For the most part, when our clients ask us, ” are garage door openers universal ?” they’re talking about the garage door remotes and not about the actual garage door opener unit. Some homeowners call them clicker, button, opener, but what it really is – it’s a garage door opener remote.
The simple answer to this question is no. Not all garage door remotes are universal. The compatibility of garage door remote control depends on several factors. If you’re looking specifically for a universal remote for your garage door opener, there are two models you need to look for. First is Liftmaster 893 MAX. It will work with any Chamberlain, Liftmaster, Craftsman, Sears, Steel-Craft opener. The second is Liftmaster 380UT, which is ideal for any other brand. Both of them are easy to set up and have step-by-step manuals. Alternatively, you can check out our blog on how to program a garage door opener remote from another remote or how to program a Liftmaster opener remote.
There are dozens of different garage door opener manufacturers such as Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Linear, Ryobi, GUARDIAN, and others. Some of them share the same frequencies, such as Liftmaster and Chamberlain, but that’s only because these are two wings of the same company. Every other manufacturer uses its own set of frequencies for its remote controls.
If you have two identical garage door opener units, you can easily reprogram the remotes and use one remote to operate two openers simultaneously. In that sense, they are universal, as you can program one remote to run several other garage door openers of the same brand.
Most manufacturers change their operational frequencies over the years, rendering old remotes useless for new models. For example, if you have an old Chamberlain remote laying around from the early 2000s or 1990s, it will not work with a new edition of their garage door openers manufactured after 2009. If you suspect that the remotes should be compatible, yet the opener does not respond to any programming, there is a chance you have a faulty unit. In that case, you might want to check our guide on how to repair a garage door opener or find a local garage door repair company that can do it for you.
Changing opener frequencies by the manufacturers is the way to keep up with the technological progress and its challenges for the garage door industry.
There are several reasons why garage door opener manufacturers had to constantly evolve and upgrade their operational frequency.
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