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How to Open Your Garage Door Manually

How to Open Your Garage Door Manually

Can you imagine a time before electric garage doors? They save us so much time and energy, opening the garage door before us with just the click of a button. But, would you still know how to get into your garage in the case of a power outage or a fault with the door itself?

Don’t get locked out (or in!). Here’s how you can open your electric garage door manually if you ever need to.

When you’re locked in

If you can’t open your garage door electronically but still have access to the garage through the house, then there’s a fairly simple solution for opening up your garage door manually. The majority of garage door openers have a bypass switch, which allows you to override the electronics and open it manually. This can also be useful if you have lost your electronic remote.

In most cases, the garage door opener will have a red rope hanging down from it, perhaps with a handle on the end. All you need to do is pull on this rope away from the garage door to disengage the lever and disconnect the garage door from its power. You may require a ladder to safely reach this cord. Now, the door can be operated manually. The garage door should be easy to open just by lifting it with both hands.

To return the garage door opener back to its automatic mode once you’ve got power back again, pull on the rope again but towards the direction of the garage door to reengage the lever. You may also be able to reactivate it just by using your electronic remote.

When you’re locked out

If your electric garage door is the only way into the garage and it fails for whatever reason, then things are bit trickier and you’ll essentially have to break into your garage. To do this, you’ll need something to wedge into the top of the door and something to hook onto the lever inside, such as a coat hanger or bent wire.

Place the wedge under the weather proofing strip at the top of the door to form a gap, then maneuver your hooked wire through the gap, locate the emergency latch, and pull it towards yourself to disengage this. This is easier if you know where everything is located inside, so take some time to familiarize yourself with the garage door opener from inside your garage in case this situation ever arises. Once you’ve done this, you can simply lift the garage door open yourself. Watch this video for a quick demonstration.

If you’re worried about the security risk that this second option poses, then this article has some tips for securing your garage door. Of course, this will mean you can’t use this technique yourself if you’re ever locked out, but it’ll also mean others will find it more difficult to break in.

If the issues with your garage door are caused by faulty equipment, then contact Carolina Garage Door for all your garage door maintenance needs. We serve Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Also, make sure to perform regular check-ups on your garage door to help prevent getting locked out due to faults.


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How Often Should You Schedule a Garage Door Tune-Up?

How Often Should You Schedule a Garage Door Tune-Up?

Your garage door experiences a lot of wear and tear. It’s constantly under attack from the weather, which can be particularly trying when the seasons change. On top of this, regular use can gradually wear away at the components and impact its condition. It can be easy to forget about your garage door, but it is a vital part of your house that needs regular maintenance.

Most people will only have the garage door serviced when something goes wrong. This can end up being costly, and could be prevented with a regular service. How regular does garage door maintenance need to be?

Annual check-up

It’s important to get your garage door seen to by a professional at least once a year. A garage door technician will review the condition of the door and all of its components, ensuring that everything is in good working order. They can check the alignment of the door and the tension of the garage door opener. They will also lubricate the parts, such as the hinges and rollers. All of this makes sure that your garage door opens and closes smoothly.

Perform your own checks

There are things you can do throughout the year, without calling out a professional, to help maintain your garage door. Performing these regular checks yourself will help you to spot any potential problems and correct them before they become complicated and expensive.

Monthly visual inspection

At least once a month, you should give your garage door a quick look-over to check for any signs of damage. The best way to do this is to inspect the door from the inside of the garage with the door closed. Look closely at the individual components to check for any signs of wear and tear.

Signs such as frayed cables, loose parts, or rusted hinges should be seen to. Spotting these warning signs early can allow you or a professional technician to tune up your garage door before problems arise. It’s much easier to tighten a part or replace a hinge than to have to get a new garage door.

You should also listen to the garage door as you open and close it. If it suddenly starts making strange noises or gets louder, then it could indicate a problem.

Performing these quick checks and getting a professional technician to perform an annual garage door service can help to keep your garage door in top condition, avoiding costly replacements. If you need garage door maintenance in the Triad area, then we at Carolina Garage Door can help. We serve Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Get in touch today.