Automatic garage door inside
Posted by: admin on February 28, 2015
Either because you wanted to operate your garage door after a power outage, or because insatiable curiosity finally got the best of you (it’s OK, you aren’t alone!), you’ve pulled your garage door’s “quick release” cord and now…you’re panicking!

Have you caused major damage? Will you need to call for help? Is a pricey repair bill in your future? Fortunately, the answer to all of these questions is no!

That’s because re-engaging your garage door is quick, simple and safe to do on your own (so if you pulled the cord out of curiosity, don’t worry: nobody has to know!). Here are the 4 steps to follow:

  1. Start by pulling the quick release cord toward your garage door opener’s motor.

This will ensure that the carriage won’t automatically reconnect to the opener rail trolley, and as such gives you complete manual door operation. So in other words, your goal here is to verify that the door is fully disengaged before you start putting things back in order. (Note: this cord may be called the “emergency release rope” or other term in your garage door documentation.)

  1. Next, completely raise your garage door.

This should be easy to do, and require no excessive pulling or lifting. Remember: while you obviously want to use your automatic door opener since it makes your life simpler and easier, your garage door is designed to work manually as well for as long as you wish. So even if it’s been years since you’ve manually opened your garage door, don’t worry: you aren’t doing any damage. For example, back during the prolonged power outage that hit Southern Ontario and the Northeastern US back in the summer of 2003, thousands of people temporarily switched from automatically opening their garage doors to manually opening them.

  1. Once your garage door is completely open, pull down on the quick release cord.

This action allows the carriage to reconnect with the trolley. There’s no need to pull very hard, although you will need to give it a firm tug (this is designed for your safety, and to present accidental re-engagement). You will also hear a “click”.

  1. Operate your garage door opener.

You can do this either by clicking your remote, or by pressing the button on the opener in your garage. When the trolley meets with the carriage, they will connect and re-engage.

And that’s it! In a minute or two, you can safely re-engage your automatic garage door and continue enjoying reliable, trusty operation.

Question or Comments? Give us a Call!

At Atlas Overhead Doors, our goal is to provide you with advice and “how-to” information that helps you get the solutions you need – without having to call for expert help. You’ll save time, money and get peace of mind.

However, there are times when it’s wise to call in the experts. If you find that your garage door opener is constantly losing power (and the rest of your home is fine), or if the above-noted steps don’t solve the problem, then give us a call. We’ll perform a careful inspection, pinpoint the problem, and solve it for you as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Give us a call today. We’re here to help!

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