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Your garage door is likely the largest opening into your home, which also makes it a potential vulnerability to your family and important assets. Many folks throughout the Greater New Orleans area think it's important to secure their homes by using a manual lock with their garage doors. In many instances, we commend this approach – manual locks certainly do add a level of security to your home. However, these days, more often than not manual locks are not needed. This might raise a few alarms for our good neighbors in places such as Slidell, Covington, Mandeville, and even Gulfport, MS. Why and how could one of the most respected names in garage doors in New Orleans say that manual locks are not needed? In short, because most of our customers and neighbors in the region have motorized garage door openers.

Here's why having a motorized garage door opener changes everything

The motor inside your garage door opener – when engaged – acts like a lock on your garage door. In other words, a manual lock would be redundant ... but it goes even further than that. If you engage your manual lock when operating your motor, you stand a very good chance of causing damage to both your door and motor. Then, the good folks here at American Garage Door will have to come out to repair the damage. Believe it or not, we don't want to have to do that! Instead, we'd prefer our customers feel safe in their homes without putting their garage doors at risk. Trust us - your motorized opener will do the job just fine!

But what if you have to manually open your garage door - like when you lost power?

We don't have to tell you that here in New Orleans, losing power is a standard event. During one of our infamous severe storms, you may not want to go out about town, but you certainly don't want to be locked indoors against your will, either. When you lose power, you may think that you can no longer open your motorized garage door. But have no fear – there is a way for you to reach the outside world.

  1. Disconnect the garage door opener when the garage door is in the closed position.
  2. Pull the emergency cord (usually a red handle) to disconnect the door from the garage door opener.
  3. Lift the garage door straight up until the door is fully open. Make sure the door will remain fully open before leaving it unattended.
  4. If the garage door is difficult to open, have a professional garage door service technician check the door quickly.
  5. Close the door manually until it reaches the floor.
  6. You can then use your manual lock to secure your door. When the automatic opener is disconnected the door is not securely shut until you manually slide the lock bar.
  7. Reconnect the opener when the power comes back on. Make sure the door is unlocked when the opener is reconnected.

Of course, when in doubt, contact our team so we can help you navigate the intricacies of your motorized garage door opener.

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American Garage Door provides full service garage door installation, maintenance and repairs in greater New Orleans including Metairie, Kenner, Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Slidell as well as Picayune and Gulfport MS.