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Nashville Blackouts: Open Your Garage Door During a Power Outage

Nashville Blackouts: Open Your Garage Door During a Power Outage

The stormy season, infrequently trimmed trees, and above-ground lines make blackouts and power outages common enough in Nashville that they should be a concern.

You don’t realize how much you rely on power until it’s gone. Then when there’s a blackout, the first thing on your mind is how long before the food in your fridge goes bad, the second could be heating your home and operating appliances and electronics.

But you’ll rarely consider how you’ll get your car out of the garage.


When experiencing a blackout, you can’t open your garage door electronically.

That doesn’t mean you can’t exit or gain access to your garage during a power outage; it simply means you’ll have to open your garage door manually.

Garage Door Manual Release: How to Open a Garage Door During a Power Outage

You can open a garage door during a power outage using a straightforward method to open and close your garage door manually.

Warning: Only Complete These Steps if You’re Operating from a Closed Garage Door

If the power goes out while your garage door is open, do not attempt to close it, as it can suddenly slam shut, possibly leading to injury, even if you disengage its power supply.


Instead, contact (615) 456-6654 for assistance.

While you wait for assistance, consider placing a ladder underneath the open garage door.

Step 1: Disconnect the Automatic Opener

Start by unplugging the automatic opener. If you leave the automatic door opener connected while you follow the next steps, your garage door could slam shut if the power suddenly comes on.

Step 2: Pull the Garage Manual Release Cord

Now, locate and pull the manual release — the red rope hanging from the garage door trolley. Since the garage door is closed, this should be toward the front of the door.

Step 3: Manually Open the Garage Door

After pulling the garage door manual release, you can easily open and close the garage door without feeling the weight of the door.

If the garage door feels heavy while opening or closing it manually, there’s a broken spring, as the springs open and shut the garage door. You should call a garage repair service to fix the issue.

Step 4: Reconnect the Automatic Opener

When the power comes back on, ensure your garage door is closed before reconnecting the automatic opener.

Now is also the best time to consider contingencies to avoid manually opening and closing your garage the next time the power goes out.

Get a Power Backup for Your Garage Door

Rather than be forced to follow these steps whenever there’s a power outage, consider investing in a backup power supply for your garage door. A backup power supply can last for days and allows your garage door to open electronically, even during a power outage.

Call Aaron’s Garage Doors

If you need an efficient and cost-effective solution to keep your garage operational during a Nashville blackout, contact Aaron’s Garage Doors.

We assist with all your garage door needs, including installing power backups for your garage door, motorized door openers with a battery backup, and repairing damage caused by a storm or power outage.