How To Open Garage When Power Goes Out

How To Open Garage When Power Goes Out

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Power outages can be a real headache, especially if you’re trying to get your car out of the garage. While modern garage doors come equipped with battery backup systems, older models may not. So, what do you do when the power goes out, and you need to get out?

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Manual Release

The manual release mechanism is a feature present in most garage doors. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Ensure that your garage door is fully closed. This prevents accidents and damage.
  2. Locate the emergency release cord. This is usually a red rope hanging from the garage door track.
  3. Pull the cord downwards. This disengages the garage door from the opener, allowing manual operation.
  4. Lift the garage door from the bottom until it’s fully open. Ensure it remains in place.
  5. When power is restored, re-engage the door opener by pulling the cord again, but this time towards the motor.

When Manual Release Doesn’t Work

Sometimes, even after disengaging the manual release, the door doesn’t budge. If this happens:

  1. Check for any obstructions or jams. Remove if found.
  2. Examine the tracks for damage. If bent or broken, refrain from using the door. Contact a professional for garage door off track repair in Ottawa.
  3. Inspect the springs. Broken springs can prevent the door from opening. For spring-related issues, refer to this guide on broken torsion spring repair.

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  • Expertise: Trained professionals ready to tackle any issue.
  • Speed: 24-hour response times for emergencies.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my garage door opener isn’t working?

If the opener isn’t functioning, even with power, it might be a signal for a repair. Learn more about garage door opener issues here.

Can I replace parts of my garage door myself?

While some minor repairs can be DIY, it’s recommended to get professional help for replacing crucial parts like springs or cables. Our experts can guide you on garage door parts and their replacement.

What maintenance does my garage door need?

Regular maintenance includes checking for wear and tear, lubricating moving parts, and ensuring the door is balanced. For a comprehensive tune-up, check out our garage door tune-up guide.

Is there a way to upgrade my old garage door opener?

Absolutely! Modern openers come with features like Wi-Fi connectivity. Learn more about Wi-Fi garage door openers here.


Being prepared for power outages ensures you aren’t left stranded in or outside your garage. Familiarizing yourself with the manual release can be a real lifesaver. But if you ever face problems or need professional garage door services, reach out to us at Garage Doc Door. We’re here to help with all your garage door 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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