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    How To Open Garage Doors Manually

    Over time, garage doors have become somewhat of an essential part of our homes and our daily lives.

    It keeps our homes protected, safe, and secured from all unwanted and uncontrollable factors.

    However, no matter how much you take good care of your overhead garage doors, there will come a time where it will wear out and break down, after all, it still is a machine and machines wear out eventually.

    Having your garage door malfunction on you can be very troublesome but tolerable at the same time.

    However, if your garage door stops functioning on you altogether, then there can only be two things that are happening, either you are prevented from entering your garage or prevented from exiting your garage.

    Both can be really problematic to deal with.

    Of the two options, getting stuck from the inside of being prevented from exiting your garage door is a better situation compared to the alternative.

    If you are on the outside of your garage doors and it does not open, then a small door or any means of entering your garage other than through the overhead garage door can be a very good thing.

    If you have no means of doing so and entering your garage, then it is best you contact a trained professional to help you out with your problem.

    Do not, by any means try to access the emergency release hatch from the outside of your garage door as this can be very risky to do and can put you and those around you in a very unsafe position.

    On the other hand, if you have access to the inside of your garage doors, then here is how to open garage doors manually from the inside.

    Why is it necessary to know how to manually open your garage doors?

    Learning how to open your overhead garage doors manually gives you a lot of options to work with most especially if you need to have that garage door opened no matter what.

    There will be times where your garage door will fail you and with this knowledge at hand, you will not be troubled as much as if you didn’t know how to open your garage door manually.

    Aside from that, the knowledge of opening your garage doors manually from the inside is very beneficial especially if you are attempting to repair any broken component of your overhead garage door.

    Plus, it is nice having a back-up you can rely on especially during the days where your garage doors break down on you.

    How to open garage doors manually

    Now, when you are attempting to open your overhead garage doors manually, there are only two things that you need to remember and do, the first is about the whole act of opening your garage doors manually and the second one is about resetting your garage door openers.

    Now, remember not to forget any of these two as these are equally necessary.

    The first reminder for the deed itself while the second is for when you reconnect your openers to your garage doors again.

    Let us begin with how to open your garage doors manually.

    Now the first thing you need to do in this situation is to locate your garage doors bypass switch and activate them.

    This switch will enable you to override your door’s system and in turn, allow you to open your garage doors manually.

    To locate it, all you need to do is find the red hanging rope on the inside of your garage door and pull it towards you.

    Doing so will release and disconnect the garage door opener’s carriage from your garage door’s trolley.

    Now, remember, when you do this, make sure that your garage door is completely closed otherwise this can be very dangerous.

    Also keep in mind that if you feel any resistance while pulling the emergency release hatch, does not proceed along.

    Instead, call your local garage door repair company and ask for assistance.

    Usually, when resistance is present, something else might be wrong with your overhead garage door and just pulling the rope recklessly might cause the door to suddenly fall on you.

    Once you pull the bypass switch, your overhead garage door will now remain in manual mode until you reconnect it with your garage door opener and you will now be able to open your garage doors manually.

    Refer to your garage door opener’s user manual for more instructions on how to reconnect your opener’s carriage to your garage door.

    Once your garage door is all fixed and repaired, you may now proceed to reconnect the opener and reset it.

    To reset your garage door openers, all you need to do is unplug the unit for 30 seconds then plug it again into the power source.

    To help you out further with the whole process, you may see the video below for clearer instructions.


    Opening your garage doors manually is really easy to do as long as you keep in mind the dos and don’ts for the task.

    If by any chance something went wrong with your garage door afterward, then do not hesitate to ask for help from your local garage door repair company.

    If you live in Edmonton and are looking for someone who can help you out with your garage door related needs and services, then there is no better option than Legion Garage Doors.

    We offer 24/7 garage door repair as well as installation and maintenance services.

    So whatever it may be that you need for your garage door, we can surely do it for you.

    Give us a call to know more about us and the services that we offer.

    Contact us now!

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