Have you ever wondered how you’ll get into the garage if the power goes out? An automatic garage door gives a perfect balance of protection and convenience to your home, but what happens if it fails? The manufacturers anticipate all kinds of contingencies when it comes to your garage doors. Failing to open because there’s no power is at the top of that list. This is where the emergency release cord comes into play. This cord allows you to open and close your garage door manually when there’s no power, or there’s another issue preventing the door from being opened.
Where is the garage door release located?
On the inside of the garage door trolley, you should see a red cord attached. That’s what you’re going to need to pull to get the door open. Here’s how you use it:
1. With the red cord, pull the release lever locks. This will safely detach the opener from the garage door, allowing you to open it smoothly. The cord will either need to be pulled straight down or at a slight angle away from the door to activate. When locking it into place, make sure you pull with enough force since it’s a spring-loaded lever.
2. Depending on how heavy the door is, you might need a little extra help to open it, so ask a family member or friend to help lift it. With both hands, lift the garage door. If there’s some resistance, don’t force it, because you can damage the door or even yourself. Check to make sure you’ve correctly detached the lever or call for some help.
3. Once you have the door open, hold onto it until you’ve made sure it’s secure. While the springs should hold it open if one of them is damaged, that’s not going to be the case. If you need to, prop it open or have a couple of people hold it open until you can get your car in or out.
How do I re-engage the door opener so I can use it?
If you use the emergency door release cord, you won’t be able to use the automatic part of the door until you’ve re-engaged the door opener. Here’s how you do that:
1. Make sure the door is closed to reset the opener. If it’s open, your garage door could possibly produce hazards such as crashing closed, damage, or injury to anyone in the way.
2. Use the garage door remote to open and close the door. The mechanisms may be able to reattach themselves automatically.
3. If that doesn’t work and the power is still out, manually slide the door along the track until you hear a click.
4. Don’t mess with the door too much as it’s trying to reattach itself. The biggest thing is to listen for that click. What you can do is help pull on the cord to help the opener reattach if it’s not quite getting to the trolley.
5. Test out the door with the garage door opener to make sure everything works. If you’re still having issues when the power is back on, it’s time to give us a call.