Garage door lockout – Possible solutions

Some of you might have a garage door lockout on your hands that you cannot fix no matter how hard you try. You might think that the garage door motor is broken, or that you lost your key or that the garage door is damage. These can all be valid questions that we will focus on and see what tips and tricks you can use when you have a garage door lockout situation. Sometimes, the problem might be more complicated than you think. In that case, the best thing that you can do is call a locksmith who can help you.

Garage door lockout caused by broken motor


Garage doors seems not to work when we desperately need them to, for example during a thunderstorm. You want to get inside as quick as possible, but you’re not able to because the garage door won’t open.

It’s quite usual that during a thunderstorm, the power will go out so you’ll need to open the garage door manually. Before you do so, you need to make sure that the door track isn’t stuck or that nothing is jammed in. Then, you need to locate the manual release cord and pull it. The garage door should open automatically.

Manually manipulate the garage door


In case the previous step didn’t resolve the garage door lockout, you will need to try and manually manipulate the door. For this you will need some kind of malleable tool such as a wire hanger. First, you will go to the center of your door. You will need to feel for a release level. Manufacturers usually make it with a rope attached to it so you can easily find it. Once you’ve found it, you need to hook it on the wire hanger and pull towards yourself.

Since burglars can also be aware of this technique, some manufacturers build in an anti-burglary mechanism which prevents this method from working effectively. If your efforts didn’t resolve the garage door lockout, your next step would be to contact MJ’s Locksmiths so we could help you.

Alternative ways of entrance


When we are in a rush or under stress, we can’t really thing clearly. If you have a garage door lockout situation on your hand, try and see if there are other alternative ways you can use to get inside in order to inspect what’s going on. Sometimes the cause of the problem is very small, like an object blocking the garage door track. And sometimes the lock itself is broken.

Garage door lockout and broken lock

Having a power outage or a jammed garage door track are one of the simplest problems to get around and opening your garage door. If you have the right tools, you should be able to get inside your garage pretty easily, without causing too much damage to the garage door.

But if your garage door has anti-burglar mechanism or you don’t have the proper tools to open it, you could end up doing more damage to your doors, especially if you try and remove a broken lock. So before attempting to resolve a garage door lockout, make sure that you have the necessary tools to start with. If you don’t, it’s best to contact a professional locksmith service than to do serious damage to your garage door.