How to open your door after a power outage


If you have an automatic garage door, it is often times heavily relied upon, so when it doesn’t work, it can be a massive inconvenience. If your vehicle is stored inside your garage, getting it out to go to work or run an errand can be a serious problem. However, before you consider getting a professional involved, you can save some cash and probably fix it yourself.

At York Garage Doors we understand the inconvenience and frustration that can be cause by a faulty garage door, so we have put together a short trouble-shooter to help you get into your garage when your garage door opener is rendered useless.


You will probably notice that your garage door has a red cord hanging from the opener system. If you pull the cord it will disengage the automatic opener and allow you to open the door manually.

Ensure that you only pull the cord when the garage door is shut, as pulling the cord when the door is open can cause the door to slam shut under its own weight which can damage the door and potentially injure anyone near it.


Now that the power is off, you should be able to open the door manually. Make sure that the red cord you pulled is away from the garage door runners then it doesn’t get caught. Always be careful when lifting heavy objects as you can easily injure yourself if you lift incorrectly. We recommend getting someone to assist you when opening the door just to be on the safe side.


Once the power is back running to the door, you will need to reattach the garage door to the automatic opener. You can do this by pulling on the same red cord that you used to disengage the power, and then pull the door up until you hear it snap back into place.

If your garage door still doesn’t work once the power has returned it is advised that you seek professional help, as there may have been a power surge when the power returned, resulting in the garage door opener being inoperable.

At York Garage Doors we have been installing and repairing garage door in the York area for over 25 years. If you would like to contact us about the above article or for any other reason, you can call us on: 01904 275 182.

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