What You Need to Do If You Accidentally Get Locked Out of Your Garage

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Have you ever found yourself standing there in frustration because you can’t seem to get your garage door to open from either the inside or outside? While it isn’t that common, people have been known to get locked out of their garage. If you cannot get into the garage because the door opener is not receiving the signal, is shut off, or has been locked, you can use these strategies to regain access to your door.

What to Do If You’re Locked Out of Your Garage

If you are repeatedly pressing the button of your garage door remote and nothing is happening, you could be accidentally locked out of the garage. The door opener will not activate if the door is locked, the radio signal is jammed or other reasons. If you cannot manually release the door from inside or if the opener has a mechanical or electrical problem, it is always best to promptly contact an experienced technician to service the garage door opener Las Vegas.

Try the Manual Release:

When your garage door will not open by using its remote control, try the manual release. It is possible that a power outage has occurred and prevented the electric opener from opening the door. This can be accomplished from both the inside and outside of your garage.

Most garage door openers have a manual release device that can be accessed from inside of your garage. Older door styles may have an exterior handle at the bottom or on the face of the door that triggers a manual release.

How to Use the Manual Release on Your Garage Door Opener From the Inside –  

  • First things first, unlock the door: On the outside of the garage door, unlock and open any latches, switches, or locks that may interfere with you manually releasing the garage door opener. 
  • Make sure the garage door is fully in the down/closed position: To avoid injury and to ensure that you don’t damage the garage door when you go to manually open it, make sure the garage door is fully closed. 
  • Disconnect power from the garage door opener: Unplug the garage door opener or remove the battery from the garage door opener so you can successfully open it manually. 
  • Locate the red emergency release cord: Usually easy to spot, the red emergency release cord typically hangs from the center track or railing. Please note that you should only use this method if the garage door is fully closed. 
  • Time to pull the emergency cord: In a downward motion, pull down on the emergency release handle. This will disconnect the garage door from the trolley and garage door opener and enable you to open your garage door manually. 
  • Now try to open your garage door: Without using too much force, try to pull straight up from the bottom of the garage door until the door goes all the way up and stops moving. Triple check that the garage door is securely in place before attempting to back your car out of your garage or walk underneath it. 
  • Move the garage door back to the closed position: Now that you’ve managed to safely escape your garage, you’ll want to close it and use the manual slide lock to secure it until you find a more permanent solution. 

Get a Wi-Fi Enabled Opener

Is there an easier way than having to go through the step-by-step hassle of manually opening your garage door? Sure there is! Both Chamberlin and LiftMaster offer garage door openers that do have a battery backup system, but not all models have this feature. If you are in an area that is prone to blackouts, it may be a good idea for you to invest in a garage door opener that has a battery backup system. 

In some cases, the radio frequency system of a garage door opener may stop working. If this is a problem for you, consider a new garage door opener system that works with a Wi-Fi enabled door. This type of a door opening system can be controlled with an app on your smartphone or tablet.

You can also use it to monitor or disable the use of your door when you are away from home. This can prove to be especially handy to secure your home when you’re out of town, or to allow access to your garage to maintenance people, delivery personnel, or your family.

Lock Repairs and Replacements:

When you lock the garage door manually, the door’s opener will not work. If you cannot access the garage because you used the manual lock for the garage door, a locksmith may be able to replace or repair it for you. A locksmith could also provide you with a replacement key if you lost or broke any of the keys to your garage.

A professional garage door technician will be able to safely reconnect your garage door opener and repair any part of our garage door system if it became damaged when you were attempting to manually open it. One thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t try to forcibly pry your garage door open or closed. It could cause further damage to the more delicate components of your garage door opener, garage door springs, and motor. 

If you think your garage door and garage door opening system may need to be updated or replaced because it is frequently jamming or malfunctioning, always be sure to hire a trusted garage door installation company. They will be able to advise you or your options and pair you with the most efficient and functional garage door for your home’s design and the needs of your family. 

Call The Professionals at Precision Garage Door Las Vegas

Precision Garage Door Las Vegas is taking steps to follow CDC guidelines to the exact letter in regards to COVID-19. We are enacting added safety precautions to ensure our customers and their home environments are left undisturbed. This includes outfitting our garage door technicians in safety masks, gloves, and sterilization products. If you need garage door replacement or installation, you can rest easy knowing that Precision Door Las Vegas can get the job done efficiently, professionally, and safely. 

For assistance fixing or installing a new garage door opener or if you’re looking to replace your old garage door, contact us directly at 702.637.2700. Our garage door installation experts can answer your questions or schedule a free virtual estimate.