There will probably come a time when almost every homeowner needs to use the release cord on the garage door. It could happen for any number of reasons, but some people have trouble figuring out how to reconnect the door to the automated system. The process really is not very difficult to do, and it can be done in just a little time. The newer models make the process simple.
The first thing to do is hit the door button. Some units will actually reconnect themselves, but this is not typically the case. If simply hitting the button does not work, you will have to take more action.
The next step is to go to the inside of the garage door. You need to check the release handle and make sure that it is on the track. Once you have done this, check to make sure that the sensors are working properly. The sensors are the two objects sticking out from the sides of the door frame. If you have a sensor that is blinking, you need to adjust them so they stop blinking. This can be done by simply moving one of the sensors around a little bit until the blinking stops, and you see solid colors only.
Now, you need to pull back on the release cord. You will notice that there is a lever that moves up and down when you pull on the cord. Depending on your model, you will have to move the chord to the appropriate location. You should feel and see the lever attach itself to the automatic door opener.
The final step is to push the button to see if it works. If it is working properly, your door should close or open without any problems. If it is still not working, recheck the connection at the top. You may want to pull the cord the other way to see if that works. Do not pull so tight that you damage the cord or the lever. Once the lever is in the opposite location, push the button again.
As long as your sensors are working properly, this should have solved the problem. The unit that you have may have some variations to these solutions. You should also check your owner’s manual to decide what your next option is if you cannot get it working again soon. When testing the unit, you may want to bring the opener that is in your vehicle with you. This will save you time because you will not have to keep going back to the hardwired button to check for success.