Opening Your Overhead Garage Door When The Power Goes Out

Opening Your Overhead Garage Door When The Power Goes Out

Germantown garage doors

Weather Is Unpredictable And Power Outages Are Imminent

It’s amazing how heavily we depend on electricity to get through a day. But it’s only after a power outage due to say, a gigantic snow storm in the middle of March, that we truly realize just how much we need it. It boils all the way down to opening and closing the garage door. If your garage door operator has ceased to function as it should due to bizarrely inclement springtime weather, here’s what you have to do to get back on track.

What Do You Do About The Garage Doors When The Power Goes Out?

The chances are high that you can activate and deactivate the automation on your Germantown garage doors as you see fit. If you’d like to open the doors manually, all you need to do is simply deactivate the automation on your doors. You can do so by finding the bypass trigger, which is a handle on a rope that connects to the end of the garage door opener. Pull on this handle in order to deactivate this feature. You might have to yank on it kind of hard.

Once you’ve disengaged the bypass trigger, the next step is to pull the rope away from the motor so that it doesn’t get caught up in anything. Since the opener isn’t working for as long as the power’s out, in the meantime, you’re going to have to do everything manually. That means you’re going to want to separate the rope from any automated mechanisms until you get the power back up and running. Now all you have to do is go ahead and lift the door up with your hands.

Safety First

It might be a bit heavier than you’d like. Make sure to bend your knees and lift with your legs. Lifting with your back could result in a really bad day, or worse. Also, be conscious of any tension. Your automated garage door opener’s design protects you from these kinds of incidents. But when you meddle with the mechanisms while these features are not functioning, you run the risk of something going wrong. It is unlikely, but possible. So please be cautious. Keep in mind that eventually, hopefully, fingers crossed, you’ll get that power back soon enough, at which point, you’ll want to return things back to normal. So don’t remove anything that you can’t easily put back in place.

Call Us!

If you’re concerned that you might cause more harm than good trying to fix this issue with your overhead doors and/or operators, it would be our pleasure to take care of it for you. It’s what we do. Call Hudson Valley Overhead Doors And Operators at (845) 876-2772 to ask us anything and everything pertaining to Germantown garage doors.

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