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Safety and Maintenance

Older homes may have charm that's difficult to find in a new house today, but often they do not compare well when it comes to meeting current safety standards. In fact, even houses built only 15 years ago may have major components that don't measure up to current federal guidelines. Garage door openers for example. Even though the door is spring balanced and move at the touch of a button, maiming injuries and several deaths (mainly to children) occur every year. There are many contributing factors. One is that a garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a house; another, that the convenience of mounted keypads and portable remote controls means garage doors are often used more than any other entrance. Third, is that the garage door is typically the least maintained moving object on the house.

Safer garage doors
There are two main ways to make automatic garage doors safer. The first and most obvious is to install a modern system that meets current standards. Since January 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has required that all garage door openers have what's called an external entrapment protection system. In practical application this translates to an electric photo eye (or similar system) aligned with the opening and approximately six inches off the floor. These will reverse the garage door before it hits anything detected by the sensors in the door's path.

Many older systems reverse only after contact (sometimes quite a collision) or don't reverse automatically under any circumstances. If your garage door is more than 10 years old, consider upgrading, says the CPSC, and replace pre-1982 openers that do not reverse.

The CPSC offers this strong recommendation because the auto-reversing feature has significantly reduced personal injury and property damage -- so much so that in 2001 the standard was extended to include automatic security gates that are increasingly common at the entrances of apartment and condo communities.

The second basic safeguard is to test your garage door periodically (the CPSC suggests a somewhat rigorous, once-a month schedule) and perform regular maintenance and repairs as needed. Although basic guidelines apply to all automatic garage door openers, check your owner's manual or contact Adam's Garage Doors.

Most of the safety guidance is aimed at parents of young children; No. 1 on the list compiled by door manufacturers, the CPSC and the National Safety Council, is not to let kids play "beat the door." The groups also advise parents not to let children play with or use garage door remote controls. As a further precaution, keypad wall control should be mounted out of children's reach -- at least five feet from the floor -- and in a location where users can clearly see the moving door.

In case all else fails and someone is pinned by the door, it's also important to know how to use the emergency release. Generally, you simply pull down on the short rope hanging from the operator motor. This feature, a standard since 1982, disconnects the garage door opener system from the garage door so you can lift it by hand.

Testing old and new garage doors
In older houses, the garage door may be original or a replacement. Not sure of its vintage? You might be able to track the door's manufacturing date through a model type listed in the owner's manual or on the back of the garage door opener. If not, you can contact Adam's Garage Doors to send a technician to evaluate your opener.

Balance. To check balance, start with the garage door closed and trip the release mechanism so you can maneuver the garage door by hand. If the garage door is balanced (properly spring-loaded and running freely on its tracks), you should be able to lift the garage door smoothly without much effort and it should stay open about three or four feet above the floor. If the garage door flies up or down when you let go, the balance needs adjusting. Because the springs store so much power, you should have their tension corrected by a qualified service contractor. I have personally stood in pools of blood where homeowners attempted to adjust or repair their own springs before I was called.

Reversing test. Place a 2-by-4 block on the flat in the path of the garage door. If it does not promptly reverse on hitting the block, you should repair the garage door opener or replace an older one that lacks the reversing feature. Be very cautious because you can damage your garage door or garage door opener if this test is not done properly.

Basic maintenance
There are a few items that can be done that will extend the life of your garage door and garage door opener.

  1. Lubricate Rollers, Do not grease the track. The lubricant should be sprayed directly into the bearings of the rollers. By greasing the track, the life of the rollers will drastically decrease.
  2. Lubricate Hinges, Spray lubricant where the metal to metal part rubs together as the hinge moves.
  3. Check balance of garage door. All residential garage door openers are designed to pick up approximately 20 lbs. If a garage door is not balanced the life of your garage door opener will be reduced dramatically. It is a common misconception that buying a bigger Horsepower opener will fix the problem. With the garage door not in balance you will just be buying another garage door opener very soon. If the garage door is not balanced, call us to adjust. This is, by far the most dangerous part of any garage door to try to adjust without proper training and tools.
If you are unsure of the basic maintenance of your garage door or simply do not want to do it on your own, feel free to call us to schedule a preventative maintenance call.
Operator Programming

Below is information to help you program your Garage Door Operator remote control or outside keypad. If you need additional help, feel free to give a call for assistance or to schedule a service call to program for you.

Programming 971LM and 973LM, 371LM and 373LM Security Plus Transmitters

  1. Press and release the "smart" button on garage door opener motor unit. The smart indicator light will glow steadily for 30 seconds. The 971LM and 973LM remotes have a corresponding amber or red, square, learn button. The 371LM and 373LM have a corresponding purple, square, learn button. Learn buttons are located on the motor head near the terminal strip for wire connections.
  2. Within 30 seconds, press and hold the button on the hand-held remote.
  3. release the button when the motor unit light blinks. It has learned the code. If light bulbs are not installed, two clicks will be heard.


976LM, 377LM Security Plus and 66LM Wireless Keyless Entry Systems

  1. Press and release the "smart" button on garage door opener motor unit. The smart indicator light will glow steadily for 30 seconds.
  2. Within 30 seconds, enter a four digit personal identification number (PIN) of your choice on the keypad. Then press and hold the ENTER button.
  3. Release the button when the garage door opener motor unit lights blink. It has learned the code. If light bulbs are not installed, two clicks will be heard.

The square smart button is located on the side or the back of the motor head, and is colored red, green, amber, orange, or purple. It is directly under the #1 wire terminal screw.

Programming Instructions for Genie remotes:
Programming Genie Intellicode Remote Transmitters

  1. Press the Receiver Learn Code button on the power head receiver of your door operator. This small, black, unmarked button is located behind the light lens at the motor head and is nearest the floppy 6 inch antenna wire that protrudes from the motor head. When pressed, a radio signal indicator light will start blinking red for 30 seconds. **
  2. After pressing the Learn Code Button once, press your transmitter button three times for your system to grab the frequency and code it in. (Keep the transmitter you want tuned at least 2 feet away from the power head while tuning.)
  3. Press the transmitter button once more to test the system and start your door moving.
** To erase all Intellicode remotes and wireless keyless entry, hold down on the learn button until the indicator light stops blinking, then proceed to Step 2.

Programming Genie Digital Remote Transmitters with Internal Set Switches

These transmitters work by matching the settings on the internal code setting switches with the same set of switches in the receiver on the garage ceiling. The receiver is located either behind the light lens of the Genie garage door opener motor head, or inside an external small rectangular box on the ceiling, which is connected to the motor head by a set of wires. Note: the frequency of the transmitter must be the same frequency as the receiver on the ceiling for it to work. Genie has been making the 390 MHz frequency exclusively for the last 15 years.

Programming Genie Multi-Button Digital Remotes with Internal Set Switches:

These garage door opener transmitters have 2 smaller switches to the right of the internal Code Setting Switches. The small right switch should be set according to how many Code Setting Switches in your receiver (either 9 or 12). The small left switch is for programming purposes. To program a button for one of your doors, follow the instructions below:

  1. First, match the settings on the Internal Code Setting Switches with the same set of switches in the receiver on the garage ceiling, as described in the previous programming instructions.
  2. Next, move the small programming switch to 'S' (for SET) and press the transmitter button you wish to have assigned to the above door.
  3. Last, return the programming switch to 'R' (for RUN) and press the assigned transmitter button to test the door and start the door moving. Follow the same procedure for each additional door you wish to program.
Genie Garage Door Opener Keypads

Genie Garage Door Opener Wireless Keypad Model GPWK-12, GWK
(works with remotes having 9 or 12 internal code setting switches. Keypad is black with a slide-up cover showing the Genie logo only)

Step-By-Step Programming Procedure

  1. Reset Keypad--slide keypad cover half way up. While pressing the # and 8 buttons simultaneously, slide the Keypad Cover the rest of the way up until it latches. Release # and 8 buttons. At this point, if the back lit keypad light stays on, proceed directly to step 2. If the back lit keypad light goes out, close the cover pad and reopen it until it clicks. Proceed to step 2.
  2. Press 3, 5, 7 and # buttons in said order.
  3. Enter your PIN and press the # button. Your PIN number can be created from any group of numbers up to 8 digits of your choice. Note: Do NOT use"#" or "star" key.
  4. Enter Door Code, as determined from the chart at left, and press the "star" key.
  5. Slide Keypad Cover down.
  6. Test Keypad by sliding cover up until it latches. Enter your PIN and Press "star" key. Your door should operate.
This keyless garage door opener entry pad works with Genie transmitters using 390 MHz frequency. It is NOT compatible with Genie Intellicode transmitters (if your keypad has Intellicode printed on the cover, go to the next set of programming instructions below). The Door Code in the Step-By-Step Procedure at right is determined by the internal code switches inside your transmitter and the accompanying chart. Determine the settings of the first 3 switches and write down the corresponding number from the chart. Continue with the next 3 switches and its corresponding number, and so on, until the last set of 3 switches. You should have 3 or 4 Door Code numbers.

Switch SettingsDoor Code Number

Door Code in Step #4: ____ ____ ____ ____

Genie Wireless Intellicode Keyless Entry Pad Programming:
2 Models

Model 1: Intellicode Model GWKIC, ACSDG (black with slide-up cover and the word "Intellicode" printed on the cover)
GWKIC, ACSDG, Two Part, Step-By-Step Programming

Part 1:
To Reset the Intellicode Wireless Keypad

  1. Open cover half way.
  2. Press and hold "PROG" and "8" while fully opening cover. Indicator light will blink once and go out.
  3. Close cover fully.
To Program the Intellicode Wireless Keypad

  1. Open cover fully by sliding keypad cover up until it latches.
  2. Press 3-5-7.
  3. Press "PROG". (red light blinks)
  4. Enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN).
  5. Press "PROG". (red light blinks fast)
  6. Close cover fully.
  7. Proceed to Part 2 above.
NOTE: if red indicator light does not blink, it is not taking the programming steps. Check the 9 volt battery under the keypad numbers. To access, press inward, under the number pad lip while sliding downward to expose the battery.

Part 2:
Press the Receiver Learn Code button on the Power Head Receiver of your Genie Garage Door Opener. This small black button is located behind the light lens at the motor head and is nearest the floppy 6 inch antenna wire that protrudes from the power head. When pressed, a radio signal indicator will start blinking red for 30 seconds.

  1. Enter your PIN number after pressing the Learn Code button described above, while the motor head indicator light is blinking.
  2. Press "SEND" 2 times for your system to grab your frequency and code it in.
  3. Press "SEND" once to test system and start your door moving.
Adding More Doors to Keypad:

  1. Open cover fully.
  2. Enter PIN 1.
  3. Press PROG, PROG, PROG.
  4. Enter total number of doors (2 or 3)
  5. Press PROG.
  6. Follow directions below to set each door.
  7. Press operator Learn Code Button.
  8. Enter PIN 1.
  9. Press SEND
  10. Enter Door Number (1, 2 or 3)
  11. Press SEND three times.
  12. Close Cover.
  13. Test by Opening Cover, Enter PIN1, Enter 1.
  14. Go to next machine and follow steps 8 to 13.

With most Genie units, remove the light lens globe to expose the Learn Button on the motor head. The learn button is sometimes located on the back of the unit, or with Accelerator openers, it is under the light lens near the hinge of the lens globe. Always locate the floppy antenna wire first. The Learn Button can be found not far from this antenna. See Troubleshooting Guides for Accelerator photo.

Model 2:
Intellicode Model GWKP (off-white with flip-up cover)

Programming Instructions for the GWKP Genie garage door opener keyless entry involves following the two sets of steps below:

  1. To erase the old PIN (personal identification number) press and hold down, in order, the "PROG," "6" and "Up/Down Arrow" keys. The red LED will blink once and then turn off. Release the buttons.
  2. To program: press, in order, but do not hold down the "3," "5," "7" and "PROG" keys.
  3. Enter your chosen PIN, anywhere from 3 to 8 characters.
  4. Press "PROG" (red LED blinks - twice per second and turns off)
Find the Learn Code Button and the LED indicator light on your Genie motor head inside the garage. It is usually behind the light lens and close to the floppy antenna wire. If your Door Opener does not have an antenna, you have an External Receiver. The External Receiver cover must be removed to access the Learn Code button and the indicator LED. Follow Steps 1 through 3 outlined below:

  1. Press this Learn Code button momentarily. The red LED indicator light will start to blink. It will blink for up to 30 seconds. While it is blinking, proceed to Step 2:
  2. Enter your PIN and press the "Up/Down Arrow" key on your keypad. The Learn Code Indicator LED will stay on.
  3. Press the "Up/Down Arrow" key again. The Learn Code indicator LED turns off. Wait until the Keypad backlight turns off (approximately 30 seconds).
  4. Test by entering your PIN and pressing the "Up/Down Arrow" key to operate your door.
Multiple Genie Garage Door Opener Programming for GWKP- All garage doors will use the same PIN:

  1. Enter PIN and press PROG (red LED blinks once per second).
  2. press PROG again (red LED blinks twice per second).
  3. press the number of doors you wish to control (2 key or 3 key).
  4. press PROG (red led blinks several times and turns off).
  5. Decide which Door will be Door #1, #2, and #3.
  6. Press the Learn Code Button on the motor head.
  7. Enter your PIN and press the Up/Down key on the Keypad.
  8. Press the number you have picked for this Door Opener (key 1, 2 or 3)
  9. Press the Up/Down key.
  10. Repeat steps 6 through 9 for each Door Opener.
Homelink Garage Door Opener Programming


To program a built-in-car transmitter to a rolling code garage door opener (Genie rolling code is called Intellicode, Liftmaster/Sears is called Security plus), you should take the following steps.

  1. Clear out anything previously programmed into the in-car system from the factory by holding down on the 2-outside buttons simultaneously, until the in-car LED starts flashing rapidly. This may take up to a minute (in most cases, the key should be on auxiliary, and/or the car door must be shut).
  2. Decide which button you want to make to be your in-car garage door transmitter. Hold your transmitter up near the selected button, pressing both the garage door remote and the selected in-car transmitter button simultaneously. Hold down on the buttons until the in-car, LED light flashes rapidly. This sets the in-car remote transmitter to be your garage door openers make transmitter, but you are not done. You now need to make this in-car transmitter your personal transmitter.
  3. Go to the Learn Button on your garage door opener. The button is usually next to the area where the floppy antenna is connected to the motor head. With Genie it is most often behind the light lens, and an indicator light flashes red when pressed. With Sears or Liftmaster (Chamberlain) it is near, or part of, the terminal screw board, and is a red, green or purple square button with a green, amber or purple indicator light. Press this learn button momentarily. The indicator light will turn on and blink if Genie or otherwise stay lit. For Genie systems, go back to the in-car transmitter button you programmed and press this button 3 or 4 times, or until the door starts moving. This should set your in-car transmitter to your garage door opener. For Liftmaster, Sears, or Linear Megacode press and hold the in-car button you programmed until the garage opener light flashes. Your in-car is now programmed to operate your door.
Programming a Fixed-Code Device (Majority of units made prior to 1996)

These devices have internal dip-switches located near the battery of your remote.

  1. Clear out anything previously programmed into the in-car system from the factory by holding down on the 2-outside buttons simultaneously, until the in-car LED starts flashing rapidly. This may take up to a minute. (In most cases, the key should be on auxilary, and/or the car door must be shut).
  2. Press and hold the in-car button you want to use to operate your garage door while simultaneously pressing and holding the button to your hand held remote until the LED on the in-car remote flashes rapidly.
  3. Test the in-car remote by pressing the button you chose to operate your door.
  4. When the door operates your in-car remote is programmed.


Programming a Rolling Code Garage Door Opener

If your in-car (UHR) remote has 3 LED lights, one above each button, you should follow the instructions below to program your Rolling Code Garage Door Opener.

  1. Press the outer two in-car (UHR) buttons simultaneously and release (In most cases, the key should be on auxilary, and/or the car door must be shut).
  2. Place the garage door opener into "learn" mode by pressing the small square colored button, or the small round black button on a Genie, located behind the light bulb globe in the garage. This may require the use of a ladder, follow all safety precautions.
  3. The LED on the garage door opener will go on immediately. For Genie openers the LED will begin blinking.
  4. Press and hold the button on the in-car (UHR) remote that you want to use for operation of the garage door to activate.
  5. Watch for the garage door to activate.
  6. When the garage door activates, release the button and depress again the selected button to lock in the program.
  7. Programming of Rolling Code garage door opener is now complete.
Programming a Fixed Code Device (Majority of units made prior to 1996)

Below is a picture of a typical 12-switch DIP switch layout located on your hand-held remote control under the battery cover (your remote may have 8-12 DIP switches). Note: Genie, Linear, Multi-Code and Stanley have only 2 position switches: up or down.

  1. Press all three in-car (UHR) buttons simultaneously and release (In most cases, the key should be on auxilary, and/or the car door must be shut).
  2. Enter your corresponding DIP switch settings into your in-car (UHR) by pressing and releasing the buttons corresponding to the settings you show on your hand held remote or on the receiver, located on the ceiling of your garage, based on the above chart. For example: if the first switch is "UP" or "+"or "ON," press the left button. If the 2nd switch is "Down" or "-" or "OFF," press the Right button.
  3. When you are done entering all the DIP switch settings, press all three in-car (UHR) buttons simultaneously and release.
  4. Press and hold the button that you want to use for operation. Watch for the garage door to activate.
  5. When the garage door activates release the button and depress again the selected button to lock in the program.
Programming of the Fixed Code device is now complete.



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