How to Open Your Garage Door During A Power Outage
Automated garage door openers are one of the great conveniences of modern life. They move a fairly heavy door out of your way with the press of a button, allowing you to get in and out of your garage without ever leaving your car. They can pose a problem, though, when the power goes out.
If you want to operate your door when there’s no power, just follow the steps below.
Activate the Bypass Trigger
Garage door opener manufacturers know that issues will happen, so virtually every opener has some kind of bypass trigger installed. In most openers, this trigger will be accessed through a rope and handle system hanging from the opener itself.
It’s important to remember that you should only trip the bypass when the door is closed – tripping the bypass sends the opener into manual mode and can cause your garage door to come crashing down to the ground. If you want to avoid damaging your door – and yourself – you’ll be careful during this part of the process.
Watch the Rope
It’s usually a good idea to keep the rope out of the way when operating in manual mode. Not only can the rope get stuck in the tracks if you are not careful, but it’s often possible to damage the entire opener if you aren’t careful. Try to keep the rope towards the back of the unit, out of the way of regular operation. If you think that the power will be off for some time, it’s not a bad idea to duct tape the handle in place.
It’s easy to forget just how heavy a garage door can be, especially when you are used to the convenience of an automated door. Make sure to lift with your legs carefully, and to always bring the door back down to the ground slowly. It’s easier than you think to damage both the door and your body, so be careful! If you don’t feel confident using the door in manual mode, it might be a good idea to keep your vehicle parked outside until you can be sure that the power is back on.
Reconnect the Door
It’s actually incredibly easy to get your door back to the automatic mode. If you feel like doing a bit of light manual labor, you can simply pull on the bypass rope until you feel a slight snap. If you don’t feel like getting out of your vehicle, reconnecting the door is as easy as letting your opener cycle through again. If you aren’t able to get the door to reconnect with a button press, make sure to try it manually. If neither option works, you might have a more severe problem than anticipated.
Getting your garage moving when the power is out doesn’t have to be tough. Trip the bypass while the door is closed, carefully open and shut the door while the power is out, and then reconnect the door when power is restored. While this process should be simple, always remember that professional help is just a phone call away.
Did your garage door get damaged during an outage? Contact Hill Country Overhead Door today to get your garage working the way it should be!