The vast majority of garage door openers both old and brand new are compatible with GarageMate. In fact, prior to the year 2011, all residential garage door openers were compatible with GarageMate. So if you know that your opener was made prior to 2011, you do not have to read any further and GarageMate will just work.
But after the year 2011, there were six companies that started locking out the competition and allowed only their own accessories to work with their openers. But they only did this with only some of their models, not all of them.
We have many customers that own a Sears-Craftsman garage door opener as the vast majority are compatible with GarageMate. There are only three newer Craftsman models that will not work and both were made after 2011: Model #54990 3/4 HP, Model #1D7675, and the 139.53985(DM). Other models work fine.
We have many customers that own a LiftMaster/Chamberlain garage door opener as the vast majority are compatible with GarageMate. But some models made after 2011 are not. Newer Liftmaster/Chamberlain models have the manufacturing date clearly printed on the garage door opener. If it is manufactured in 2011 or later (or if you are uncertain of the manufacture date), you can determine compatibility by the color of the "learn" button near the wiring terminals. If it is yellow it is NOT compatible. But if it is any other color (e.g., red, blue, purple, etc), it is compatible. Click here to see a photo.
We have many customers that own an Overhead Door garage door opener as the vast majority are compatible with GarageMate. However, if you have a newer Destiny 1200 or Odyssey 1000 and the serial number starts with the number 10 or higher, then it will not be compatible with aftermarket accessories including GarageMate. All other Overhead models including new ones will be compatible.
We have many customers that own a Genie garage door opener as the vast majority are compatible with GarageMate. The manufacture year of newer Genie models is indicated by the first two digits of the serial number. If it is 11, 12 or 13 that means it was manufactured in 2011, 2012, or 2013 respectively. For those years you will need to compare the appearance of your wall switch to the ones shown on our Genie page (click here). All other Genie model years are compatible.
We have many customers that own a Raynor garage door opener as the vast majority are compatible with GarageMate. We know of only three newer Raymor models that will not work: The Raynor Pilot III, Aviator II, and Corporal II. But the earlier versions of those models are compatible as are the other models.
Ryobi garage door openers already have their own App and are not compatible. But some Ryobi customers still like our App better and perform the compatibility work-around discussed at the bottom of this page.
It’s only the manufactures above that have a mix of new models that are compatible and not compatible. For all other brands, all of the models they produce are compatible.
If you have any doubts whether your garage door opener is compatible with GarageMate, perform the following test. Take the two wires that go to your wall switch and momentarily touch/short them together. If that causes your garage door to open and close, then your garage door opener supports a standard wall switch and is therefore compatible with GarageMate. This is because GarageMate works by "simulating" a push button switch similar to the one mounted on your wall that opens and closes the door.
Also be assured that after installing GarageMate all your existing traditional remotes, wall switch(es) and accessories will continue to work just as they did before.
Below is a partial list of the most common garage door brands in the USA, Canada, EU, and Australia. If you don’t see your make model, keep in mind GarageMate works as a remote control for the vast majority of garage door openers with a few exceptions mentioned above. You can always e-mail us with questions: email@example.com. Thanks for reading.
C.H.I. Overhead Doors
Door Link Manufacturing
SAFE-WAY Garage Doors
Windsor Republic Doors
Most customers do not need to read this section...
As mentioned, a few manufacturers started making garage door openers that would not work with anything other than their own brand of accessories after 2011. If your garage door opener is one of those models mentioned at the top of this page, then here are two things you can do to work-around the problem.
First note that GarageMate works by "simulating" a simple two terminal push-button switch (like a doorbell switch) that often can be used to open most garage doors.
So to work-around the compatibility issue, some determined and handy customers just solder GarageMate's wires across the internal tactile-switch of their wall console. Others take what is perhaps an easier approach and solder across the internal switch of the battery operated remote control. You'll likely have a spare remote control after purchasing GarageMate anyway.
There are disadvantages to both approaches. The disadvantage of performing this work-around with your wall console is that you can not hide the wires easily and there might not be an outlet nearby for GarageMate. The disadvantage of using your traditional remote control is that you then still have to occasionally purchase batteries. We are reluctant to recommend either approach, but some customers have done this and are happy with the results.
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