How to Open a Garage Door After a Power Outage

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When the power goes out there are many things that homeowners have to think about. In many cases, the last thing anyone thinks about is the garage doors getting opened. This is an important thing to remember though because you may have to leave your home immediately. The best thing to do if you are in this situation is to stay calm and think. The last thing you want to do is damage your door trying to get your vehicle out.

Here are the steps to get your door opened without a problem:

  1. Most garage doors that have electric openers come equipped with a special cord that can be used to open the door. It usually has a handle on the end of it. Locate this cord first.
  2. Pull down on the cord and this will release the door and open it.
  3. Once the door is unlatched, go to the door itself and pull up on the handle or push up on the bottom of the door. You may have to push hard to get the door to stay by itself at the top.
  4. The door is now usable without electricity.
  5. Once the power comes back on, you simply need to open and close the door several times until it catches in the track.
  6. If there is not a cord present, call your local professional to come and install the cord for you. It is a good idea to have one placed on your door before you actually need it.

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