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Tips to unlock your garage door without a key or remote control

April 25, 2019

 

 

We all have from one time to another locked ourselves in our out of the garage. Sometimes it’s a malfunction with the door opener that locks you out. At other times, it may be a power outage. Though frustrating, you don’t need to worry too much about it because it is solvable. Garage doors have manualoperation that allows you to open them from the inside or outside without using the key or remote control. Every homeowner should know about this other way of opening the garage door before we resort to drastic measures like windowbreaking.

Opening the garage door from inside

If you are locked inside during a blackout or the garage door opener refuses to work for some reason, these are the steps you should take;

  1. Check hardware like springs and to make sure everything is intact and the system has no damage.
  2. Pull the emergency cord (red) to untie the release lever on the carriage of the garage door opener.
  3. Lift the garage door so that it opens all the way and stops moving.
  4. Drive the vehicle out of the garage and shut the garage door.
  5. Ensure that there is another access point into your home before leaving the garage.
  6. When you get back to the garage, remember to re-engage the release mechanism, push the lever upward using a broom handle, or use a ladder climb and push the lever. Alternatively, you could pull the release cord upward in the direction of the motor until it clicks.

From outside

If your garage does not have a man door you,should install the Emergency Release Kit so that you can open the garage door from outside. If you already have the kit installed then it will take you these simple steps to open the garage door;

  1. Find the Emergency Release Kit and insert the right key into the socket.
  2. After turning the key, pull the lock tumbler so that it disengages from the release mechanism located on the opener carriage.
  3. Lift the garage door all the way up until it stops moving.
  4. Drive the car in and pull down the garage door.
  5. Put the release mechanism back in place by pushing the lever upward using a broom handle or climb on a ladder and push it by hand. The other way to re-engage the release mechanism is to pull the release cord upward in the direction of the motor until it clicks.
  6. Always ensure you have another entry point into the garage before leaving.

 How to reset the garage door opener

If you have opened the garage door manually there is a reset process to be done, a fairly straight forward process. Once the lever is back in place the garage door is ready to function normally. There are models that may require the carriage to be aligned with the turnbuckle on the chain. If the opener does not function when the power is back on you can unplug the opener and plug it back in after about 30 seconds. This lets the system reset so that you can check whether the carriage is re-engaged. Call your garage door installer if you experience anymoreproblems.

When it comes to garage doors Tulsa, residents know we rank right up at the top with the best. For any work on their garage doors such as spring replacement Tulsa, residents can contact us for prompt and satisfactory service. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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