Remote Keypad Garage Door Opener
Installing a remote keypad for your garage door opener is an easy DIY project. I installed the Liftmaster 976LM Security+ Garage Door Opener Keypad for our garage doors and it was a very easy do-it-yourself project.
The first thing you need to do is figure out which model Liftmaster Keypad you’ll need based on the type of door opener motor you have. Liftmaster garage door openers have a colored “Learn” button on the back of the unit with all of the control settings. The color of the button determines the type of remote keypad your opener requires.
- Purple Learn Button = Security Plus (with ERT)
- Orange Learn Button = Security Plus (no ERT)
- Green Learn Button = Rolling Code
Once you’ve identified the type of Liftmaster garage door opener you have it’s easy to pick up the correct remote keypad. The following is a list of the correct remote keypads for your garage door opener.
- Security Plus (Orange) = Liftmaster 976LM which costs about $22.
- Security Plus ERT (Purple) = Liftmaster 377LM which costs about $23.
- Rolling Code (Green) = Liftmaster 66LM which costs about $24.
Setting The Keypad Passcode
Once you’ve purchased the remote keypad you’ll need to program it to open your garage door. This needs to be done BEFORE you install the keypad on the house. The steps are very easy.
- Press and release the “Learn Button” on the motor unit. The learn indicator light will glow steady for 30 seconds.
- Within 30 seconds, enter a four (4) digit identification number (PIN) of your choice on the keypad. Then press and HOLD the ENTER key on the keypad. (It’s best if you do this task on a step ladder near the garage door opener)
- Release the ENTER button when the garage door motor unit lights blink. Once the lights blink the code has been set. (If you don’t have lights installed in the opener you’ll know the code is set if you hear two clicks on the motor unit).
Installing the Remote Keypad Garage Door Opener
Once you’ve set the PIN number on your new remote keypad all you need to do is install it in a convenient place outside the garage. If you have a sectional garage door (most typical) then the best place to install the remote keypad is on the inside of the garage door jamb (see picture above).
Installing the keypad is very easy. First install a screw approximately 5 feet above ground level. The screw should be installed so that the head is slightly away from the finish surface (1/8 inch). Hang the remote keypad on that screw and slide it downward to lock. Next, open the battery compartment and install a screw with a screw gun. The 2nd screw helps lock the unit in place.
So for under $25 you can have a remote keypad outside your garage to open the doors with. It’s great when you’re going for a walk, bike ride or doing yardwork.