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Resetting Your Garage Door Opener After Pulling the Cord

Resetting Your Garage Door Opener

Resetting Your Garage Door Opener After Pulling the Cord

The emergency release cord on your garage door opener provides a manual operation option in case of power outages or malfunctions. However, once you’ve pulled the cord to disengage the door from the opener, resetting it to its automatic function requires a specific process. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to reset your garage door opener after pulling the emergency release cord.

1. Close the Garage Door Manually:

After pulling the emergency release cord, you’ll need to close the garage door manually. Lift the door until it is fully closed and rests on the ground. Ensure it is secure in the closed position.

2. Re-engage the Emergency Release Cord:

Locate the emergency release cord hanging from the garage door opener’s trolley. Pull the cord down and toward the back of the garage to re-engage the door with the opener. You should hear a distinct click, indicating that the release mechanism is now engaged.

3. Lift the Garage Door Slightly:

With the emergency release cord re-engaged, lift the garage door slightly—about waist height. This step ensures that the door is properly reconnected to the carriage on the opener track.

4. Test the Door:

Once the door is lifted slightly, press the wall-mounted button or use the remote control to operate the garage door opener. The door should move smoothly and automatically. Allow it to open fully and then close it to verify that the reconnection is successful.

5. Adjust the Up and Down Limits (if necessary):

In some cases, pulling the emergency release cord may require adjustments to the opener’s up and down limits. If you notice the door doesn’t close completely or opens too far, consult your opener’s manual for instructions on adjusting these limits.

6. Lubricate Moving Parts (Optional):

As a preventive measure, consider lubricating the moving parts of the garage door and opener. Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the rollers, hinges, and other moving components. This helps maintain smooth operation and prolongs the life of the garage door system.

7. Test Safety Features:

After resetting your garage door opener, it’s essential to test its safety features. Place an object, such as a roll of paper towels, in the path of the closing door. The door should automatically reverse if it encounters an obstruction. If not, consult your opener’s manual for instructions on adjusting the safety settings.


Resetting your garage door opener after pulling the emergency release cord is a relatively simple process that ensures the smooth transition from manual to automatic operation. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can reconnect your garage door to the opener and enjoy the convenience of automated door operation. If you encounter any challenges or if the door fails to function correctly after resetting, consider consulting a professional garage door technician for further assistance.