An automatic garage door is extremely convenient, allowing you to open and close your door with a simple touch of a button. When it is not so convenient, however, is when you lose power. Since a power outage is not always easy to predict, it is important that you know how to open and close your garage door manually.
Manually Opening on the Inside
One feature you may have noticed on your garage door system, but haven’t given much thought to, is the rope with the, typically red handle. This rope hangs down from the garage door opener, commonly located in the middle of your garage. This is considered the manual release handle and when pulled, it will disconnect the trolley from the track allowing the garage door to be opened and closed manually.
A Word of Warning
Since pulling the rope will release the trolley from the track, if the garage door is open, there is a chance it will come crashing down. While it is best for you to only use the manual pull while the garage door is down, it is not always an option.
One way to prevent the door from falling all the way to the ground is by using 2×4’s. Prop these up by the tracks to catch the door as it falls, and then guide the door down the rest of the way. Most importantly, ensure that the area is clear and no one is in the path of the door before using the manual release.
A Long Power Outage
If you know that the power may be out for several hours, or even days, you may want to keep your garage door in manual mode. While not as convenient as an automatic door, this will allow you to open and close your garage door without fear of the door reattaching to the track. To lock the door in the manual position, simply pull the cord down and toward the back of the garage.
Manually Opening from the Outside
If you find yourself coming home during a power outage and need to access your garage, there is a way to manually open it from the outside. To do so, however, requires detailed knowledge of your garage door and how it works.
To manually access your garage door from the outside, you will first need a shim to insert in the weatherstripping at the top of the garage. Next, slide a device, like a metal hanger, in through the top to flip the lever and release the trolley from the track. Once you’ve done this, you should be able to use your garage door manually.
Call Our Team for Help!
Once power is restored reattach your garage door by pulling the manual release knob down and toward the door, then pulling up on the door until you feel it click into place. Afterward, give our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call to check over your door and make sure everything is in great working condition. We can also install a garage door opener with a battery back-up, so you are never faced with this situation again.