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.