How to Program Old Craftsman Garage Door Opener: 3 Steps

Is your old Craftsman garage door opener giving you trouble? Newer garage door openers are programmed differently, but you can learn how to program your old opener in a few quick steps.

How to Program a Regular Old Craftsman Garage Door Opener

If your garage door opener looks like this, then you can proceed. If you have the other version, skip to the next section

You can click the image to purchase a new one.

Step 1

The first step is to reset your old Craftsman garage door opener. Get on a ladder and hold down the Learn button on the back of your garage door opener until the light flashes.

Your might need to take the light cover off to see the control panel on the back of your garage door opener.

Step 2

Once that step is finished, hit the Learn button again so that the light stays lit. Then press the button on your remote.

The light should flash once and your garage door should be programmed.

Step 3

Test your garage door opener remote and see if it works.

How to Program Craftsman Remote with Button on the Back

Step 1

Hit the button on the back of your garage door opener remote.

Step 2

Hit the learn button on the back of your garage door opener.

Step 3

Depending on the color of your Learn button, you will need to push the button on your remote control a certain number of times. Use the table to find out how many times you need to push your remote control’s button. You have 30 seconds to complete these steps after you hit the learn button, so be quick!

Learn Button Color# of Presses
Yellow1
Purple2
Red/Orange3
Green4

Once you’ve hit the button on your remote the correct amount of times, hit any button other than the button you hit to exit programming mode.

Step 4

Hit the learn button again and then click your remote. It should be ready to work now!

Troubleshooting

If your garage door opener is failing to program, it could mean that your logic board is broken. Before you mess with any electrical work, you can try the following guides below to fix your garage door:

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