Power Outage

Power Outage: How to Open a Garage Door

Most of us may never consider the thought of returning home one day in the comfort of our vehicle and not being able to open the door like usual with the push of a button. If your garage door is the main point of entry for your family, you will want to know how to open a garage door during a power outage. We have a few tricks up our sleeve anyone can learn to be prepared if this should ever happen.


Battery Backup

If you are one that really likes to be prepared, we recommend a battery backup system. As long as the battery is in good shape, even when the electric door opener fails the battery backup should kick in. Our team at Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™ would be happy to stop over and install one for you.

Maybe a battery backup system is not in the budget or that important to you right now. Well, then it is time to practice disengaging the opener if you ever need to open your garage door during a power outage.


Disengage and Open

First, make sure the door is completely closed. Look for a red cord with a red handle hanging down from the center rail of the garage door mechanism. Pull down on the cord to disengage your door from the electric opener.

Now you will be ready to manually open the door. Lift the door all the way up, and it should stay open on its own. If it doesn’t, please call one of our professionals at Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™. Do not try to adjust the torsion springs on your own!


Power On

Eventually the power should come back on, and you can reengage the system by following these steps. First, get the garage door latched back into the safety release mechanism so that everything is working as it did before the power outage. Leave the garage door in the closed position, and press the opener button. The electric door opener will return to the open position without lifting the door. Now you can lift the garage door up manually until the safety latch re-engages. Remember the door will have to be lifted ALL the way open, so you may need stand on something to make yourself taller. You should hear the safety latch click when you get the door opened far enough. Test the button a few times to ensure everything runs smoothly again.


When the unthinkable happens, our professionals are ready to help. Call us at Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™.

(573) 243-3111