Manually Open and Close Your Garage Door

Manually Open and Close Your Electric Garage Door

You really don’t realize how much you rely on something to work until it doesn’t. Many homeowners take their garage doors for granted in this same respect. You use your garage door in the morning and it works just fine and you expect it to work again when you come home from a long day at work. But what happens when it doesn’t want to open? This becomes a greater issue when you take into consideration that many homeowners rely on their garage doors to get into their houses altogether. At Pacific Experts Garage Doors, we see garage doors stop working all the time. While you should have your garage door opener inspected and repaired when this happens, sometimes you just need to get into your house first. Try these tips to manually open and close your garage door.

Open and Close Your Garage Door Manually From Outside Your Garage

Accessing the inside of your garage from the outside can be tricky. It’s very hard to do unless you are a trained professional who is an expert garage door technician. For safety reasons (and to not be mistaken for a burglar by your neighbors..) you should call a garage door repair company to manually open your garage door.

Open and Close Your Garage Door Manually From Inside Your Garage

Opening your garage door from the inside is a lot easier than attempting it from the outside. If you have access to your garage from the inside you can access the release cord and manually open and close your garage door.

First, locate the red bypass cord that is hanging from the trolley, directly in the center of your garage door opener.

Make sure that your garage is completely closed before releasing this cord as it will detach the door from the electrical garage door opener.

Once you have made sure that the garage door is clear and you are safe to detach the release cord, you may pull the red cord.

This will allow you to open and close your garage door manually from within.

Resetting the Garage Door Opener

Once you have access to your garage and you are able to have your garage door opener fixed, it’s time to reset the garage door opener. The process varies depending on the model of your garage door opener, but essentially you should be able to reconnect the trolley with your garage door.

  • Make sure that your garage door is completely closed (or completely open… this is where it varies on the model of your garage door opener).
  • Pull straight down on the red release cord towards the garage door. This will connect the trolley with the opener carriage. Once you hear a loud click, you will know that it is attached.
  • Press the button on your garage door opener to operate your garage door.

If your garage door opener is is the issue, call the experts at Pacific Experts Garage Doors to inspect, repair, or replace your garage door.