How to Open a Garage Door Without the Remote

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A garage door opener adds convenience to using your garage. Sometimes it is necessary to open a garage door without the remote. If the power goes out or you have misplaced the remote, you can open the door manually. As long as there is access to the inside of the garage, the door can be opened.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench set
  • Go inside the garage and use the wall button if you have power. If you have no power, you will have to disconnect the garage door from the door opener.

  • Locate the emergency release rope that is connected to the door opener' motor carriage. The rope is where the opener arm connects to the door.

  • Pull the emergency rope, which will release the door from the opener carriage. If there is no emergency release or it is jammed, you will have to disconnect the opener arm.

  • Locate the two bolts that connect the two pieces of the opener arm. Remove the bolts with a wrench and disconnect the arm.

  • Grab the garage door by the handle. Lift up the door.

  • Reconnect the garage door to the door opener when power is restored or you find your garage door remote.

  • Install a manual key emergency release kit on your garage door. This is a key lock that mounts to the door and has a cable attached to the emergency release inside the garage. To disconnect the door from the motor on the outside, unlock the kit and pull the emergency handle.

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