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

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During extreme weather events such as snow storms, hurricanes, flooding, and other destructive natural events, your power grid could be at risk. The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair knows that an outage in your community can mean danger for you and your loved ones.

With that in mind, here are some steps that you can take to open your garage door manually if your home is without power.

A Simple Six Step Process

1. Make Sure it Is Fully Closed

Please make sure that your garage door is completely closed. Once certain the garage door is fully closed, disconnect the garage door opener.

2. Pull The Emergency Cord

Disconnect the garage door from the garage door opener by pulling the emergency cord. The emergency cord is typically red in color and hanging from the center rail of the garage door mechanism.

3. Lift it Up

Lift the garage door straight up from the bottom. Ensure that you fully open the garage door and make sure it will remain fully open if left unattended. If your garage door springs are balanced, you should be able to lift it.

Use the handles to open the door. If the garage door is difficult to lift, please contact a garage door service technician to check the door immediately. Don’t force it or it can cause more damage to the door. 

4. Lower The Door

When you are ready to close the garage door, lower the door manually until it reaches the ground.

5. Lock The Door Manually

Manually lock the door. When the automatic garage door opener is disconnected, the door will not be securely shut until the lock bar is manually slid into place.

6. Unlock The Door Manually

When the power outage ends, unlock the garage door, then reconnect the automatic garage door opener. Reconnecting the garage door opener with the lock bar in place can lead to major damage.


The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair hopes this information helps keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an emergency. For a more expedient and convenient option to open your garage door during an outage, consider a garage door with a backup battery feature. With a backup battery, even if you experience a power outage, the garage door opener, the safety sensors, and the entry keypad will continue to function. Additionally, the garage door will remain locked and secure.

Call Today For an Opener With a Backup Battery

The different makes and models of garage doors each have different backup batteries to go with them. A LiftMaster garage door opener, for example, will only work with a LiftMaster garage door opener backup battery.

Our knowledgeable staff and technicians will be able to help you find the correct backup battery for your garage door. Backup batteries can be literal lifesavers during an emergency situation. Call us today to learn more about having a backup battery, how it is used during a power outage, how long one might last, and how to recharge them after use.

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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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