How to open a garage door if there is a power outage?
What’s good about a garage door mechanism that has an electrical opener is that it allows you to operate the door without having to manually lift it straight up or pull it down every now and then.
But what if a strong storm or wind suddenly disrupts your neighborhood’s power supply and you badly need to take your car out? Do you know what to do in case the power goes out and your car is locked up inside your garage?
Knowing how to respond to garage door emergencies is an essential skill that every homeowner must be equipped with.
In this article we will discuss each of the essential steps and tips that you can do in case you need to open your garage door manually.
Make sure that the garage door is fully closed
Before you proceed with any troubleshooting, see to it that your garage door is completely closed.
Especially when the spring is broken or not properly aligned, trying to disconnect the door opener from your garage door can cause the entire weight of the door to forcefully shut down, which may cause serious damage both to yourself and your garage.
Pull the emergency cord
Once you have secured your garage door, pull the door opener’s emergency release cord to disengage the garage door from the garage door opener, allowing the door to operate manually.
This release cord is a red rope that hangs from the center rail of the garage door trolley and should be located near the front door when the garage door is closed.
Manually open the garage door by lifting it straight up
After pulling the emergency release cord, it should be easy to lift the garage door straight up.
However, if you find this step quite difficult due to extreme weight, it means that the spring which is responsible for the manual operation of the garage door is malfunctioning.
Either it’s broken or it has already reached its maximum years of usability which typically happen between 5 and 7 years.
If this is the case for you, it is highly recommended that you immediately call a professional garage door repair service provider to attend to your malfunctioning spring and avoid forcefully opening your garage door as it may lead to extremely serious bodily damage.
Close the garage door completely and re-engage the trolley
Once you have successfully opened the garage door, take your car out of the garage and pull it down until it reaches the floor.
Then, reconnect the trolley to the opener carriage.
You would easily know if you have properly reconnected the mechanism if you hear a click sound.
Additionally, the garage door should also be working seamlessly with the engine trolley when you try to lift it.
Meanwhile, if your garage door is equipped with a side lock, you may opt to use this to lock the garage door temporarily instead of reconnecting the trolley.
Useful tips in during garage door emergencies
- Manually opening a garage door when there is a power outage can be avoidable.
You just have to invest in an automatic garage door that is equipped with a battery backup system so even when the power goes out, your door opener still has a backup energy source that will allow it to operate as usual.
- Before attempting to manually open your garage door, make sure that you unplug the automatic door opener first.
This safety procedure is important not only to keep you away from any serious harm but also to prevent the entire garage door mechanism from being furtherly damaged.
- If you cannot conveniently lift up the garage door despite pulling on the emergency release cord, immediately contact a garage door repair service provider instead of forcefully doing it yourself as it could be a dangerous work that only professionals are suggested to attend to.
- Do not use the release cord when the garage door is open or it may come slamming down causing some serious damages.
- If you are using the side lock to temporarily close your garage door, make sure that you disable it when the power comes back and before you reattach the trolley to the carriage.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
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