How Do I Program My Sears Craftsman Garage Door Remote 139.53681B

kariwojoJuly 26, 2005

Our 1/2 HP Sears Craftsman garage door opener was installed by a previous owner. They did not leave a manual. Now, one of our remotes has gone bad--I switched the battery with the other remote and it is not the battery. I'd like to try to reprogram the remote but can't without the manual. Does anyone know of a web address with a copy of the manual? Or does anyone know how I program it?

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akastj_northern_ca

Did you check Sears Parts online? See link below...

TJ

Here is a link that might be useful: Sears Parts

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 6:24AM
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thull

There's also a dedicated toll free number for Sears GDO's. Unfortunately, I don't have it handy.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 3:06PM
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Don_

I think you are giving the model number off your remote. Can you give the model number off the opener. It is on the back where all those white wires go.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 3:18PM
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kariwojo

The model number on the opener is 41A5021-3C

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 5:41PM
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Don_

kariwojo, that is still not the model number. That is the part number for the logic board. The model number looks like 139.XXXXX.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 6:22PM
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kariwojo

I ordered one that came with a manual. It's quite simple, really. With the garage door closed, press the large button on the remote. While that is pressed, press the "learn" button (ours is red) on the back of the opener unit. The indicator light on the panel will begin to blink and the opener light will flash once. At that point, release all buttons, and try out your remote! Thanks for everyone's suggestions!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2005 at 2:08PM
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chester_grant

Problem is if you are outside your garage with a malfunctioning remote you are screwed....as you can't press the "learn" button....

    Bookmark   January 27, 2006 at 12:48AM
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matt400_bellsouth_net

I have the same opener and have a similar problem.

I have one working remote and one working keypad. I can get either to work individually but I cant get them both to work at the same time.

What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions.

Thanks,
Matt

    Bookmark   February 12, 2006 at 2:31PM
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Don_

If these units both worked at one time you most likely have a remote that reverted to an earlier technology. You need to take the model number off the motor unit to make sure you get the right remote and purchase a new one.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2006 at 12:04PM
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jmare

I have two sears 139.53628srt garage door openers that have worked perfectly for the past ten years until today.
They have started opening randomly. The green light on the back of the both units continuously blinks. I have changed the batteries on all remotes, taken the batteries out of all units, they still blink.
I am unable to reprogram the remotes. The smart button does not have any effect when pushed on either unit, except turning the overhead light on for a few seconds then off.
The hard wiring for each unit works fine. I disconnected them both from the back of the unit and still got the blinking light.
Any suggestions

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 9:56PM
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jmelario_yahoo_com

one car is GM , the other is a Honda brand, instructions for each I believe are the same.
The previous owner left no instruct info.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2006 at 3:46PM
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Don_

Joe Elario go here for instructions.

http://www.homelink.com/training/train.taf

jmare, do you have an old remote stuck away somewhere? It sounds like something is flooding your door opener with a signal. Have you added something new to your garage or house? Anything? If so, unplug it and see what happens.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2006 at 4:38PM
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ctg255

I have a similar problem where I have 2 remotes that came with the unit. Both started to work sporatically. Either they would open and not close or only close for a while. Sometime both then next time would not work. I changed batteries same problem. I reset the remotes and tried to reprogram them and they will not do anything. Any suggestions??

    Bookmark   September 6, 2006 at 12:49PM
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Don_

What did you do to reset your remotes?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2006 at 4:17PM
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hommescapes

Don,
I sent a email earlier....hopefully you can address my problem.
I have a 139.53675 SRT opener with a
139.5379b remote....

Are these two compatable?

I have cleared the codes and reset the vacation lock to no avail.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 9:57PM
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ctg255

I pressed the orange and held down the remote button for 30 seconds. I then pressed the orange button held it down for 10 seconds then pressed the button on the remote for a couple of minutes. I have tried both ways multiple times. I can not get the lights to ever flash to indicate that the code was accepted. Also I can't get my touch pad to work either. The hardwired mounted on the wall works everytime.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 4:04PM
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Don_

hommescapes, I never received your e-mail. The model number of your remote is bad and I can't figure out what it should be.

ctg255, hold down the button on your remote and then press the smart/learn button on the back of your opener and release both buttons. Do not hold the smart/learn button in.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 7:06PM
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hommescapes

Don

hommescapes@gmail.com
I need to call you

Thanks,
Bobby D.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 12:42AM
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psuozzy

I noticed earlier in this thread (2/12/06) that an individual had the same problem as I have now. I have two remotes that both worked fine at one point. Now, only one remote works and when I program the other remote, it "cancels out" the first remote. I have purchased the a replacement remote with the same situation occuring. Any suggestions??? Thanks

    Bookmark   September 20, 2006 at 9:59PM
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jackstrawjim

I HAVE SAME PROBLEM PLEASE HELP
I noticed earlier in this thread (2/12/06) that an individual had the same problem as I have now. I have two remotes that both worked fine at one point. Now, only one remote works and when I program the other remote, it "cancels out" the first remote. I have purchased the a replacement remote with the same situation occuring. Any suggestions??? Thanks

    Bookmark   September 26, 2006 at 7:13PM
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jccolson_us_ibm_com

I just had this same problem. In my case the battery in the keypad was low, we had a power failure, and my keypad stopped working. I replaced the keypad battery, and had to reprogram it. When I pressed the red button on the garage door opener, and subsequently followed directions on the keypad, my remote and my HomeLink in the car stopped working. (The important thing that happened in my case was that the Keypad directions say to press and hold the Red button on the garage opener for 30 seconds or longer... which I did)... read on...

To fix it, I read this thread and some manuals and did this:

After I had done what I believe to be a HARD RESET on the garage door opener (as instructed by the 30 seconds of holding the button by the keypad instructions), I needed to re-train all the rest of the equipment.

1) I pressed the red button on the garage door opener for a SHORT period of time (1 second)... then immediately pressed the large button on my handheld remote. This immediately programmed the remote.

2) Followed the directions from my car on re-programming the HomeLink in my car in my case, press/hold the two outer buttons on the dash until light comes on, then press center button while also pressing the remote button until the HomeLink light flashes. This trains the HoneLink...but it DOESN'T MAKE THE HOMELINK WORK WITH THE GARAGE DOOR... so, step 3 is important..

3) Go back up the ladder, press the red button AGAIN for a short period (1 second)... go back to car, press newly programmed HomeLink button. Now the car is RE-TRAINED to work with the opener.

Net Net: I think the long hold on the Red Button kills all the wireless peripherals. I think the short press of the Red Button informs the garage door opener to "sync" with the next wireless device that tries to talk with it. I suspect that those on this thread who are having trouble getting the second remote to program are pressing the Red Button on the Garage door opener too long and, HARD RESETTING it EVERY TIME.

Good Luck, I hope this helps someone.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2007 at 12:37AM
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stevehersh

I have some old garage door remotes (139.53779 and 139.53778). Are they compatible with a Model 41A5021-3H opener?

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 9:32PM
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rmichael_mtu_edu

my opener quit working in december and i thought it was the relay. i tried it today and the opener started working again, without any repairs done to it. the only problem is my remote wont work. the manual said to press learn button and light will come on for 30 seconds. during the 30 seconds press the button you want to use on your remote. i did this and my remote still doesn't work, even with a battery change. any ideas?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 12:13PM
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gloriousblessing

I seem to be having the same trouble as all the others. I also own a pre-existing gdo (manufactured in 98) that was here when I bought my home. It is a Craftsman 139.53 and when I program one remote the other doesn't work. I also was able to use the keyless entry keypad but despite my following the directions on the device I am unable to re-program that (it blinks fast when I enter the passcode) it still does not work. I followed the directions that were posted by Jim but I am still not having success. Does anyone have any other suggestions.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 8:18PM
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GDS_

Glorious blessing
Here is a post that I did couple of years ago. I think it might answer your question. I'm quite sure that one of your remotes is a "bad" remote.

Posted by GDS_ (My Page) on Mon, Jan 31, 05 at 22:57

John.
Sometimes Don and I talk in different terms because we deal with this stuff all day long, every day. We may not explain things so that it's easy to understand, so let me take another stab at it.
Lets assume that all your transmitters are the latest, rolling code. (because they are, you have the red button)They include the two remotes and the outside digital keypad. But, for some strange reason, one of your remotes has lost the ability to roll it's code, and reverts back to the old billion code system. It's still transmitting, but its not transmitting like it should. Lets call that one, "The Bad One"
Start by wipeing out the memory of all transmitters from the motor unit. Now, program the keypad, and it works fine. Now, program a hand held remote, and it works fine. But you cant program the second hand held remote (the Bad One), because it's not transmitting in rolling code like the other two are, and the computer says, "NOPE, not going to accept you cause your not rolling code."
Now, lets try a different senario. You start with all the memory cleared from the motor unit. The first remote you try to program is the "Bad One" It will program just fine! The Logic board is saying "Were going to operate on billion code are we? OK, fine, everything from here on must be billion code." So then you try to program your other remote, (which is rolling) and it won't program.
So as you can see, the Logic board will accept either billion code or rolling code, but not both together.
Thats why you can program one or the other, but not both.

The chances of a hand held remote and the digital keypad going bad at the same time are doubtfull.
Find whichever hand held remote works with the keypad, and thats the one you keep. The other one is the Bad One, get rid of it and buy a new one.

I hope this helps.

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    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 6:56PM
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bulby

How do I program the sears craftsman remote.item# 00953681000 Mfr. model# 53681

    Bookmark   March 30, 2008 at 11:24AM
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ironcouch

Does the remote have to be reprogramed after changing the battery? The owner's manual doesn't say anything about having to reprogram the remote after battery replacement. I'm not exactly sure which model opener I have. The manual says model nos: 139.53962SRT1, 139.53966SRT1 and 139.53975SRT1. Please help! Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 11:58PM
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killerjoe

I have opener pt#41A5021-3H and keypad #13953876 w/no manual. I cannot seem to program the keypad to the opener. I have tried on-line solutions to no avail ie. "Enter 4-digit code then hold the enter key while pressing the learn button on the opener" and/or "hit the learn button on the opener and then enter the 4-digit code and enter". I have tried these type scenario's with the door open and closed. The visor mount remotes will respond to the training but not the keypad.
Please help,
Joe

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 4:02PM
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don_1_2006

I think you are trying to use an older keypad with a new opener and they are not compatible.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 6:01PM
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killerjoe

Don,
Thanks for your help. That would explain the issue. I guess I will need to upgrade my keypad.
Thanks Again,
Joe

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 11:28AM
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killerjoe

I purchased a universal keypad from Menard's and installed it. Everything is working fine now. Thanks again for your help Don.
Regards,
Joe

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 10:20AM
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tlj3200

I can't find the orange/red button on the Sears garage door opener. Do you need to take off the cover of the opener? Thanks

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 10:16PM
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don_1_2006

The button should be just to the left of all those white wires on the motor unit.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 7:15PM
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nancyj_gardener

I have read the above posts, and am still not clear as to how to fix my remote. I changed the batteries, but do not know where the operator box is. How do I re-program?
Do I need to get a new one? Where would I get one?
It is Craftsman # 139.53753

Thanks,
Nancy J

    Bookmark   September 1, 2008 at 6:09PM
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johnsonb52

I have two remotes. One stopped working and then the other stopped a few weeks later. The door opener still worked from the Door Control Push Button.
I have an older model 139.53672 (installed 1998), but I got my remotes to work again by first going through the procedure for "Erase All Remote Control Codes", and then for each remote, I did the "Add a Remote Control" procedure for each remote. It's simple to do. On the door opener itself, you should find a "Learn" push button for Erasing and Adding remote controls. The button is not labeled on my opener, but is shown in the manual. My push button is on the back of the opener, away from the door, and not covered. Yours may be near the light bulb. If you you don't have the manual, try this. Here's a link to the manual for a later model, and the remote setup is very similar to the way mine works. See p.35 - http://download.sears.com/own/53985e.pdf

Regards,
Barry Johnson

    Bookmark   September 6, 2008 at 6:10PM
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srichie

I have 3 remotes that were all working perfectly. I bought a wireless keypad and had to change the dipswitches on my opener. After programming the wireless keypad and getting it to work I now can't get any of the 3 remotes to work. I have changed the dipswitches on the remotes to match the opener and nothing. I have checked and rechecked the setting over and over. I find it hard to believe that 3 remotes would all go bad at the exact same time. THe opener is model number 139.53300 and the openers are model 139.53778.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 12:05PM
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cass2828

I have a owners manual and instructions for keyless entry for Sears craftsman garage door opener, model 41a-5021-2c keyless model 139.53684 If you would like a copy let me know!!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 12:25AM
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tbenton_comcast_net

Just to let everyone know...you can get any Sears product owners manual at www.managemyhome.com and look in the right hand column to input model #. I got one for my garage door opener because we lost it

    Bookmark   April 15, 2009 at 1:55PM
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cowpokekb

how do i reprogram the outside keypad without the old code?the handheld remote works after changing the battery but the old owner forgot the keypad code

please advise

    Bookmark   April 15, 2009 at 10:44PM
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don_1_2006

On the back of the motor unit near where all those white wires go you will find the smart/learn button. Press and immediately release this and walk over and key in a PIN number of your choice and press enter. If the keypad is working this will do it for you.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 5:15PM
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trose3_nycap_rr_com

Does anyone know the proper battery size that goes in the handheld remote? Thanks

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 10:05AM
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don_1_2006

It depends on the model number.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 11:26AM
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kittyhawk63_juno_com

My 139.53515SR CRAFTSMAN Garage Door Opener will not recode as to keep my neighbor across the street from opening my garage door. I think my receiver is no longer working properly so I can recode it. How am I able to tell if it is malfunctioning other than my neighbor keep opening my door? The red recode light comes on and stays on until I press a button on my handheld remote. The neighbor still is able to open my door. BTW, the 75 watt lightbulb no longer turns on. I have put several new light bulbs in to test. Still, no light. Thanks for your help.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 10:23PM
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petesal_cableone_net

I lost the instructions on how to program my model 139.53684 keypad unit. Can you give them to me

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 8:29PM
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chieftaing

To control the main overhead light:

If you have a remote with enough buttons or a homelink (say in your car) and you want to use a button to control the main overhead light - on those models that allow it - use the following. I know this works on my 53985 (319.53985):

Close the garage door.
Press and hold the remote button you want assigned to the light.
Press and hold the "light" button on the wall (what Sears calls the "Premium Control Console")
Press and hold the "lock" button on the wall.
Hold them all until the light flashes.

Release them all, and now that remote button should control the light. Not sure if the light can be controlled with the door open. Man was this hard to find!!

The 800 number for Sears tech support on garage doors is 800-528-5236 - but they're only open during extended day hours - not 24x7. I have no idea if they could help with this - I found it by Googling.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 9:52PM
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penzfan_hotmail_com

are the craftsman 139.53753 and 139.53681b garage door remotes compatible? the 81b from my old 2003 craftsman opener will not work on a new 2011 craftsman opener i just bought.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2011 at 10:28PM
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muffet_w_hotmail_com

Had the same problem with changing batteries, then remotes not working. Not sure who above suggested this, but it worked.

Step 1 - With garage door closed, erase all codes in opener by holding SRT button 10-15 seconds.

Step 2 - Press & release SRT button on back opener motor, quickly. Then press remote button you are trying to program, opener lights blink twice, remote is programmed.

If you have more than 1 remote, repeat Step 2.

thanks again whoever above suggested this.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 5:28PM
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chargisster_gmail_com

We got new openers. Programed the first one, easy. The garage door opens, but will not close. It starts, jerks, and goes back up and then the light starts blinking and that is all it does. How do we get it to close?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 5:47PM
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sdello

"The garage door opens, but will not close. It starts, jerks, and goes back up and then the light starts blinking and that is all it does. How do we get it to close?"

It sounds like a problem with the sensors at the bottom of the door. (something is blocking them, they are not aligned properly, not connected properly, etc.) The LED indicators should should be on steady on both sensors if they are aligned, and sending/receiving the signal properly. The door should close in the present state if you press and hold the wall button until the door is fully closed. It won't go down automatically until the fault is diagnosed and corrected.

Hope that helps.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 9:15AM
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superman_google_com

Hold the red button on the opener for 1 sec and press the big button on remote and release immediately. It should work. Somebody already suggested above and I've tested with my Craftsman door opener and it works. My door opener is a 2006 model and the remotes are of 2002.

Good Luck.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 11:31PM
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carolschuler1_juno_com

my gargage door will not open all the way when i push the button on the wall. It will go up about a foot then stop. I have sprayed it the track and rollers with silacone apray. What could it be.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 10:15PM
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p_anthony61_yahoo_com

How do I reprogram the 4-digit outside keypad--Thanks

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 12:09PM
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thmdu2001_aol_com

How do I Program My Craftsman garage door opener Part #41A5021-3E? Canada 1021499A date02/00. I understand there is no fee for this information. thank you,

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 12:19PM
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dcappy_1_sbcglobal_net

My Craftsman garage door opener went bad which was approx. 15 years old...I went online and purchased an older one, approx 18-20 years old and it works fine...the problem is, how can I program the 3 remotes from the 1st opener to this one. The model # of the one that went bad is 41A3493-1 and the older one that works is 139.53413. Any help would be appreciated

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 10:30AM
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Keith123456

We are required to hold down the button in order for the garage door to go down. If you press it and release it, the door returns to its raised position and blinks 6 times. How can this be reprogrammed to function correctly.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2012 at 10:58PM
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sdello

Keith:
That is a signal that the sensors at the bottom of the door are blocked, misaligned, or not functionning properly. Check that the LED lights on both sensors are lit and on steady with no flickering.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 8:57AM
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DougJames65

On the opener there is a red button. Hold for 10 seconds to clear all codes. Hold the Button on the remote first then press the red button on the opener until the led light goes out (about 3 seconds). Then you have to press the button on the remote about 3 times and the door should open. Press another 3 times and it will close. Then it will work all the time.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 6:11PM
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twotoejoe

I've studied my Sears manual and read this post, and still am having a problem programing my remotes after changing the batteries.

I haven't used the remotes in many years, so I replaced the batteries and the remotes lit up properly. I got out the manual to figure out how to reprogram them and to make a long story short, one I cannot get to program at all, and the other I can go through all the steps and it will open the door one time ONLY. Then it will not work again! I do NOT have a keypad in use and never had, only the wired transmitter and it works fine. PLEASE HELP!!

Jerry

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 12:06PM
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