6 Steps to Program Old Craftsman Garage Door Opener

6 Steps to Program Old Craftsman Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers introduce convenience, security, and safety to your life. They let you open/close your garage door from the comfort of your car (via a remote), have rolling codes to make sure that only you have access to the garage and free you from the worry of the door crashing down on something.

Despite all the benefits that they offer, garage door openers suffer from one shortcoming. Most of them stop working with the old remote after some time, forcing you to buy a new remote. Such a scenario requires you to learn how to program Old Craftsman garage door opener.

That is where this article comes into play. We’re going to lay out a step-by-step guide using which you can program your garage door opener on your own. Provided you haven’t done this before, check this video to have a better understanding of the steps mentioned below.

Step-by-step guide for Craftsman Garage Door Opener Programming

Follow these steps to program your old Craftsman garage door opener:

Step 1: Locate the mounted garage door opener

Locate the mounted garage door opener

Locate your mounted garage door opener – the large box located on the inside of your garage that causes the door to go up and down. It will be on one of either side of the garage’s doorway.

Step 2: Locate the “Learn” button

Locate the “Learn” button

Locate the “Learn” button on the garage door opener. Most probably it will be on the back side. Press the button for a few seconds and then release it.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll see that the button will light up for half-a-minute. Don’t do anything as the button keeps glowing. Wait for the light to die down.

Step 3: Press “Top” button on remote

Press “Top” button on remote

Bring out the new garage door remote and press and hold down the “Top” button. However, if your remote has more than one buttons, you can press any of them. Keep the button pressed.

Step 4: Press “SRT” button on garage door opener

Press “SRT” button on garage door opener

Go back to the mounted garage door opener and locate the “SRT” button on its back. Press the button and hold it down. You should do it while you’re still holding down the button on the remote with the fingers of your other hand.

Pro Tip: Don’t think you can hold down both the buttons at the same time? Then get yourself a helping hand. Ask the person helping you to press and hold down the button on the remote as you locate and press down the “SRT” button on the mounted garage door panel. This way, the chances of anything going awry will be extremely slim.

Step 5: Keep both the buttons pressed

Keep both the buttons pressed

Once you have pressed both buttons and held them down for a few seconds, the indicator light on the garage door opener will start flashing. This might take anywhere between a few seconds and half-a-minute.

As the light starts flashing, let go of the buttons you have pressed. It’s an indication that your old Craftsman garage door opener has been programmed with your new remote control.

Step 6: Connect any additional remote controls

Connect any additional remote controls

Provided you have any additional remotes that you would like to use to control the garage door opener, repeat steps one through four. You need to follow the same steps even if you intend to reprogram your door opener with an old remote.


Q: What are the benefits of Craftsman garage door openers?

A: Following are the major benefits of the Craftsman garage door openers:


Imagine a scenario in which you have just returned from the grocery store. Would you prefer opening the garage door from the comfort of your car via remote control?

Of course, you would. Especially when the other option would be for you to leave your car, walk to the garage door, and manually open it. That’s how garage door openers add convenience to your life.


Make sure you get a garage door opener with rolling codes. These devices change their built-in password every time you press the remote button, meaning only you can access your garage.

Another great option that some garage door sensors provide is Vacation mode. Activating it will disable the remote and won’t let anyone open the door from outside, thereby keeping thieves and burglars at bay.


One great feature that most modern garage door openers come with is built-in lighting. They have small LEDs dotting the entire upper strip of the opener that would otherwise have lay vacant.

This type of lighting can be invaluable, especially if there’s no street lighting in front of your home. It will also come handy in bad weather or during the long winter nights.


One study has found that garage door openers pose a risk of death or severe brain injury to children. The danger is realized when children walk past malfunctioning openers and are crushed by them.

Even if you don’t have children at home, there is still the risk that the manual door will come crashing down or something or trap fingers. That’s why automatic garage door openers are essential for your safety as they are less likely to come crashing down.

Low energy consumption

In contrast to their counterparts from yesteryears, the modern garage door openers aren’t power hungry. The majority of them doesn’t need a lot of power to work.

You don’t need to believe in this claim on face value. Ask your friends who have been using these openers about how much energy they consume. Their answer would make it crystal clear to you that the garage door openers won’t weigh heavily on your electricity bills.


Provided you can afford to spend over the odds on a garage door opener, you might end up getting one that is compatible with your smartphone. These devices have apps that you can install in your gadget.

Apart from giving you the option of opening/closing the door, these apps sound an alarm whenever the door has been opened, thereby adding an extra layer of security. You can also use them to sound an alarm if you feel that some intruder is trying to enter your premises.

Peace of mind

There’s always that day in our lives when we worry as to whether we left the garage door open on our way to work. That whether the stress of deadlines made us forget closing the door while leaving home.

Garage door openers free you from all such worries. They let you have the peace of mind that even if you left home in a hurry in the morning, the garage door had automatically closed itself.

Q: Why is my Craftsman garage door not working?

A: Here are some of the reasons as to why you’re experiencing the issue:

  • Batteries are dead: The transmitters in Craftsman garage doors, as in those of other manufacturers, need batteries to send signals. If the batteries are dead, the transmitter will follow suit and your door opener may not work.
  • Photo-eye is out of alignment: Garage doors have two photo eyes, one on each side of the door. One of them sends the signals and the other receives them. Your garage door won’t function if any of them are out of alignment.
  • Door track isn’t correctly aligned: The track on which the door moves up and down needs to be aligned properly, or else, the door won’t move. The presence of bends in the rails, or gaps between the rail and the rollers, are signs that something is amiss with the door track.
  • Broken torsion springs: Do you know that the springs in your door openers can be used for a certain number of open/close cycles? If you continue to use the old springs even after the limit has passed, they’ll eventually break.
  • Tension cables or springs are broken: If your garage door closed with a loud bang last time it hit the ground, the chances are that its tension cables or springs are broken. As they are responsible for helping the door lower slowly and safely.
  • Disconnect switch is enabled: Every garage door comes with a disconnect switch that lets you manually close it in the event of power failure. Once you have used the switch, you’ll have to manually reattach it to the motor of your door and then close the door again. Otherwise, if you leave the disconnect switch untethered, the door opener won’t work.

Q: Why is my Craftsman garage door not closing all the way?

A: If the door fails to shut tight, one of the following three causes might be the culprit:

  • The close-limit switch needs re-adjusting
  • Safety sensors need realignment
  • Rollers are damaged or rusted


You might have guessed by now that programming your old Craftsman garage door opener takes more brains than brawn. There isn’t much physical effort involved in making sure that your opener works as seamlessly with the new remote as it did with the older one. All you have to do is to follow the abovementioned steps, and you can control your garage door opener with any compatible remote.

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