Power outages happen on occasion. When one does occur, your garage door opener probably won’t work since it operates on electricity. This can be an issue if you need to get out of your garage, whether it’s because you are evacuating your home or because you simply need to get out to go to work. The following are a few tips to help you get out of your garage when the power is out:
Most garage door openers have a bypass switch in case of a power failure or in case the remote opener dies. Many of these garage door openers will have a rope with a red handle at the end – this is the manual release handle. By pulling it, you’ll be putting the garage into manual mode. Just make sure the door is closed when you pull it, since pulling it while the door is open could cause it to come crashing down. If the garage door is open and you need to put it into manual mode, we suggest propping up a few 2×4’s to make the door safe to close. When releasing the door in the up position, make sure the area around it is clear of objects and people.
You should also keep in mind that when using manual mode, make sure that you pull the rope down and back towards the back of the garage or towards the motor. This way it won’t get caught in the garage door tracks. If it doesn’t release, don’t hang from the cord. While it may require some force for it to disengage, hanging from the cord could result in damage to both the rope and the lever.
Use these tips and contact us at Cost Less Garage Door for information about using a garage door opener.