At Neighborhood Garage Door Service of New Haven, CT, we service every part of your garage door system. This includes the automatic opener located above your garage door. For many people, all they know about this opener is that it pulls the door open when they click a button. Many don’t think about the importance of garage door backup batteries.
Basics of Garage Door Backup Batteries
These backup batteries are a simple rechargeable 12-volt battery that is either part of the opener or added on. While the opener has power, it maintains a charge in the battery. If you experience an outage, the battery will kick in to operate the door until power is restored.
Why Do I Need One?
This handy feature is important to have on your garage door opener because of potential power outages. If your home’s power goes out, your automatic opener won’t function. Garage door backup batteries allow your door to continue operating by powering the motor for a short time.
If you don’t have batteries, you can still operate the door manually. Find the emergency release cord and disengage the automatic opener. This is usually a white cord with a red handle on it.
How Long Do They Last?
For their relatively small size, these batteries have quite a lot of power to them. They can be fully charged in 4-5 hours when plugged in and can last for 24 hours when needed. During that 24 hour window, the battery can perform about 20 full cycles. A cycle is one opening and one closing of the garage door.
Obviously, you’ll want to limit the number of uses of the opener if your power goes out. However, it can easily help you get through a short period of time with now power. It can certainly allow you to get your car out of your garage in a pinch. You’ll know the battery needs replacing or recharging when it begins beeping every 20-30 seconds.
Should I Get One Built-in or Added On?
If you are in the process of considering a new automatic garage door opener, it would probably be best to get one with built-in back batteries. It can cost an additional $50-$60 but will be worth it in the long run. Buying an after-factory batter to install can cost as much as $100 plus the cost to have it professionally installed.
Don’t take the risk of being without a battery when you need it most. Go ahead and spring for the upgraded model of opener that comes equipped with them already. You’ll be glad you did.
Call Us for Installation
Neighborhood Garage Door Service of New Haven, Connecticut works with high-quality garage door manufacturers. If you need a new opener with garage door backup batteries, give us a call right away. One of our technicians will guide you through the process of ordering the opener that’s best for you and your needs. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we’ll get you started!