Can You Open a Garage Door Without Power?

garage door power outage due to storm

If you are wondering if you can open an automatic garage door without power, then we can help you out. Yes, you can certainly open your garage door without power. Keep reading to find out what to do to in a power outage. We will provide you with the information required to manually open your automatic garage door without power or if your garage door is malfunctioning.

How to Manually Open Your Garage Door

If have lost power, you can still open your garage door manually. To open your garage door manually, you must find the release cord, also known as the emergency cord, for your garage door. This is commonly located above near the center of your garage by your garage door opener. The release cord usually has a red handle to pull.

Once you have located the release cord, pull the cord until it come slight down out of the track. This is releasing the garage door from the automatic garage door opener and will allow you to manually open or close your garage door with no power.

Next, it’s time to lift open your garage door. Being careful to not let the garage door close down on you or your fingers while lifting up. You will want to make the garage door is fully lifted in place before letting go to prevent an injury. Garage doors are extremely heavy and cause major damage to anything in its path. Once your garage door is locked in place in the open position, you can freely go in and out from the garage door again.

When it’s time to close your garage door, simply start to lower your garage door, again being extra careful as to not get your finger smashed between the garage door panels. Once your power comes back on, don’t forget to lift the release cord up back to the lock position on the garage door opener.

Newer Garage door Openers have a battery backup so your garage door will open even when the power is out. Contact A1 Affordable Garage door Services today to get one installed. Serving the Plano and the surrounding areas like Princeton, Murphy, Prosper and more. Visit our garage door service area page to learn more.

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