How to Open Your Garage Door Manually When There is a Power Outage

Tips and Troubleshooting   Brett Rowley  | 29 December 2020

If your garage door motor isn’t working, knowing how to open your garage door manually can save you a lot of time and trouble. If your wall switch and remote won’t make your garage door budge, it’s possible that there is a power outage and the garage door has to be opened manually.


How do I open my garage door manually?

Surprisingly it’s incredibly simple to set your roller and sectional doors into Manual Mode:

  1. Check the light on your garage door motor. If you notice there’s no lights on, chances are the power is out.
    Check your home’s fuse box as well to see if the main power is off. If everything seems normal, check Western Power outages to see if your neighbourhood is experiencing any power outages.
  2. Find the red cable on the motor. There are two cables – red and green – as part of your garage door motor.
  3. Pull down on the red cable to set the motor to Manual Mode. From here, you can lower and raise the door on your own.
  4. When you want to set it back to Auto Mode, just pull on the green cable.

That’s it! And not to worry, the doors are tensioned up – provided they’ve been serviced regularly – meaning you don’t need much effort at all to make these doors move.



What if this doesn’t work?

If you find that your garage door is still not responding or is acting strangely, check out our article on troubleshooting your garage door for some useful tips on troubleshooting your garage door.

Brett Rowley

Brett is a garage door expert who also runs Gryphon Garage Doors. He strives for great customer service, excellent product knowledge and constant innovation.