Re-Engaging Your Garage Door Opener After a Power Outage

If you lose power, the garage door opener’s quick-release mechanism allows you to operate the door manually. The carriage, which connects to the door arm, locks around the opener trolley during normal operation. Once the power comes back on, you must re-engage the garage door opener to the door. The process is usually the same among all garage door opener manufacturers.

Here’s how:

  1. Pull the emergency-release rope toward the opener motor head. This prevents the carriage from reconnecting to the opener rail trolley, allowing full manual operation of the door.
  2. Raise the garage door fully. Pull straight down on the emergency release rope once the door is open. This enables the trolley to connect to the carriage.
  3. Push the control button either on a remote or at the wall station to operate the garage door opener. The opener trolley will engage the carriage once it comes to the full open position. You may have to pull the door closed slightly to fully engage the trolley.

Don’t Let a Power Outage Keep Your Garage Door Down

A power outage can wreak havoc on your home or business, but you may not realize that it can also cause problems for your vehicles until your garage door won’t reengage when the power is out. Fortunately, opening the garage door when the power is out is not impossible, but it is not as simple as opening it when there is power connected. It involves pulling the garage door rope to allow for manual operation before fully raising the door. This is the garage door release mechanism that you will need to engage in order to manually lift the door.

When your garage door is not working after a power outage, even after the power comes back on, you might think something is wrong. However, in almost every case, it’s just a matter of raising the door, pulling down on the rope, and then pushing the control button on your remote or at the wall to engage the carriage again.

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