Getting locked out of your garage is never an enjoyable experience. This typically happens when a garage door opener gets jammed due to a signal issue, a power outage, a failure of the garage door remote or a mechanical or electrical problem.
When such a problem arises, what are some steps you can take to get back into the garage and get the door working again?
Here are a few tips.
Use the manual release
Your first step should be to use the manual-release device attached to the garage door opener. Older doors might have exterior handles that trigger the manual-release feature from the outside. Otherwise, you may need to get inside the garage and use the pull cord hanging down from the ceiling to manually lift the door up.
Of course, if you can’t get inside the garage at all this could make things a bit more difficult, but this is a good place to start.
Invest in a wi-fi enabled opener or smart lock
Wi-fi enabled garage door openers are the latest advancement in garage door technology and are extremely convenient because they can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet via an app. This means you don’t have to rely on a garage door opener and radio frequency system, adding one less thing that can go wrong and prevent your door from working.
In addition to this, you’ll be able to use smart lock functionality that allows you to monitor the use of the garage door or even lock or disable the system if you so choose—all from a single digital platform that’s accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Smart locks can work with garage doors in a very functional and convenient manner.
If you’re at work and suddenly remember you forgot to close your door, you can use the app to shut it and maintain your peace of mind.
Get a locksmith out to the property
Any time you have issues with a garage door, it is strongly recommended that you let a professional handle the problem rather than trying to do the job yourself, especially when there’s a mechanical issue to handle.
Professional garage door technicians have the tools and knowledge necessary to complete the job safely. This is crucial because there are some aspects of garage door repairs and maintenance that can be extremely unsafe. Any time you need to work with the springs or tension components, for example, there is a real risk of life-threatening injury if you do not know what you are doing. The tension in the springs can release and cause fatal accidents.
It’s always better to be safe and call a professional instead of trying to save some money and doing the job yourself.
Interested in some more tips about how you can restore the operation of your garage door if you get locked out? Contact our team at Artie’s Lock and Key in Fairfax, VA today with any questions you have for us, and we will be pleased to work with you.
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