Roller garage doors are a popular choice with homeowners. However, if the unexpected happens and the power goes out, many things will stop working, including kitchen appliances and your electric garage door. Unless you have a battery backup or a generator in place, your garage door will not open or close, and you might not be able to get your car out of the garage if you do not know how to open it manually. Granted, power failures do not happen every day, but they often seem to happen at the most inopportune times. To ensure you can get your car out of the garage in case of a power outage or other emergency, we are going to look at how homeowners can open their roller garage doors manually.
Disconnect The Motor
Before you can do anything, you need to disengage the motor. The motor drives the roller garage door, and you will not be able to open the garage door if it is engaged. This is because you will be working against both the weight of the door and the motor’s resistance if you do not disengage it.
All electric garage doors, including roller garage doors, have a manual release mechanism. The mechanism is usually located above the door, and you can locate it by looking for a red cord dangling above or on either side of the door. Once you locate the cord, you will need to pull it. The cord will lock into the open position once you pull on it and this will tell you it is time to move on to the next step.
Open The Garage Door
Once the mechanism is disengaged, you should be able to open and close the garage door. Roller garage doors can be heavy, so you need to use two hands for this. Grab the door with both hands and lift. Try to keep the door as vertical as possible so it is easy to roll and open. The door might not budge if the release mechanism is not set correctly. If this is the case, you will need to repeat the first step above and ensure the mechanism is locked in place before attempting to lift the door.
Get The Car Out
If you need to get a car or people out of the house through the garage door, it is now safe to do so. However, check that the garage door is open all the way before doing this because the door can come down if it is not open all the way.
Close The Garage Door
When you are done with everything, close the roller garage door carefully. Remember that the door will likely be quite heavy – you can gauge its weight when you open it – so bring it down slowly. Do not let the door fall under its own weight because it will crash and the door or the rails might be destroyed. You will end up needing garage door repair services should something like this happen.
Reconnect The Mechanism
Once the door is all the way down, it is time to re-engage the mechanism. Do this by pulling on the red manual release cord again. You should hear the mechanism reengage if you pull hard enough. If you do not hear it engaging, keep trying until it does. This is the only way to ensure the garage door is completely locked and that your home remains secure.
The mechanism can lock wrongly so it is important to check the door once power is restored. Open and close it a few times using the electronic system to ensure everything is ok.
A Few Things To Note
A common mistake people make is pulling the manual release cord when their door is partly open. This can be very dangerous because the door will come crashing down if this happens. Ensure the garage door is completely open or closed before pulling the manual release cord. If not, you will need to secure the door before pulling the cord.
Loss of power is one of the main reasons why you may need to open your roller garage manually. However, there are other instances where the door will not open. These include when the proximity sensors do not work, when the rails are damaged, or an overheating motor. In these cases, you might need to close or open the door fully before attending to the problems.
Roller garage doors are very easy to operate but this is not always the case, especially when the home loses power. When this happens, you need to find a way to open the roller garage door manually while ensuring your safety. Luckily, roller garage door manufacturers have made it easy for you to do this and the good news is that doing so does not require any tools.