Those with automatic garage doors can tell you how convenient and easy they are. They will likely never go back to a manual garage door. There is no better feeling than a simple click of a button to be inside your garage away from the elements. But things can go awry when a storm comes and knocks out your power.
Power outages can leave your garage door incapacitated, and you stuck out in the cold and wet weather. On the flip side, when you’re inside the garage with no power and you need to get out, it’s crucial to understand how to open a garage door manually.
Trip the Trigger
Most garage door openers have a bypass switch for situations such as the power or motor goes out, or remote opener dies or gets lost. Look for a rope with a handle on the end, usually red, this is the release handle that disengages the trolley from the attachment
point on the rail. Once you pull on this rope, the garage door will be in manual mode. You will be able to open and close your door but be careful because the door will not stay open, it will come crashing down.
To be safe, always pull on the handle when the garage door is closed. When you want to open the door in manual mode continually, it’s important to pull the rope down and towards the back of the garage (or the motor). This will prevent the rope from getting caught on the tracks.
Reconnecting the Garage Door
The door must be in the closed position to reconnect the opener. Some garage door openers’ do not automatically connect back after put in the manual position. These openers require you to pull the emergency release cord toward the garage door to reconnect the arm to the trolley. Watch as the bracket slips back into the chain bracket, locking the door into the powered carriage. Test the door with the remote to see if it worked.
Void Having to Open a Garage Door Manually when the Power is Out
One way to avoid the inconvenience of manually opening your garage door when the power is out is to invest in an automatic garage door opener that includes a battery backup feature. That way, when the power goes out, the garage door will still function using the opener, as will the entry keypad and the safety sensors, and the garage door will be locked and secured. Check out our premium garage door openers that will save you from having to open your garage door manually.
If the garage door is difficult to open or has damage, have one of our professional garage door service technicians check the door as soon as possible to avoid further damage or safety risks.
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