How to Open Your Garage Door Manually in Case of an Emergency

Do you know how to open your garage door manually in case of an emergency? Knowing how to open your garage door manually can be a lifesaver if the power goes out, or if your garage door opener stops working.

It is an easy process that only requires locating the manual release handle or cord near the bottom of the door on the inside. In this blog post, we will explain how to open your garage door manually so you are prepared for any emergency.

Locate the manual release handle or cord

The manual release handle or cord is typically located near the bottom of the garage door on the inside. It is usually a red cord or handle that hangs down from the track. This is the manual release handle or cord you will use to open the door manually in case of an emergency.

To locate it, look for the red cord or handle near the bottom of the door on the inside. If you cannot find it, check your owner’s manual for specific instructions. Once you have located the manual release handle or cord, you will be ready to open your garage door manually.

Pull the cord or handle

Once you have located the manual release handle or cord, you can pull it to  open the garage door manually. It is important to pull the cord or handle slowly and carefully to ensure that it is fully released from the opener. If you pull too hard or quickly, you could end up damaging the opener. Once the cord or handle is pulled, the door should be able to be opened manually.

If your garage door does not open when you pull the cord or handle, try pulling it again with a bit more force. Sometimes, it takes a bit of effort to pull the cord or handle enough to disengage the opener. If this still doesn’t work, then it is likely that there is a problem with the spring tension.

If the door doesn’t open, try pulling harder

If the door does not open when you pull the manual release handle or cord, it may be because the spring tension is too high. Try pulling the handle or cord harder, and if it still does not open, then you should check the spring tension.

If the tension is too high, then you should call a professional to come and adjust the spring tension for you. This is important because the springs can be very dangerous and if they are not adjusted correctly, it can lead to serious injury.

If the door still doesn’t open, check the spring tension

It is possible that the tension of the springs on the door may be too high and prevent it from opening. To check the tension, look for a spring attached to each side of the door. If the springs are too tight, you may need to adjust the tension or call a professional for help.

To adjust the tension, you’ll need to loosen the screws on the brackets that hold the springs in place. Loosen both screws about a quarter of a turn at a time until the door is able to open. Once you’ve adjusted the tension, try to open the door again. If it still doesn’t open, then you may need to contact a professional for help.

Adjusting the spring tension can be dangerous, so it’s best to have a professional handle it if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. A professional can also make sure that your garage door is functioning properly and give you advice on how to maintain it properly.

If the spring tension is too high, call a professional

In some cases, the spring tension can be too high for you to manually open the garage door, even if you’ve pulled the manual release handle or cord. If this is the case, it is important to contact a professional who can safely and properly adjust the spring tension to a safe level.

It is not recommended to try and adjust the spring tension yourself, as this can be dangerous and lead to further damage of your garage door. Professionals will have the right tools and knowledge to make sure the spring tension is adjusted properly and safely.

If you are unsure if your spring tension is too high, it is best to consult a professional before attempting to open your garage door manually. If left unadjusted, high spring tension can cause serious injury and property damage.