How to Open a Garage Door Manually

Most people own automatic garage doors that open and close with a push of a button, which offers a high level of convenience and efficiency. At some point in time, you may need to open the garage door manually if the power is out or the door is malfunctioning. Here are a few tips to follow to open the garage door while avoiding injuries or accidents during the process.

Pull the Cord

You’ll need to pull the cord that is attached to the garage door opener and is a bright red color shade, which makes it easy to identify. The trolley will release from where the attachment is located on the rail. When pulling the cord down, pull it towards the back to prevent the rope from getting stuck on the tracks. Consider using a ladder to make it easier to reach the cord. Have someone spot you as you pull the cord to keep the ladder secure and avoid falling.

Use Multiple People

Garage doors are known to be heavy, which can make it challenging for someone to lift the door on their own without the help of other people. Make it a point to find an additional person to lift the other side of the garage to prevent it from crashing back down due to a lack of strength. Lift with your legs to avoid placing excess strain or pressure on your back. If the door is stuck and won’t open manually contact a technician to perform repairs. Garage doors that fail to open automatically may even be a sign that you need a new garage door.

Reconnect the Trolley

You’ll now need to reconnect the trolley to the opener carriage manually by putting the emergency cord spring lever in the correct position. Slide the door on its track to reengage the attachment. Using your garage door remote can also reconnect the trolley automatically.