When your garage door is stuck after a power outage, your whole day can suffer. Summer storms hit, your garage door opener gets caught in the crossfire, and before you know it, your car is being held hostage by your garage. While it stinks to have your garage door stuck open because of safety issues, it may be even more frustrating to have your cars trapped inside. Just like saying your dog was eating your homework as a kid, now you have to explain to your boss how your car is being held hostage. Good luck.
We want you to get to work on time. We’ve listed some steps below from our garage door manufacturer Clopay, but if they aren’t working, try calling us for some help.
When Your Garage Door is Stuck Shut After a Power Outage:
- Disconnect or unplug your automatic garage door opener when the garage door is closed.
- Pull the emergency cord to disconnect the garage door opener from the door. The cord usually has a red handle and will hang down from the center rail of the garage door mechanism.
- Lift the garage door straight up until the door is fully open.Make sure the door will remain open on its own. If the springs are properly balanced, the door will open easily and stay in place. If it’s difficult to open, have a garage door service professional inspect the door to avoid further damage or safety risks.
- Close the garage door manually and lock it. The garage door isn’t securely shut until you manually slide the lock bar.
- Reconnect the automatic garage door opener when the power comes back on. Make sure the door is unlocked when the opener is reconnected. Opening the garage door with the lock bar in place can cause major damage.
To avoid having the same problem in the future, consider buying a surge protector. Use it on the outlet where the garage door opener is plugged in. Make sure the surge protector is in compliance with the garage door opener, like this one from LiftMaster, our garage door opener manufacturer.
What our Customers are Saying
The service was great. I did not know why the garage door wouldn’t open, but I noticed cables hanging on either side of door. Deluxe came promptly, recognized the problem of the broken spring, then replaced the spring and lubricated the door parts. I found them helpful and efficient and I was very happy with the company.