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How to Operate Your Garage Door With No Power

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Losing your electricity is never a good time. Whether it's caused by a weather-related incident, construction close by, or there's another reason behind the sudden loss of power in your home, being in the dark may be the least of your worries.

Along with total darkness, a fridge that's not chilling, and WiFi that doesn't work, your garage door is also stuck. In a perfect world, your car is already outside and the fact that your automatic garage door no longer works won't matter. But life isn't always perfect.

What should you do if the power goes out and you need to use your automatic garage door? Take a look at the simple steps to follow in the event of an electricity outage.

Move Everything

If you don't have to use the garage door, leave it be. It's possible that the power will come on shortly and you won't need to worry about attempting to manually open the door. But if you need to get your car out (or in) right away or the reason for the electricity outage is a long-term issue, start by moving everything that's near the door.

The most obvious thing that's near your door is the car. But don't attempt to move your vehicle while it's in the garage - especially when the door is closed. This can quickly create an extremely dangerous situation where toxic gases are flooding the interior of your home. Forget about the car for right now and concentrate on storage boxes, lawn equipment, and anything else that is blocking or could potential fall under the door.

When you start to manually move the door, it has the potential to drop down and fall. You don't want your child's prized bike or your expensive lawn mower under its path.

Open Manually

Find the garage door release cord. It's most likely red and has a little handle at the bottom of it. Pull the cord towards the back (towards the opener's mechanism) to release the door from the automatic opener. Keep in mind, this is only the first step. Don't expect your door to magically open on its own.

Most doors have a handle on the inside, near the bottom. Using the handle, pull the door all the way up. Make sure that the door is completely up before letting go. If the door is only partially raised, it can easily crash back down to the ground. Never allow people or animals to stand under the door as you manually raise or lower it. Avoid accidents by keeping a close watch on the door when it's in the lifted position.

If the door won't stay open, starts slipping, or you have any other closing concern, do not move your car out. Yes, you may need to wait for the power to come back on to get your car. But this is the trade-off you make for keeping you and your car safe.

The amount of muscle you'll use to lift the door depends on what the door is made from. Some doors are light and easy to lift. Along with the weight of the door, having properly balanced springs can help you to raise it with minimal effort.

Close Manually

After moving your car out, it's time to close the door. Without a working opener, you'll have to manually pull the door down. Gently lower the door. Never drop or let go of it as you're closing the door. This can cause serious damage.

The door won't automatically lock like it does when you use the opener. You'll need to slide the lock bar to keep your home secure.

Reconnect the Opener

When your power comes back on, you will need to reconnect your garage door to the automatic opener, or the garage won't open on its own again.

First, you need to unlock the door before attempting to use the opener after the power is restored. Then pull down on the red handle again. To complete the reconnection process, press the opener's button. The door should re-engage with the automatic opener's mechanism.

Is your garage door acting up? Contact R & S Erection Of Richmond for more information.