It is important that you know how to clear garage door remotes to reprogram your garage door opener. Just remember that erasing your remote link will erase everything programmed to that operator. At present time you cannot erase only one remote. This will include the HomeLink or Car2U  device in your vehicle. Every device associated with that operator including remotes, keypads and car system will need to be reprogrammed.

How to Clear Garage Door Remotes

To erase or clear your garage door opener of all devices you will need to located the learn button on the back of your garage door motor. It is usually a colored button about the size of a thumbnail on the back of your garage door operator. Press your “smart” or “program” button, holding it for at least 20 seconds. Attempt to use all of your devices to confirm that everything has been cleared. Most new models of garage door operators use a learn or program button system. If you have an older machine that uses a dip-switch system you will need to change the switches to different positions to change your code.

Here are some situations where you should erase all devices associated with an operator and reprogram:

  • Buying a House
  • Divorce
  • Lost Remotes
  • Stolen Vehicle
  • Garage Break-ins

After clearing your operator of all linked devices you will have to reprogram everything. Press the learn button (without holding) and press a button on your remote control. If a link as been made your garage door opener you should hear a clicking noises or see lights flashing. For all other devices you will need to review your owners manual for detailed programming instructions.



Garage Door Guide Cal
Hello, I’m Cal – owner of Garage Door Guide LLC    

I write tutorials about garage door repair, installation and maintenance. With over a decade of experience in the overhead door industry I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to share my knowledge with you.

4 thoughts on “How to Clear Garage Door Remotes

  1. G Leduc says:

    I have a legacy garage door opener with two remotes. House was built in 1999. It so happens that one of the remotes is also opening the neighbor’s door. How can I reprogram that remote to only open my door. I also have a keypad that works well.

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      You would have to purchase a new remote or your neighbor would have to reset his opener. There isn’t anything you can do to fix the problem with only your remote. Your neighbor would have to erase all of the remotes linked to his opener by holding down the learn/program button for 30 seconds – this would also clear out your remote link. After that he would have to reprogram all of his remotes back to the opener.

  2. Gene kester says:

    How do I clear one or two wireless remotes on a Sears opener and not all of the other remotes zl do not want to unprogram.

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      Unfortunately you have to clear all the remotes on older units by pressing and holding down the learn button (for 10 seconds) on the back of the opener. Once cleared you can reprogram only the remotes you want.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.