How to open your garage door manually

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If you are like most homeowners, you use an automatic garage door opener on a regular basis to open and close your door. This is especially useful when you use your garage daily to keep your car protected and out of the open. However, there are some times when you may not be able to use your opener, or perhaps your battery is dead and you still need to get in the door—in these cases it is important that you understand how to get into your garage door manually. These tips can help make that process much easier.

If you are like most homeowners, you use an automatic garage door opener on a regular basis to open and close your door. This is especially useful when you use your garage daily to keep your car protected and out of the open. However, there are some times when you may not be able to use your opener, or perhaps your battery is dead and you still need to get in the door—in these cases it is important that you understand how to get into your garage door manually. These tips can help make that process much easier.

  • Before the door will open, you will likely have to pull a cord or chain the “unlock” the door and allow for manual opening. This is normally a red colored cord, but your garage door handbook should have a diagram.
  • After you have the door loose where it can be moved freely, you will lift it with both hands. Make sure you can fully support the door before lifting it very high.
  • The door SHOULD remain up after you get it pushed 3 to 4 feet high. However, don’t trust that it will stay open. Use something sturdy to prop it open or have someone hold it open while you drive in or out of the door.
  • After you are done with having it open, close it the same way you opened it and use the cord to lock it back into place again.

If you are experiencing any ongoing problems with your garage door opener, perhaps it is time to speak to an expert about the problem. Call or contact us at Garage Door Cowboys and let us look at the problem. No matter what the underlying issue, we will fix or replace your system and get your opener working as it should.