June 1, 2016

How to replace a garage door opener wall control

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a garage door opener wall control

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the wall control for a garage door opener. Located on the garage wall by the door to the house, the control opens and closes the garage door and turns the garage light on. If nothing happens when you push the control button, the control is most likely broken. Replace the wall control with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use this procedure to replace the wall control for Craftsman, Chamberlain, Genie and LiftMaster garage door openers.

If you have to hold down the control button for the door to close completely, the safety sensors are the most likely problem. To replace the safety sensors, see our repair guide How to Replace a Garage Door Opener Safety Sensor.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Slot screwdriver
Ladder
Safety glasses
Work gloves
Step ladder
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Replacing the wall control on a garage door opener

This video explains how to replace the wall control on a garage door opener.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect power

    Use a step ladder to access the garage door opener’s power cord and motor unit.

    Unplug the garage door opener.

    Unplug the garage door opener.

    Unplug the garage door opener.

  2. 02.

    Remove the wall control

    Push down on the control button locking tabs to release them, and then pull the control button off the old wall control.

    Remove the top mounting screw.

    Pull the wall control up slightly then outward to release it from the bottom mounting screw.

    Loosen the wire screws and disconnect the wires from the back of the wall control.

    Pull off the control button.

    Pull off the control button.

  3. 03.

    Install the new wall control

    Push down on the control button locking tabs to release them, and then pull the control button off the new wall control.

    Connect the wires to the back of the new wall control. Attach the white wire to the terminal marked white and the red-striped wire to the terminal marked red.

    Push the bottom mounting slot on the wall control onto the bottom mounting screw and slide the wall control slightly downward to lock it into the bottom screw.

    Install the top mounting screw.

    Reinstall the control button on the new wall control by pushing the top tabs of the control button into the top wall control slots and then snap the bottom control button tabs into the bottom wall control slots.

    Reconnect the wall control wires.

    Reconnect the wall control wires.

  4. 04.

    Reconnect electrical power

    Plug in the garage door opener.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in this repair guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all garage door openers

Choose a symptom to see related garage door opener repairs.

Main causes: loose fasteners, broken brackets, need preventive maintenance, worn drive gears, loose or worn belt, loose chain
Main causes: safety sensor beams blocked, safety sensors not aligned, downforce setting needs adjustment, damaged garage door tracks
Things to do: check garage door travel, tighten brackets and fasteners, test safety sensors, check travel limits and force limits
Main causes: faulty logic control board, bad RPM sensor, broken gears in the drive system, bad drive motor
Main causes: garage door opener misaligned, travel limits need adjustment, bad travel limit switches, faulty logic control board
Main causes: neighbor's remote programmed at the same time as yours, faulty wall control wiring, bad wall control unit
Main causes: radio interference, weak remote batteries, sunlight interference with safety sensor beams, safety sensors need adjustment
Main causes: garage door locked, damaged garage door tracks, up-force setting needs adjustment, RPM sensor failure, bad drive motor

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These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your garage door opener.

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