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Where is The Garage Door Lock?

I used to live in an apartment with a single garage door that did not have an automatic opener. Shortly after we moved in my significant other called and asked me to open the door. I did and my partner was able to drive right into our garage. Which was fine until they made a joke about enjoying their new automatic garage door opener. 

Securing Your Garage Door

If you are asking yourself what that story has to do with helping you figure out where your garage door lock is, I can answer that. When you have a garage door that you manually operate yourself, you know that your lock is on or near the handle. You have to use your key to get in from the outside and turn a lock from the inside. 

Your manually operated garage door is like any other door to your home. Locating a lock on your automatic garage door can seem a little more complicated. 

That is because your automatic garage door has what is called a J-arm lock located on the trolley. The arm ‘locks’ into place whenever your automatic garage door is closed so that the door can not be opened by just anyone walking by. Your remote is essentially your key to that lock. 

Most automatic garage door openers use something called rolling code technology. Unlike early models of garage door openers, a new code is issued to your remote every time you use it making it difficult for someone to steal your code and open your garage door. This means when your garage door is closed it is ‘locked’ to anyone who does not have a remote to open it. 

Locking Your System From the Panel 

So if your automatic garage door does not have a typical lock, why does the wall panel have a button for locking the system? The lock on your panel is not for a physical lock on your garage door. It locks the remotes so that they can not be used. 

This feature is helpful for added security to your system if you are traveling. If you are having trouble figuring out which button will lock your remotes, you should check with the manufacturer. If your remotes suddenly stop working, you may have accidentally locked your system. 

Other Locking Options

There are options for adding manual locks to your garage door. One concern associated with adding a manual lock to an automatic system is the damage that can be caused if you try to operate the opener while the manual lock is in place. In this case, locking the remotes is important to avoid someone accidentally trying to open the door and breaking the garage door system in the process. 

You can choose to install a deadbolt or side door bolt on the inside of your garage. Another option T-bar style lock. All of these options can add security to your garage door. 

We Can Help Secure Your System

If you are concerned about the amount of security your garage door has, give us a call. The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair would be happy to answer all your questions and help you find options for your situation. We look forward to hearing from you. 


You Can Trust Us for the Job

positive reviews

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.

positive reviews

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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