How To Manually Lock A Garage Door

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Whether due to power outages, malfunctioning openers, or you just feel like doing it the old-fashioned way, knowing how to manually lock your garage door is essential. Let’s delve into the step-by-step process to ensure your garage door is secure.

Step 1: Disconnect The Opener

For safety, the first step is to ensure that your garage door is disconnected from the opener. If you’re unfamiliar with this, you can find an in-depth guide on how to open a garage door manually.

Step 2: Close The Door

Gently lower the door. Ensure it’s fully down and sitting flush with the ground.

Step 3: Slide The Lock Bar

Most garage doors come equipped with a manual sliding lock bar. This bar can be found on the inside of the door, typically in the middle. Slide it into the locked position.

Step 4: Use A Padlock

If you wish for added security, some garage doors have a hole where the track and the door meet when closed. Here, you can place a padlock for an extra layer of protection.

Step 5: Double-Check

Before leaving, always tug on the door to make sure it’s truly locked and secure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I manually unlock my garage door from the outside?

To unlock from the outside, some garage doors have an exterior emergency release kit. This kit includes a key that would disengage the opener and allow manual operation. If not installed, consider reaching out to professionals for assistance.

Is it safe to lock the garage door manually every night?

Yes, it’s safe and often recommended, especially if you’re going away or if there are security concerns in your neighborhood. Regularly check to ensure all locks and mechanisms are functioning correctly.

What do I do if my garage door won’t lock manually?

First, check for obstructions or damages to the tracks or lock bar. If the problem persists, consider seeking professional repair services.

Can I still use my automatic opener after locking the door manually?

No. Before using the automatic opener, ensure the door is unlocked manually to prevent damages. Re-engage the opener after unlocking. Check our guide on how to fix a garage door after pulling the red cord if you face difficulties.


Ensuring your garage door is locked, especially when manually done, offers peace of mind. Whether it’s a sudden power outage or you’re looking for added security, knowing how to do it correctly is crucial. If you ever face challenges or need professional assistance, contact us. From emergency garage door repairs to garage door installation, we’re here to serve your needs.

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Peter MacDonald

Peter MacDonald

I have been servicing garage doors since I can remember. Over the years I noticed I can help my clients better if they get detailed answers to their questions beforehand. In this blog I share my tips and thoughts so you can better understand the issue you might be facing and my companies approach to fix it.

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