Locked out of garage door? It happens all the time. Maybe the battery died in the remote for your garage door opener. Perhaps the power is out. Electric garage door openers require electricity! Perhaps you ran out of the house and forgot the remote. Burglars already know how to open your garage door. It’s time you learned what the burglars already know!
Once you’re no longer locked out of garage door, make sure no one else can do the same thing! Be sure to check out THE GARAGE SHIELD. It provides an added layer of security as well as peace-of-mind against garage break-ins.
Electric garage door openers have an emergency release mechanism that disconnects the door from the opener so that it can manually be opened or closed. The emergency release system features a pull cord that hangs down, usually with a red handle. Pulling this cord activates the release system. The door can then be opened manually.
To proceed when you’re locked out of garage door you will need the following items:
- A piece of thin, stiff wire such as a wire coat hanger
- A screwdriver, wedge, slanted block of wood, or any item capable of prying
- Something to stand on if you can’t see the top of the garage door. Try backing your car up to the garage door and standing on the rear bumper or inside the trunk,.
Push the wedge between the door and the back edge of the door frame. It should push aside the rubber seal or weather stripping create a very small opening.
Bend a small hook at one end of the stiff wire then insert the wire through the gap you just created.
The final step might take a few tries. Using the hook at the end of the wire, grasp the emergency release mechanism. Trying to grab the pull cord will not work unless you’re the right angle to pull it. Keep trying until you finally grasp the release mechanism then pull.
Be sure to check out THE GARAGE SHIELD. It provides an added layer of security as well as peace-of-mind against garage break-ins.