Here is a video you can watch, explaining how to effortlessly open your garage door from outside.
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Unexpected inconveniences need to be anticipated, like dealing with a power outage or the malfunctioning of the garage door motor where you need to open the garage door manually.
One thing you must avoid is breaking your own door trying to get your vehicle out.
Learning and understanding how to open your garage door manually are necessary.
Here are some steps that you need to follow when faced with this predicament for both when inside and outside:
How to Open The Garage Door From The Inside Manually
Unlock the door: you need to open the locks or latches if you have any outside your garage door and make sure they won’t interfere when manually opening the door.
Unplug the opener: even if there’s a power outage, you still need to disconnect the cord to the automatic door opener.
Find the emergency release cord: You can find this hanging from the center rail of the garage door track and has a red handle.
This red cord is attached to the trolley and serves as a connection for the arm of your garage door to the center track
Note: Only use the emergency release handle if the garage door is closed
Pull the cord: this cord will allow you to move the garage door manually by disconnecting the garage door from the trolley.
Lift the garage door: slowly pull the door upward until it stops moving.
Make sure someone or something holds it in place before letting go so that your car may go out of the garage.
Close the door: After you’ve made it outside, pull it down and close it again.
Here is a video on how to manually open your door from the inside.
How to manually open the garage door from the outside
Locate the emergency release kit: You need to find a small lock near the center top of your garage door. This lock keeps an emergency release cable.
Unlock the emergency release cord: to reveal the cable, you need to turn the key and pull out the lock tumbler.
Unlocking this cord will result in its releasing, which then turns into manual state.
Unlock the garage door: there is another lock found on the lower portion of the emergency release kit.
This lock keeps the door itself closed. You then unlock the door with the key and turn the handle to be vertical.
Lift the door: pull the garage door upward and make sure something or someone is holding it to stay open until your car gets inside the garage.
Close the door: after entering, pull the garage door downwards and close it entirely.
Safety Tips for Manually Opening Your Garage Door
Safety must be your priority when opening the garage door manually. These are one of the many things you need to look out for:
Unplug the automatic door opener: It is important to unplug any cords connected to electricity, including your garage door opener.
The sudden return of power may lead to accidents as it will try to open the door while disengaged, resulting in harder reconnection.
Know when to contact experts: When disengaging the trolley and you see that the garage door is difficult to move, then the spring might be causing the trouble.
You need to contact your nearest garage door experts to fix and replace the said springs.
Don’t pull the emergency release when the door is open: It is best to leave it if your garage door is open and you don’t know how to close it during a power outage.
Never use the emergency release, because this will result in the door crashing down with all its weight. Just wait until the power comes back before closing the door.
Don’t leave the open door unattended: If power is out and your overhead door is still open, then you better steer clear from it, especially the children.
If you left it disengaged from the automatic opener, then even a strong wind can forcefully shut it down.
How to Minimize Opening the Garage Door Manually
A power outage is an unknown variable; you never know when it will strike.
Thus knowing how to open your garage door manually is necessary.
But you can prevent this by installing an automatic garage door opener, with a backup battery feature of course.
Your garage door will still open with a backup battery feature even if there’s a power outage.
Not only this but also your keypad and safety sensors will still operate.
But if you can’t open your garage door after trying all the steps above, then it might be damaged.
That’s when you need to call for professional help.
Call for Professional Help
We have an in-house team of garage door repair technicians who will fix your garage door assembly.
We’ll make it our goal to give you a smooth, safe, and reliable garage door. Call us at (587) 804-2072.
Manually opening your garage door FAQ
Can you open a garage door manually?
Most modern garages should come with an emergency release kit, a system installed into your garage that allows you to manually open the door from the inside or outside.
Why can't I open my garage door manually?
This is mostly due to misalignment, damage or clogging of the garage door track – it can be a serious problem when attempting to open your garage door smoothly. Telltale signs of track issues are gaps between rollers and the rail, misshapen elements, a rubbing noise, or a stiff feel when opening. For more information feel free to contact us.
Are garage doors easy to break into?
If your garage door is not properly secured, it should be relatively easy for thieves to break into your home. Need help? contact us.
Can you manually open a garage door with a broken spring?
If your garage door has a broken spring and you must access the garage or open it for any reason, the best and safest thing to do (although not recommended) is to open it manually. Use Extreme Caution! Disengage the door from the opener, and carefully lift the door up. For more information watch the above videos or give us a call.
Notice: The advice in this article is purely for educational purposes directed at garage owners in need of assistance breaking into their own garage.