Recoding a Garage Door Remote For Added Security

In one of my prior entries, I suggested re-keying door locks as a more cost-efficient, do-it-yourself method than having an entire lock changed repeatedly after each tenant occupancy.

I realized that I left out another helpful method of re-securing a home for each new tenant. Not all rental properties are condominiums or apartment complexes with large common garages. Some landlords rent out a house in the suburbs with a garage attached to the home.

Recently, I had to hire a specialist to re-program a garage door remote and learned how simple it is.

In the case of the Genie brand, it’s as easy as a press of a button. Here’s how to do it:

Locate the garage door transmitter box above your head in the garage. It is the big box that commands the garage door to open and close when a remote control button is pressed. You will need a   ladder as you will need to press a button on the box. By pressing and holding this button for a few seconds, it sends a computerized recoding message to your hand held remote. If anyone else has a duplicate copy of your original remote control it will not work anymore.

Find out the exact make of the garage door, either Genie, Craftsman, Raynor, Amarr, etc,, to see if the brand has any unique instructions (you can Google anything!).

I found this site containing helpful instructions for the Genie brand.

If needed, extra garage remote controls can also be purchased at stores such as Sears, Lowe’s and or Home Depot.

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