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Are Garage Door Keypads Universal?

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:

  1. Make sure your garage door is closed 
  2. Locate the ID# for your garage door opener using the included chart and write it down
  3. Press and hold the star and pound buttons on keypad until it begins to flash 
  4. When it stops flashing, enter the 4-digit PIN of your choice (make sure you write this down somewhere) and then press #
  5. Enter the opener ID number that you wrote down earlier and then press #
  6. Press and release the learn button on your garage door opener
  7. Enter your PIN again on your keypad and then press 0 (note: Genie brand garage door openers require you to press 0 two times)
  8. 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!

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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