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How do I Reset The Emergency Release Cord on My Garage Door?

Have you ever needed to manually open or close your door? Sometimes your door has a mind of its own and closes when you don’t want it to. There are also times when your power goes out and you need to leave the house immediately. The emergency release cord can help you when you need to manually operate your door.

What Exactly Is the Emergency Release Cord?

If you’ve been in your garage for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed the red cord that hangs from the ceiling. This cord is the emergency release cord. It’s an important safety feature disengages the opener unit from the door.

The cord is really there in case of an emergency. If you lose power or the opener won’t work for some reason, you’ll need to pull the cord down to get the door working. However, after you’re finished using it, you need to reset the cord so you use can automatically open the door next time.

Resetting the Emergency Release Cord

Resetting the cord is not very hard to do. You can follow these steps to reset the emergency release cord after you disengage it.

Close the Garage Door

Before you reset the cord, make sure the door is completely down. If the door is open, you can cause damage to the springs or other parts of the door. If for some reason the door won’t close, call your local experts right away. They’ll come to you and troubleshoot the issue for you. Forcing the door can cause problems to your system.

Pulling the Cord

Garage door openers connect to a trolley which lets the door open and close. There’s another part that connects on the trolley called the opener carriage. This part lets the door slide along the track. When you pull the cord, the trolley will disconnect from the carriage part and you can manually close door. Make sure the door is still down to prevent any injuries.

Pulling the Release Cord Again

Find the trolley and the spring lever it connects to. Make sure the lever is in the connected position. To make this happen, pull the cord away from the opener motor and back toward the door.

Check the Trolley Connection

Now you need to connect the trolley back to the opener. There are a couple ways you can do this.

  • Manually connect – carefully side the door along the tracks until it attaches back to the opener and connects.
  • Use your remote – You can do this after you connect the emergency cord. Just hit your remote button to automatically connect the opener carriage and the trolley.

Your emergency release cord is now ready for the next time you need to manually operate your door.

If you have trouble resetting the cord or the door won’t automatically work, call your local garage door company right away. Sometimes there’s an issue with another part of your door. Your local experts will help you troubleshoot any problems.

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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!
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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.
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