2022 Changes to Chamberlain & LiftMaster Garage Door Openers

The Chamberlain Group, which manufacturers Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door openers, is introducing changes to their lineup due to a “preliminary finding that Chamberlain Group products infringe certain patents of Overhead Door”. Overhead Door company owns the Genie brand of garage door openers, which is why they look so familiar.

These changes are in response to an Initial Determination (ID) from an Administrative Law Judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). I’m sure there is a lot more to come from this lawsuit, and this article will most likely need to be updated. In the meantime, let’s go over what’s changing in 2022 for Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door openers.

All screenshots and images in this article were taken from and are credited to the LiftMaster Product Updates Slide Deck that is provided online to help customers and dealers through the transition. While most references are to LiftMaster, a representative with the Chamberlain Group confirmed with me on a phone call that all changes are being made to Chamberlain garage door openers as well.

Lights Will No Longer Blink Ten Times When Sensors are Obstructed

Light bulb on garage door opener will no longer flash ten times.
Light bulb on garage door opener will no longer flash ten times.

As garage door technicians, this was by far one of our favorite features. For as long as I can remember, Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door openers would blink the light bulb ten times if the safety sensors were misaligned, obstructed, or a wire was broken. The unit would also make an audible clicking sound from the motor head, which was most likely a relay inside the unit.

Up and down arrows will flash to let you know what issue you are having.
Up and down arrows will flash to let you know what issue you are having.

With this new update, the light bulb will no longer flash. To diagnose a safety sensor issue on your garage door opener, you will need to refer to the buttons shaped as arrows on the back of the circuit board. The number of times the arrows flash will determine what issue you are encountering.

The chart above provides the diagnostic codes with explanations. For instance, if you see the up arrow blink once and the down arrow blink once, then the safety sensors are not installed, connected, or wires may be cut. All of these codes are specific to safety sensor issues and provide very detailed diagnostics for anyone having issues closing their garage door due to sensor related issues.

We have written a more extensive article as to why your garage door won’t close if you have landed on this article and are having those issues.

Lights Will No Longer Come on When Sensor Beam is Broken

This was always a fan favorite among many homeowners, and they were loyal to Chamberlain and LiftMaster openers because they preferred not to lose the feature. What this refers to is the light bulb coming on when the garage door was in the up position and someone would walk through the safety sensor beam. It was a way of activating the light quickly without having to walk over to the wall button. For the time being, this feature is going away. Whether it comes back, only time will tell.

Force and Travel Set Up Now Features Step Saver

This change is pretty simple. Previously, when setting the travel and force limits, you would have to press the up and down arrow to tell the garage door opener to learn the force setting for the garage door. Now, it goes into the force setting automatically after the travel limits are set. The video above has been provided by LiftMaster to demonstrate the new travel and force set up process.

Moving From TriBand to Single Frequency Remotes

Chamberlain and LiftMaster remotes will now move to a single frequency remote with Alternate Frequency Mode. The previous TriBand Radio System used 310 MHz, 315 MHZ, and 390 MHz. The new remotes included in the box will default to Security 2.0 315 MHz and allow you to switch to 390 MHz in the event you are having interference issues.

Accessories with Single and Alternate Frequency Modes

Accessories with an “MC” on the product label near the model number will allow you to switch from 315 MHz to 390 MHz because of the now incorporated Alternate Frequency Mode.

Accessories must have “MC” on the product for the ability to switch frequencies.

Openers with Single and Alternate Frequency Modes

Garage door openers compatible with Alternate Frequency Mode will have an “MC” on the product label near the model number. You can reset the frequency of a garage door opener by following the steps in the image above, provided by LiftMaster. After, your garage door opener will function on single frequency 390 MHz Security+ 2.0.

Tips for Avoiding Interference

In the image above, LiftMaster has provided some tips for avoiding remote interference with your garage door opener. The LED light bulb issue is probably the one we come across the most. We have written a more extensive article that goes into greater detail about garage door remote interference issues.

Remotes Have Been Tested

The screenshot above shows results The Chamberlain Group has listed for their remote controls that have been updated to single frequency. We can only hope the results are that good because their previous remotes had excellent range.

Minimal Impact to MyQ Accessories

Except for a 2-3 minute over the air update, the changes to MyQ accessories are mostly with documentation and the “MC” designation added to the SKU. The user experience should be the same familiar interface you have come to enjoy using daily. I know we do.

How Do You Know You Have an Updated Product?

All Chamberlain and LiftMaster product cartons will have an “MC” noted after the SKU number. The model number has not changed, but the UPC codes will be new. The image above shows where the “MC” designation will be on the box.

The products themselves will also have the designation “MC” noted after the model number on the unit. This is an easy way to tell if you have one of the newer products installed in your home.

Serviceability is the Same

All updates are backwards and forwards compatible. All “MC” remotes will work with all Security+ 2.0 garage door openers, and all updated logic boards are backwards compatible to the previous generation. There are no changes to warranties as a result of these changes.

Conclusion

The Chamberlain Group has gone to great extent to provide slide decks, videos, FAQ pages, and product bulletins on their 2022 Product Changes Page. They have also provided an extensive Product Update FAQ Page that answers every question related to these changes. The information in this article can be summed up in the LiftMaster Product Updates Slide Deck. If you need further clarification, you can call customer service at 1-800-323-2276.

All screenshots and images in this article were taken from and are credited to the LiftMaster Product Updates Slide Deck that is provided online to help customers and dealers through the transition. While most references are to LiftMaster, a representative with the Chamberlain Group confirmed with me on a phone call that all changes are being made to Chamberlain garage door openers as well.

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