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How to open & close an automated sectional door or panel door if the power is out

  • Published on June 16, 2017

What do you do when you have no power and your car is inside the garage with the door stuck down? Fortunately, you can operate garage doors by hand.

To operate the garage door by hand, you’ll have to take note of a few things. There will be a motor arm connected to the top of the panel lift garage door, which is locking the door in the down position. In most models, there will be a small lever with a cord attached. To unlock the door, all you have to do is pull the cord so the lever points to the ground. Generally, you will hear a loud clicking noise, which will signal it is unlocked. You are then able to lift the door by hand. The arm will travel along the slide. You can then lift the door up and take your car out.

If the power is still out and you want to relock the door, you first need to bring the door back down again. There is a small piece of shuttle in the rail that the shuttle needs to connect to. Bring the shuttle over the top so it clicks into position. Flick the lever back. If the power is still out, you will have to push the arm to connect it. You’ll know the motor is reengaged when you can’t lift the door and it’s locked. For more advice on how to maintain your garage door see our guide on how to make your garage door last longer.