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How Can I Open My Garage Door When The Power is Out?

If you’re like most people, you probably store your car in the garage. Chances are you open and close your door several times a week as you come and go. So, what happens when the power goes out and your door won’t open? When this happens, there are a few things you can try.

Troubleshooting Your Door

Before you panic, you can rule out any garage door issues with some troubleshooting tips. Look around and make sure that nothing is blocking the door or the safety sensors. If anything is blocking the path of the door, it won’t open at all. Remove anything from the path and try opening the door again.

Check the Opener and Remote

The next thing is to check the batteries in your remote and check the wall switch as well. The opener runs on electrically circuits that connect to the wall switch. If there’s an issue with the connection, your door won’t open. Try replacing the batteries in your remote and see if this helps.

Look For Repair Needs

Take a look around at some major areas like the tracks and springs. If a roller fell off the tracks or you have a damaged spring, your door may not open. The springs keep the door in balance and won’t work properly if one breaks. A garage door professional can help you replace them.

Take a look at the safety sensors. Make sure they’re not bent and they have flashing lights. The lights may look red or green. A light tells you they’re working correctly.

Opening Your Door In A Power Outage

It’s stressful when the power goes out. When your car gets stuck in the garage and you need to get out, you can manually open the door with a few steps. After you’ve ruled out any other issues, try these steps to get your door open.

Place the Door In Manual Mode

Locate the emergency release cord. This is usually a red cord that hangs down from your ceiling. It connects to the door trolley. The trolley then connects to the door carriage. When the door opens and closes, it all moves together. Once you locate the red cord, you need to pull it toward the door and disconnect it from the carriage.

Now, you can easily move the door up and down by hand. The door is now in a manual mode so you can move your car in and out. When you’re ready, you can move the door pack to automatic mode.

Setting Automatic Mode

Once the power comes back on, make sure you slide your door into the connection position. The door should connect back with the trolley and carriage. You should hear a clicking sound to let you know the connection worked. Your emergency release cord is ready for the next time you need to manually move your door.  

Let Us Help You!

When your car gets stuck inside your garage, don’t stress. Follow these steps to get your door opened quickly. Your local garage door experts can also come out and help you with your door. Call us for service today.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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