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Operating your garage door opener

Garage Door opener during power

Every community at some point during the year will lose power.  Most home garage door openers are electric so here are some tips on how to open your garage door manually safely:1. Pull the red emergency cord to disconnect the garage door from the garage door opener. The emergency cord will usually has a red handle and will hang down from the center rail of the garage door mechanism.  Remember to only disconnect the garage door opener when the garage door is in the closed position, not when it’s open.2. Carefully lift the garage door straight up until the door is fully open. Ensure the garage door will safely remain fully open before leaving it unattended.3. If the springs are properly balanced, maintained, and in good working order, the door will open easily and remain open. If your garage door is heavy, hard to open or will not safely remain open, call Portland Garage Doors to check the door as soon as possible to avoid further damage or safety risks.4. When closing your garage door, always remember to lock the garage door as well. When the automatic opener is disconnected, the door is not securely lock unless you manually slide the lock bar into position.5. When the power comes back on, reconnect your garage door opener to your garage door, making sure the garage door is unlocked by unlocking the manual lock bar (in tip #4) when the opener is reconnected. Attempting to electrically open your garage door with the lock bar in place may cause major damage.One way to avoid the inconvenience of manually operating your garage door in the event of a power outage is to invest in an automatic garage door opener that includes a battery backup feature. With a garage door opener with batter backup, your garage door will function normally with our without power to your home.

Operating your garage door opener during power outages

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