06:14PM | 07/11/05
Member Since: 07/10/05
3 lifetime posts
I have a Craftsman garage door and tried to use new Genie remotes that I matched my codes to. Needless to say it didn't work. I returned them. Now the garage door opens by itself a couple of times a day. I have since bought 2 new Craftsman remotes and changed the codes twice. I also followed a couple of different directions on how to reprogram using the smart button. Still no luck. HELP Please!!!

Jim D

11:58PM | 07/11/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
RANDINI - hi, I've seen this type of problem posted here before...I don't know if you've tried a search or not. When you say you've changed the codes twice, do you mean you've changed the code in the main unit? I believe the main unit has some small slide switches (what's called a DIP swich) where you can set a code. Once you set the new code on the main unit, then you reprogram the remotes to work with the main unit.

Can you tie this problem to specific events, such as a particular neighbor opening/closing their garage door with their opener, or does it happen right after you close the door? That will help you in troubleshooting the problem. It could be as simple as cobwebs/dirt on the door blockage sensors (the little IR beam boxes mounted near the floor that shoot a beam across the door opening), or it could be a sign the main unit is nearing the end of its useful life.

I hope this helps a little with your troubleshooting...good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


06:02AM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts

Older units used the dip switches.

But most newer units, specially those that have "Security Features" or "Rolling Codes" don't work like that.

The remote generates a "random code" and the receiver needs to be matched to that code.

The details of how that is done vary. But basically you put in in a "learn mode" and then operate the remote.

How you put it in a learn mode vary, but often have a separate button on the unit and/or some combination of buttons and/or time on the manual control.

A good source of information is from companies that sell replacement remtoes (PS many also sell replacement control boards, chains, gears, and pullies and the like. Even complete receiver/remote packages).

Many of the have information to identify which series system that it is and gives the program information needed.

Do a google on - replacement garage door remotes - and you will find many sources.

Jim D

11:30PM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Billhart - hi and thanks for posting good info! I did assume Randini's GDO was an older unit since he mentioned codes. As you say, newer units scramble or change codes and there's no DIP switch settings for the user to adjust. Hopefully, your info provides him some help.

Randini - if you're still having problems, please post the model number of your Craftsman GDO unit. Someone may be able to identify the manufacturer of the unit and from there, you'd be able to do some web browsing or phone calling to get help from the manufacturer.

Regards to all! Jim D/West Point, VA


11:59PM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 07/10/05
3 lifetime posts
Yes, the door is still opening by itself the same time each day. I'm sure that means someone else has my code but I have changed it 3 times already. Anyway, it's a Craftsman model 139.53615SR

Thanks for your help.

doug seibert

02:23AM | 07/13/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Your GDO......139******* was made by Chamberlain.........

Here's their TollFreeTech # (800) 528-5880


05:37AM | 07/13/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts

Makes all *****/Craftsman openers.

Here is one of the companies with parts.

You have to click around to find all of the stuff information, but they have a ton.

This will take you to compatiblity charts for the different manufactures.

here is a link for the programing instructions.

Here is the starting, with a bunch of links.

And for any "strange" brand click on the list on the right.

Last fall I had to track down a part for an All-O-Matic.

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