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Should you use a manual lock on garage door?

Should you use a manual lock if you have a garage door opener?

Your garage door is likely the largest opening into your home, which also makes it potentially vulnerable to yourself and important assets. Some people throughout the The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas, think it's important to secure their homes by using a manual lock with their garage doors.


On some levels, this is perfectly understandable. Manual locks certainly do add a level of security to your home. However, these days, more often than not manual locks are not needed.


An electric 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 even more importantly, if you engage your manual lock when operating your garage door opener, you stand a very good chance of causing damage to both your garage door and your garage door opener.


Then, you might find yourself calling Lake Woodlands Garage Door for our hassle free service, but that would be totally unnecessary. Believe it or not, your garage door opener will secure your home without the use of the manual lock.


Should you lose power, and need to open and close your door manually, or should you go out of town, disconnecting your garage door opener and using the manual lock would make sense.


Here are some helpful tips.

  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 don't hesitate to call a name you can trust!

Lake Woodlands Garage Door - 832-833-2443

When to use a manual lock on your garage door


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