Every homeowner who owns a garage door may have found themselves in a situation where Moving The Garage Door Manually is the only way to overcome its failure. Whether the power supply has failed, or moving parts have burnt out, DIY Manually Moving The Door appears to be the Solution To Most Problems for the time being.
Many people may also want to move the door in the event of an emergency or to check if their door is broken. That said when you are pulling on the cord, it is essential to make sure that the garage door is being correctly disengaged from the opener and that you can reattach it later on.
If you find yourself in a situation where the garage door needs to be disengaged and then re-engaged after you are done, make sure to follow the steps below.
The Garage Door Should Be Closed or in “Down” Position
Now before you disengage the electronic garage door opener from the door, it is important to ensure that the door is closed or as we like to say “in the down position”. If you attempt to disengage the door when it is in the “up” position, it can cause the door to fall which is dangerous. If the spring in the garage door is broken, it can cause the weight of the door to fall on you.
At the very least it will lead to extensive property damage because anything in the way of the door will be crushed beneath it. Plus, you’re going to damage the garage door itself.
However, if your garage door is stuck in the open position, then don’t touch it. You will want to call a garage door company to handle the issue for you.
Pulling the Emergency Release Cord
It is hard not to see the red emergency release rope that should be hanging from the trolley. It is this trolley that is connected directly to the door and will move when the door opens and shuts. However, it is through this attachment point that the trolley is hooked up to the opener carriage.
The carriage is an automated mechanism that will move the door back and forth along the track or the rail.
When you pull the cord, it disconnects the trolley via the attachment point from the opener carriage, which makes it easy for the door to slide across the track without the need for an automated carriage. Doing this allows you to open and then close the door manually.
Moving The Door Down and Up Manually
Once you are able to move the door freely, you can move it in either position. After you are done with maneuvering the garage door, then it is time to re-engage it with the garage door opener. However, before you can do that, it should be returned to its original position, i.e. the “down” position.
Pull the Cord Towards the Garage Door
Now the trolley has originally two positions in relation to the emergency release cord. It is either disconnected or connected. However, both positions will alter where the spring lever on the trolley can be found. When the lever is in the “disconnect” position, the spring lever can be seen extended.
You can get to this position by pulling on the release cord, i.e. pull it down and away from the garage door but towards the connected motor.
When you see that the spring lever is hooked on to the connected position, you will need to re-engage the garage door carriage. Now to achieve this position, you will need to pull on the emergency release cord and on towards the door but away from the motor.
Reconnecting the Opener Carriage to the Trolley
Now you have two ways to reconnect the trolley to the opener carriage. It can be done manually after the cord spring lever has been set in the connected position. All you need is to slide the door along its track until it engages with its attachment point.
The other way is to push the remote button on the garage door, and the opener carriage will automatically connect with the trolley via the attachment point. Either way, you should be able to hear a click as the attachment reconnects. You will also notice that the emergency cord has been reset, and it is ready to be used if the door has to be moved manually.
If you can’t reconnect the cable or are facing some other issues you might want to call a Garage Door Cable Expert to help you out.