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Garage Door Opener Batteries – Changing, Life Cycle, and Reprogramming
Opening a garage door requires a lot of energy, and it can be a bit hard, especially if you are pregnant, sick, or disable. Some garage doors are weighty, and it will be hard to lift them to open. Some doors have no lubrication on the hinges.
Therefore, people move towards the automatic garage doors controlled with a remote or a switch fitted on the wall. It makes work much more straightforward for everyone, including children and those with disabilities.
However, this garage door opener requires batteries to work effectively. They require a particular type of well-designed battery to run the entire door opener for an extended period. It is essential to know how these door openers work so that you are not stuck at any time.
We usually advise how customers to check the batteries more frequently and to use the right battery type. Therefore, I will take you through this guide on the batteries you need, changing the batteries, the batteries' life cycle, and reprogramming the garage door opener.
Can you change the battery in the garage door?Batteries are just like any other item; they do not last for eternity, even if they are rechargeable. Therefore, do you need to change batteries in the garage door? However, how do you know that the garage door opener battery needs replacements?
A garage door opener can be replaced after every one to two years. The period varies depending on how often you open the garage door. They use potent batteries that can last for such an extended period.
Therefore, you must get the correct battery type when replacing the current battery. It should have the same capacity as the current one. The process of replacing the battery is simple, and you can do it at home without any expert assistance.
However, if you are not sure about what you are doing, it is good to seek advice from a garage door opener expert. Before starting the procedure, you must have gloves, safety eyewear, and a screwdriver.
Always take safety precautions first by wearing gloves and safety goggles when working on the garage door opener. Follow the detailed steps below;
Plug out your garage door opener from the power source.
The garage door battery is situated below the light lens; thus, you need to open the light lens.
Unscrew the tight screws from the battery compartment casing to remove the battery.
Pull out the battery after unscrewing it and disconnect the red and the black wire from the battery.
Connect the red and the black wires to the new battery that you need to replace. Ensure that the red wire is connected to the red terminal and the black wire is connected to the black terminal.
Fix the new battery into the battery compartment and protect it with the battery compartment casing. Tighten the casing with screws and ensure that the battery wires are not sticking out of the compartment casing.
Plug into the power source the garage door opener.
After replacing the battery, the LED indicator should flash a green light that indicates that the battery is charging. The new battery takes about 24 hours to achieve a full charge, and when it is fully charged, the LED indicator will remain solid green.
However, it is essential to make sure that the new battery is working. Therefore, unplug the garage door opener and open the garage door using the door control or the remote control. During this period, the LED indicator will turn orange, meaning that the door is running on battery power.
When the LED indicator flashes orange, it shows that the battery is running low. Plug the garage door opener back in s the last step of the battery installation procedure. It is good always to monitor the functionality of the garage door opener battery.
How long do batteries last in the garage door openers?This topic concerns many people, and we always want a battery that lasts for an extended period. However, that isn't always the case because most of these batteries use chemicals that become weak as time goes.
Therefore, when a garage door opener is enclosed within the battery compartment, it can last for one to two years, depending on the door opener usage frequency. The battery also depends on how well you care for your battery.
The battery's quality also plays a vital role in the lifespan of the battery. It is good to check the battery every time because it might die before you know. You might be locked out when you need your car to attend a meeting or work.
Do you have to reprogram the garage door remote after changing the battery?You might need to reprogram your garage door opener remote after replacing your battery. However, this isn't the case for all garage door openers. The modern garage door openers used around the globe require reprogramming after battery replacement.
They are reprogrammed because they might not keep the previous memory, and thus you cannot perform previous functions with it. Therefore, if you have a modern garage door opener, it is good to reprogram your remote control.
Therefore, to reprogram your remote control, you need to know how to do it. Thus, you need to go through the following steps:
Find the ‘learn’ button on your garage door opener. It is located on the same side as the antenna. You need to remove the light lens to access it. The color of the button might be either green, orange, red, purple, or yellow.
Press and release the ‘learn’ button after locating it.
Press the button for at least 30 seconds and then press and hold the button you want to reprogram on the remote control. Press the button for at least three seconds, then release it.
The LED indicator will turn off, and the garage door operator light will blink to show that programming was successful.
You can reprogram all the buttons if you think that it is essential. The buttons need to serve the purpose that they are intended to do.