It can be extremely annoying to arrive home to a broken garage door. You should be able to manually open and close your garage door in the event of a dead battery in your remote or a power outage. You don't want your car to become stranded in the garage, unable to go while you wait for a technician to repair the problem. Today we’re going to look at how you can properly open your garage door while you’re waiting for it to be fixed, without any power needed.
Can you open your garage door without power?
For starters, double-check that all of the springs or cables are in good working order, as well as that the rest of the garage door system hasn't been damaged. If the garage door is already damaged, you may wind up causing further damage. A damaged wire or spring might injure you in addition to causing damage to the garage. If you discover any problems with your garage door, you should get it repaired or opened by a professional.
After you've made sure there aren't any issues that necessitate a more extensive repair, you'll need to locate the emergency cord. This wire generally has a red handle connected to it and hangs from the garage door mechanism's center. It's most likely the emergency cord if there's no red cable but a cord dangling from the middle of the garage door motor. It's likely that you'll need a ladder or stool to reach the cord.
Pull the cord until the lever locks down in a downward direction. It will enable the garage door opener's release lever to detach from the carriage. You can now move the garage door without using any electricity by releasing the lever.
Lift the garage door with the lever released. Bring the door all the way to the end, until it is fully open and can no longer be moved away from the entry. You don't want to close the door and have it collapse on your car or yourself, so double-check that it's all the way back.
If the garage door does not easily lift from the floor, you should get it inspected by a technician to determine if there is any damage that might pose a safety concern. A smooth opening indicates that the springs are properly balanced, and you can be assured that manually opening your garage door will not damage it.
You can drive your car in or out of the garage after the door is entirely open, depending on your needs. The door can then be closed in the same manner as it was opened.
Finally, before you leave you'll need to re-engage the lever to secure your garage. To do so, push the level higher using a long stick, such as the end of a broom handle. If you don't have a long stick, you could use a ladder to climb and press up. You can also guarantee the mechanism re-engages by tugging the cable towards the door motor in addition to these techniques. To activate the mechanism, pull the release cord until it clicks into place.
If your garage doors, champaign IL need repairing it’s always best to find a garage door technician as soon as possible to prevent any damage or injury.