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Opening a Garage Door When the Power is Out

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  • 24 Oct 2016
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Neighborhood Garage Door Services of The Bay Area, CA is an established and trusted company when it comes to garage door installations and repairs. We assist our customers any time day or night.  Our technicians are certified and have excellent customer service skills. In fact, they even help us to educate our customers on how to maintain their doors.

Garage doors are convenient but they can cause an issue if the power was to go out and you need to leave your home or if you are trying to get inside during a storm. There are several ways that this can be handled.

Consider the following if the power is out and you need to open your garage door:

Manual Release


Most garage doors have a manual release cord and it typically has a red handle. If the power is out, look around for the cord and pull it in order to open the door in manual model. Be sure to only try this if the door is already closed because if it’s open then it may come down with big thud.

Manual Mode

In the event that your power is out for an extended period of time, then you may want to stay in what is called manual mode. If you go this route, then be sure to pull the cord downward and backwards so it won’t get caught on the door’s tracks.


Ok, let’s say your power has been restored. This means you are able to utilize your long lost automatic door again. In order to reattach your door once the power is on, you’ll need to do the following:

  •        Pull your manual release cord in the direction of your door’s opening so that the lever does not engage.
  •        Pull the door gently until you hear it click into place.

Congratulations, you are in automatic mode once again. One other way to handle this reattachment process is to press your garage door opener button which will cause attachment to happen.

Release Cord Tips

Garage doors are wonderful to have but they should be treated with caution. You’ll want to adhere to the following manual release cord tips.

  •        Don’t use the release cord if the overhead door is open.
  •        In the event that you have to disengage your door when it is open, then use something to prop it up for safer closing.
  •        Be sure to move objects from the opening of your garage door and steer pets and people away from potential harm.


The likelihood of a power outage happening for a long period of time may not be very high. However, we want to equip our customers to handle the issue if it should arise.

If you ever struggle with the issue of opening your garage door when the power is out, then feel free to contact Neighborhood Garage Door Services of The Bay Area, CA.  We are available to help and provide outstanding service 24 hours a day when it comes to any garage door installation or repair need

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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