So I just realized that it’s been a little over 2 weeks since my last post here! Time really flies! I’ve been swamped with the usual things (as usual 😉 ) — but besides that, this site has also been experiencing some “technical difficulties,” which I hope and pray will be resolved really, really soon! (Please pray with me?)
I’ve also been *trying* to work on home improvement — meaning get our little apartment look and feel “homier” than usual. It’s been a struggle actually, what with all that’s on my plate now, and most days I feel really guilty that the place is in an “organized mess”! Really, on some days I wish we had a living room that looks like this (or something like it):
Instead of this:
But then I remember that our home is still “perfect” the way is it is: Our life is real, and sometimes it’s messy, and even dirty. But we’re all in this together. Our home may not be Pinterest- or Instagram-worthy but it’s home. You get what I mean? 🙂 So I guess my “perfect” and “idealistic” home improvement plans don’t have to be on my list of what’s “urgent and important” at the moment.
Now, in case you are looking for home improvement tips, here is an informative article from Catherine Lavinia, an acquaintance of mine who is into providing tips and tricks on different topics. I hope it will be helpful to you, especially those of you who have garage door openers! 🙂
Reprogramming Garage Door Remotes and Keypads
Garage door openers are the ultimate in convenience when the weather is less than cooperative. Instead of being forced to get out in the rain or snow, you can simply press a button and the door opens on its own like magic. The garage door opener remote has really changed the way we think of our garages, but in some ways, they’ve made our homes less safe — this is just one of the many reasons you should know how to erase your door opener’s memory and program new remotes and keypads.
Many reasons to reprogram
Many homeowners don’t give a second thought to their garage door openers, but if you weren’t the homeowner who installed your current opener or live in an area where crime is a problem, reprogramming your remotes and keypads may save you a lot of heartache later. Once someone else has access to your garage, they often can access your home, so for safety’s sake, take a few minutes and reprogram your unit.
Even if you don’t give out your code willy-nilly and know exactly where all your garage door remotes are, it’s a good idea to change your keypad code regularly. Changing the code on a regular basis will prevent anyone who may be messing with your keypad at night from breaking the code. Keypads shouldn’t make you feel afraid, you can easily take back control with regular reprogramming.
Reprogramming your garage door equipment
Reprogramming garage door openers is actually a fairly easy task for most models. Units left over from the 1980s and early 1990s will require a different process than what is described here, so always consult your garage door opener manual for full instructions. Be careful when working with a garage as the garage door springs can carry a lot of force. In general, this is how to proceed:
Erase the memory. If you’re worried about other people having remote controls, you should start reprogramming your unit by completely erasing the memory. Not all units will do this automatically, so make sure you do it manually. Just press and hold the “Learn” button located on the back of your garage door opener for approximately six seconds. The “Learn” LED will go out to indicate that the memory was purged. Units without an LED may instead signal with the light bulb.
Program your remotes. Once the memory is purged, you can attack your control devices. Start with your remote control — it’s fairly easy to set and can be done by yourself. Climb the ladder you already set up behind your garage door opener with the remote in hand to do this, it’ll make the process easier and less frustrating.
This time, instead of pressing and holding the “Learn” button, simply press it and look for the LED on the unit to begin glowing. While it’s glowing steadily, press and hold the button you want to program on your remote until the light on the garage door opener blinks (this may be the LED or the main light bulb).
If your garage door opener has no lights whatsoever, you’ll hear two clicks when your remote is programmed. You’ll program any other remotes the same way — as long as you quickly press and release the “Learn” button, your opener won’t forget any other remotes you’ve programmed.
Change your keypad’s PIN. Programming your garage door opener’s keypad is a little more challenging, but only just a little. Make sure you’ve got a friend on hand to help with the “Learn” button-punching duty, since you’ll be working outside of arm’s length to the opener.
Many models of garage door keypads can be programmed by simply pressing the “Learn” button, typing the new code onto the keypad, then pressing the “Enter” button. If this method is successful for your unit, your keypad will tell you so by flashing. Test your code by re-entering it on the keypad and hitting enter. If you were successful, the door will open or close.
If your keypad has a “Program” button, you can change the PIN without hitting the learn button on the opener. Simply start the programming mode by pressing the following series of buttons: 3, 5, 7, Program. When the LED begins to slowly blink, enter your new PIN, then press “Program” again. The LED should blink twice and turn off. Again, test the code by entering it on the keypad and pressing the up/down arrow key.
Reprogramming your garage door accessories is a simple thing you can do to increase your sense of security in an increasingly insecure world. You can easily incorporate PIN changes into your yearly garage door maintenance routine so that you don’t forget this important job.
*Image credits: living room by dreamstudiographics | remote control by arztsamui | woman using security system by stockphotos | businessman with remote control by steafpong | All images from FreeDigitalPhotos.net