The Ultimate Guide to Opening a Garage Door with No Power

Posted on May 27, 2021 By Concord Garage Doors 
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We all know the feeling. You wake up one day, go downstairs to get in your car, and find that you can't open the garage door because there is no power. This guide will explain how to get your garage door open without power using a few different methods.

Open Door Manually From Inside The Garage

We all know the feeling. You wake up one day, go downstairs to get in your car, and find that you can't open the garage door because there is no power. This guide will explain how to get your garage door open without power using a few different methods.

1. Unlock

The first thing you need to do is unlock the garage door. You can open it using your house keys, or if something is blocking its path, you'll have to remove those obstructions and

2. Locate Emergency Release Cord

The next thing you need to do is find the emergency release cord. Locate the red handle hanging from the center rail of your garage. The range of motion on your garage door is limited by the trolley connected to the arm with this center track. Use the red cord emergency release only when your garage door is closed, and avoid pulling it directly down.

3. Pull The Emergency Release Cord

After we locate the emergency release cord, we need to pull it down-- gently. This will detach your garage door from the trolley and allow you to open it up without power manually.

4. Lift The Door Up

Once we pull the emergency release cord, we need to take hold of the garage door and lift it. To avoid injury to your fingers, use one hand on each side of the door as you slowly pull straight up on the door until it stops moving. Before you back your car out, pull down on the garage door a few inches to ensure it stays in place.

5. Close The Door

Be sure to close the door by hand when you leave - and be sure it has a lock bar, which will automatically slide shut.

Open Door Manually From Outside

Suppose, for some reason; you can't access your garage door from the inside (perhaps because of an electrical power outage or some other type of emergency). In that case, you can manually open it up without power by following these steps:

1. Find garage door Emergency Release Cable

There is a small lock at the top of your garage door, and it can only be opened when paired with the corresponding key.

2. Unlock The Emergency Cable

Access the emergency release cable by removing a lock tumbler. Pulling this cable triggers the release of a mechanism that locks your door into manual mode.

3. Unlock the door

Below the emergency release cable is a lock that keeps the door closed. With your key, unlock and turn this handle to make it vertical.

4. Lift The Door

With your hands, pull the garage door up and remember to keep it open before driving your car in.

5. Close the door

As you drive your car into the garage, make sure to close the door behind it.

Safety Tips for Opening Your Garage Door Manually

Anytime you open your garage by hand, you want to make sure you're following a few essential safety tips:

Disconnect The Opener

If the power returns while the opener is disengaged, there could be a risk of difficulty reconnecting it because the motor will continueing to open when you try to start it again.

Call Professional When Needed

It might be due to disengaged or broken springs if it is difficult to open the garage door. These springs can be dangerous to manipulate without professional help.

Pull Emergency Release Only When The Door Closed

Emergency releases on garage doors should never be engaged if the door is already open. Doing so can cause a misbalance in weight and result in disaster. It is better to wait for the power to come back on or ask for help from a professional before closing the door.

Never Leave an Open Door Unattended

If the power has gone out, a garage door that isn't on an automatic opener can slam shut at any moment. Parents should make sure their children stay away from it and avoid getting caught in the path of the door when they open it.

Make Sure You Lock Your Manual Lock

It is essential to manually lock the garage door when there is a power outage because intruders can easily access the house without an automatic lock. To keep intruders from entering into the residence in this situation, slide the manual lock button and keep it there.

Conclusion

We’ve covered the basics of how to open a garage door without power, but if you are uncertain about any aspect or need more information on safety tips for opening your garage door manually, please feel free to contact us. Our team would be happy to help!

Call Concord Garage Doors at 704-438-9600 for professional service and expertise in all things related to garage doors. Whether it is new installation or repairs that need attention, we have got you covered.