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Frequently Asked Question: How Do I Open My Garage Door During A Power Outage?

We’ve all come to highly depend on our
automatic garage door openers; it’s an aspect of our day to day routine! They
deliver a wonderful convenience with the simple click of a button, which often
gets taken for granted. So, when something like a power outage occurs, it
suddenly becomes a daunting task to get in and out of your garage. 

If you find that your car is stuck in
the garage, don’t panic! Follow the steps below to learn how
to open your garage door during a power outage
.

Safety First
The type of garage door you have installed will play a big part in how easy or
difficult it will be to manually open or close the door. Make sure no one is
standing too close to the door when you attempt to raise it. Garage doors are
heavy items that operate under a lot of tension, so it’s important to be aware
of your surroundings.

Begin with the Bypass
All garage doors have a bypass switch
for situations such as when the power goes out. On most garage doors, there’s a
rope with a handle (typically red) connected to the end; this is the bypass
trigger. Pulling on this rope will put your garage door in manual mode and the
opener disengages. It is recommended to only pull on the bypass trigger when
your garage door is closed, or else it could come crashing down.

Operating Your Door While the Power is Out
The rope controls the spring
attachment in the trolley, so if your power is going to be out for an extended
period of time, it’s important to pull the rope down towards the back of the
garage so that it doesn’t get caught on the tracks.

Opening Your Door from the Outside
You should locate the emergency release kit on the outside of your door and use your corresponding key in the lock. From here, you’ll be able to turn the key and pull the lock tumbler, which puts your door in manual mode. You can then pull your garage door straight up with your hands.

When You Need Professional Support
A1 Door Company has been providing Midlothian, VA with expert garage door repair services for almost 20 years.When you need support getting your garage door opener back in business after a power outage or similar maintenance, we’re just a phone call away!

How to Program Your Car Garage Door Opener

Garage door
experts are naturally the most qualified when it comes to handling projects
regarding your overhead door. In regards to installation or repair, you’ll always
want to call on a professional. Programming your garage door opener, however, is something that most homeowners can typically handle, should
they choose to do it themselves. Garage door opener manufacturers, such as
LiftMaster, make the programming process simple and easy to comprehend.

Manuals can be
a tough read, though, which is why we wanted to help you to program your doors with
the help of some simplified instruction. Continue reading in order to find out
how you can program your garage door opener and remote to meet your needs!

Before you get
to any actual programming, you’ll need to ensure that the light bulb in the
opener is working and functional. The opener’s light is often used as a
programming indicator, so this will need to be operating in order to verify
that everything is working.

  1. The first step to programming your garage door opener is pushing the
    “Smart” or “Learn” button on the opener. The color of the button will vary
    based on the year and model of garage door opener you have, so you may be
    looking for green, red-orange, purple, or yellow. Once this button is
    activated, you should see an LED light turn on.

  2. Next, you’ll want to grab your remote and look for a program button.
    Again, the make or model will vary when it comes to the location of this
    button. On some, it’s found behind the visor clip – which can also be used to
    press the hard-to-reach button. On others, you will need to look for holes on
    the side of your device, using a pin or paper clip to press the button. A light
    will turn on somewhere on the remote to indicate that it’s ready to be
    programmed.

  3. We’d like to say that there’s no rush for the next step, but that wouldn’t
    be entirely accurate. When the program button has been activated, you have
    about 30 seconds to sync up the remote. Turn back to your opener and hit the
    same “Smart” or “Learn” button from Step 1 until you see the light turn on
    again. Then, push on the button on the remote that you would like to control
    the door. Pressing the button once should make the opener’s light blink to
    indicate a successful pairing.

    Note: If the indicator light doesn’t go off, select the button on the
    remote again. Once the light does come on again, do not click the button more
    times.

  4. To complete the programming process, hit any other button on the remote.
    You should see the remote’s light turn off.

And there you
have it! Your garage door should be able to open and close at your command. If
you experienced any difficulty with the steps listed above, or if you have questions,
please feel free to contact the experienced technicians at A1 Door Company. We’re here to
help!

Facts About Residential Garage Door Openers

Many people tend to not think about their garage door openers
until they stop working. Nothing puts a dent in your day’s plans quite like a
garage door that won’t open! The truth is, however, that garage door openers
serve a variety of purposes – not just lifting and closing your overhead doors.
As technology continues to evolve, garage door openers just become even smarter!

This is why we’re sharing some of the most interesting facts
about residential garage door openers. Knowing more about these pieces of
equipment will help you set a more accurate value for them and prevent any
surprises during your next garage door opener installation.

Openers Can Be Hacked                                                       

While the evolution of technology can be a good thing, it
can also come with some bad. Garage door openers that used a “fixed code”
wireless system to open are vulnerable to breaches. It was discovered years ago
that simple technology from an old toy could be used to open garage doors
without a secure code. We won’t go into too much detail here, but will give the
following warning: if your garage door is more than 5-10 years old, you may
want to contact a specialist to see if you’re at risk of a break-in.

Openers Are Required By Law to Be Safe

If you’re in the market to buy a garage door opener, you can
rest assured that you’ll be making a safe purchase. Because of a tragic history
of injury, lawmakers were pushed to step in and push forward legislation in
1993 that required a minimum level of safety in all models of garage door
openers. This includes sensors that can detect people walking under your door,
which used to be a major threat to children’s safety. Since 1993, however,
incidents with garage door opener-related injuries are pretty much unheard of.

Openers Are Going High-Tech

You’d think something that serves such a simple purpose
wouldn’t become so complex, but that’s exactly what is happening to garage door
openers. The top garage door manufactures are tricking out openers with all
kinds of tech-savvy integrations. This includes Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, the
ability to control the opener through an app, and LED lighting.

Hopefully this information helps you to see your garage door
openers as a valuable tool in your home! New openers add value to your home, as
well as increased function and efficiency. If you’re looking to equip your home
with a new garage door opener, give
the experts at A1 Door Company a call
today!

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