Garage doors are the one thing that people expect to work perfectly every single time, and it’s possible to ensure the longevity of your garage door with quality maintenance. However, aside from common problems caused by broken parts, garage doors can stop functioning properly for a variety of reasons.
For example, during an emergency situation with your door most people wouldn’t know what to, or that there’s even something that they could do. They’d most likely contact the local National City garage door repair service to help them out.
However, there are actually ways to open a garage door if there is no power or when the motor is broken. If you would like to know more about how you can manually open your garage door, read on!
Is there an emergency way to open a garage door?
Yes, there is. The way to manually open your garage door depends on which type of drive mechanism your door has. There are three most common types: screw drive, belt drive and a chain drive.
If you have a screw drive garage door, the easiest way to manually open it is to pull the emergency open cord. This will disengage the drive and completely separate your garage door from the opening/closing mechanism. From there, you can open or close your door by hand, using the handles that are located on the inside of your door.
The same method for emergency release is also present on belt and chain drive garage doors, with one small difference. When you pull the release string, you need to slightly pull away from the opener for the mechanism to slide in the disengaged position.
Additionally, when you want to reattach your door to the opening system you’d need to pull the emergency release and this time, slightly pull towards the opener.
Where is the emergency release on a garage door?
The emergency release handles are usually very easy to spot. They’re usually hanging from the center of the garage door’s track system, and they often have a red-colored handle, making them very hard to miss.
What happens when you pull the red string on a garage door?
The red string that hangs from your garage door is actually an emergency release. It hangs from the trolley of the garage door, and it moves with the door along the rail when it opens and closes. Its main function is to connect the trolley and the garage door drive or the opener.
Opener is the system connected to the door, and it moves when the electric motor engages after you press the button on your remote. It moves, and by doing so it also moves the entire garage door with it.
The trolley system is either located inside the rails or it rests on top of the rails, depending on the type of opening drive your garage door has. In layman’s terms, it’s an immovable part attached to your door that moves the whole door up and down when connected to the opener system.
Pulling the red string disengages the trolley system from the opener. It disconnects it and in doing so makes the garage door completely detached from the opener. Then the garage door can move freely, since it’s completely independent from the opening system in this situation.
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