which one will work for your opener. You could also consider upgrading your opener to a safer, more efficient model.
How to Program It with Your Current Opener
If you’ve recently purchased a universal keypad from Chamberlain, then follow these basic steps to program it:
- Make sure your garage door is closed
- Locate the ID# for your garage door opener using the included chart and write it down
- Press and hold the star and pound buttons on keypad until it begins to flash
- When it stops flashing, enter the 4-digit PIN of your choice (make sure you write this down somewhere) and then press #
- Enter the opener ID number that you wrote down earlier and then press #
- Press and release the learn button on your garage door opener
- Enter your PIN again on your keypad and then press 0 (note: Genie brand garage door openers require you to press 0 two times)
- You’re done! Go ahead and test it out to make sure it works
If you forget these steps then it’s not a problem because they’re also located inside the keypad cover.
We Can Install A Garage Door Keypad
If you’re having trouble finding the right garage door keypad for your opener then let us help you out. Our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair would be happy to install one for you. Just give us a call today!