How To Manually Close the Garage Door

Not only is having an automatic garage door necessary, but it also increases security.

But what happens if you have a power outage or your automatic garage door opener has a problem after a freak power surge?

In this case, you are hard-pressed to find a way to manually open and close it. So before you get a new garage door there are some options available to you.

By using this approach, you will spare yourself and your family a great deal of hassle when dealing with a door that just won’t open or close.

Of course, nobody likes to sleep with a door open!

Key Takeaways:
  • Are Garage Doors Easy To Break Into?
  • Manually Closing a Garage Door
  • How Do You Reattach An Emergency Pull On A Garage Door?
  • How Do You Manually Lock The Garage Door?
  • Safety Tips To Keep in Mind

Are Garage Doors Easy To Break Into?

Since the door cannot be lifted into the open position when the drive is engaged, modern powered garage doors that use a garage door motor are harder to break into.

Because of where the Emergency pull is located, older automated versions may have been simpler to break into.

Using a shiv tool inserted through the garage opening between the door and the frame (bottom of the door), the Pull may be hooked in these models.

By placing the Emergency Pull a little bit farther into the garage on more recent models, this risk has been eliminated.

A garage door that has its Emergency Pull released must be secured since it can be easily raised from the outside.

The lock mechanism is still easy to operate despite all this. All of these are located in the emergency release kit.

Manually Closing a Garage Door

The first step to manually closing the garage door is unplugging the automatic door opener. This will stop it from moving the door.

If you’ve got a remote-control device, make sure you take out its batteries.

The next step is the clearance sensor. If your garage door has one of these, then you’ll need to remove them as well before closing it manually.

1. Locate the emergency release cord.

Locate the red emergency release cord. Look for a red cord attached to the electric garage door opener and pull it to manually open the garage door.

If you don’t see it, look around your garage door opener. If you still can’t find it, call a technician to help with your issue.

Manually raising the garage door. Raise the garage door, either by yourself or with assistance.

If it won’t open, double-check that the leave is properly removed. It is recommended to avoid attempting to force the door open if you sense any resistance.

If you do this, you run the risk of damaging the door, which may require repairs. Additionally, you run the risk of hurting yourself or another person.

Protect the door. Hold on to the door until it is firm and secured. The door’s torsion spring could anchor it in place.

Therefore, if you manually open it, it ought to remain open. If it’s having trouble staying open, it might have broken garage door springs or some other common problem.

It is possible to hold it open with a prop or have someone else do it while you remove your belongings or pull your car out.

The ideal strategy, however, would be to call a qualified expert to come to have a look rather than opening your door after problems have been discovered.

2. Pull the red cord and allow it to coil

You can close your garage door manually by pulling the red cord that is located on your automatic opener.

The cord will be coiled up, so you will need to pull it towards you until you hear a loud click and see it uncoil. This should take about 15 seconds.

Once the door has stopped moving and the motor has turned off, use a small hook to pull the string slowly until it is completely pulled out of its track (you may need to pull harder if this happens).

3. Manually lift the door and place a vise grip on the roller track

Locate the manual opener on top of your garage door.

Using a vise grip or similar tool, hold up the door manually by placing it over one of the rollers that move up and down when you open and close your garage door with an opener.

Locate any other rollers in need of replacing; this may be done by watching for signs of wear or damage on those tracks as well as inspecting worn plastic wheels that have lost their shape due to years of use (you can replace these spares from any hardware store).

4. Replace any damaged parts before continuing with the step below!

Take out a hammer and tap it gently against each roller track until they are back into place – don’t use too much force here because you risk damaging surrounding components if they’re not aligned correctly when doing so; make sure everything looks right before proceeding with the simple steps below!

5. Maintain a vise grip until the door is in a closed position

You don’t want to damage your residential garage doors, so be careful when using a vise grip.

If you’re uncomfortable with this method, another option is to use a red rope tied to the bottom of the garage door and then secure it on the side of the garage with a locking carabiner.

When you’ve finished closing the door and are ready to let go of your rope or vice grip, slowly pull yourself away from it while holding onto something sturdy so that you don’t fall off your ladder or step stool.”

6. There is always a manual override for garage doors

If you’re looking for a hand, here’s the Emergency Release Cord. It’s red, and it can be found inside your garage door opener near the bottom left corner of your controller panel.

The emergency cord is also attached to an emergency release handle on the motor unit itself.

7. To manually operate your garage door with this cord:

Locate the Emergency Release Cord (manual release cord) inside your garage door opener (it will be located near the bottom left corner of your control panel).

Pull out enough length of cord so that it can reach from where it is connected to inside your mounting bracket.

Down through to where you want it to go outside through one of those little slots in between each track section.

You have to do this without it being too long or too short when extended from its original location within that bracket housing inside.

It was designed as part of its intended function/purpose before being installed back into place after having been used for such purpose during this operation instead.

How Do You Reattach An Emergency Pull On A Garage Door?

You can now reattach the Emergency Pull if the power is restored. The remote control button or the wall button should be your first two options.

Some of the more recent models come with a system that reconnects the Emergency Pull to the drive on its own. Others even come with safety sensors built in.

You may just reconnect it manually if this doesn’t work. Holding the red handle firmly in your palm, quickly raise and advance the handle.

The strange action should be able to secure the drive to the spring-loaded hook once more. There will be a click as soon as it attaches.

Just to make sure, give it a little tug to see whether it’s securely fastened. The click of a button or remote will be used as the final step to see if everything is now operating automatically as it should.

How Do You Manually Lock The Garage Door?

When the garage door is disconnected from the drive, it may be operated from both inside and outside.

For more security at night, you have the option of manually locking the door in the down position. A locking mechanism should be located in the middle of the door.

To unlock the door from the outside, the manual lock often features a key release.

You may simply contact the business that installed it if you need a new key or to repair the locking mechanism itself.

Safety Tips To Keep in Mind

We couldn’t go without adding tips to help you avoid an emergency situation. For you to avoid any serious injury or a dangerous situation from a garage door falling on someone:

  • If there are people or objects in the garage doorway, take care to never use the emergency release handle.
  • If at all possible, only disconnect the trolley when the garage door is closed by using the emergency release handle. An open door might collapse quickly and/or abruptly if the springs are weak, damaged, or the door is imbalanced.
  • Avoid pulling a door open or closed with the handle. If the rope knot breaks, you might fall.


You may prevent serious issues by doing routine maintenance like tightening hardware and cleaning tracks and rails.

If all else fails we would strongly recommend hiring professional services to get the job done.

by Richard Kelly

Having experienced significant success as a house flipper, I am often approached with questions about all things home improvement. That’s why I decided to start this site. My objective is to share all of the insights I have accumulated over the years so other people can design the homes of their dreams.