When it comes to opening and closing your garage door, convenience is key. Handheld wireless remotes are the standard for most garage doors, but entry is limited to the person with the remote on their car visor or keychain. A properly installed keypad, on the other hand, allows access to anyone who knows your unique security pin. With a little time and preparation, you can easily install a keypad on the side of your garage. Here’s a quick guide that will teach you everything you need to know to do it yourself.
Select a Style You Like
Keypads are pretty straightforward devices that come in a variety of colors and designs. If your garage door operates with a wireless remote, a wireless keypad will most likely be compatible as well. If you want to be confident that your keypad will work effectively with your garage door opener, you can research the make and model before purchasing one.
Find the Perfect Location
Before installing your keypad, you need to consider its placement. Most keypads are located near the garage door, but you can install your keypad anywhere that makes sense for your family. Direct sunlight can damage your keypad and although they’re usually water resistant, you may not want to install your keypad in a place that will be exposed to the elements. It’s also a good idea to consider installing your keypad in a place that isn’t visible from the street.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect location, it’s time to install batteries and check the signal strength. Make sure you test your keypad a few times before drilling any permanent holes into your siding or garage walls. When you’re ready for installation, follow the manufacturer’s guide. It should be as straightforward as drilling a few holes to mount a bracket.
Pairing Your Keypad
Every DIYer knows not to skip the instructions and this is the perfect time to read them. Your manufacturer’s guide will include a set of instructions for you to pair your keypad to your garage door. Before you begin, make sure you’ve got a unique pin in mind. Avoid common numeric sequences like 1234, 1212 and 7777, which make it easier for intruders to gain entry into your garage. Pick a code that is memorable for your family, but unique.
Installing a garage door keypad is pretty straightforward, but don’t stress if you have hiccups along the way. If your keypad isn’t working, here are a couple of tips:
- Bring your keypad into the garage. Use your handheld remote to make sure the garage door opens and closes properly. Now try your keypad. If it isn’t working, you may need to pair it again.
- If your keypad works inside the garage, but it doesn’t work on the bracket you’ve installed, check the antenna on your garage door opener. Look for a thin wire that hangs down and give it a quick check, making sure it’s still connected.
If you’re still having problems, contact us and we’ll help you find the issue.
Once you’ve successfully installed your garage door keypad, share your pin with family members, neighbors, close friends, or keep it to yourself. If a neighbor needs to access your garage or your kids are walking home from school, you’ll be able to give them the code so they can get inside whether you’re home or away. And if you want to change the code at any time, it’s a simple process.
If you have any questions about purchasing a garage door keypad, give us a call at 303-279-7324 and we’ll be happy to answer them. Our experts at Gold Label Door are here to help you keep your garage door working flawlessly.