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California Law to Require Battery Backups on Garage Door Openers

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Effective July 1, 2019, all garage door openers sold must include a battery backups in California. Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair of San Diego here to help you understand the new law and provide information on backup batteries for your garage door opener.

Why The New Law on Garage Door Openers?

As seen on the news and every social media outlet, California’s wildfires have been spreading out of control for many years now. The dry weather mixed with hot winds push down the humidity which dries out the forest. With just a single lightning strike, a careless camper, or a controlled burn that doesn’t stay controlled, a small fire turns into a huge wildfire engulfing everything in its path.

People are Being Trapped in Their Homes

Unfortunately, homes have been in the path of these large wildfires. According to The Sacramento Bee, at least 5 have perished while being stuck in their garage from being unable to get their garage door opened during a power outage caused by the fires.

California Governor Jerry Brown chose to take immediate action and proposed the bill that required new garage door openers to include a backup battery.

For more information, check out the news article from The Sacramento Bee.

What Is a Backup Battery for a Garage Door?

A backup battery is used for your garage door when the power goes out. This allows your garage door opener to continue to work without having to manually open your garage door. The backup battery can either be mounted inside of your garage door opener’s motor housing or on top of the opener, depending on the model purchased.

What About Older Garage Door Openers?

The law passed in California only requires new garage door openers to include a backup battery. Fortunately, you can still have a backup battery installed in your old garage door opener. Depending on the size of the battery, they can range from roughly $60-$100.

While it may be tempting to install it yourself, give us a call to help you out to ensure it is properly installed and performing correctly.

How to Manually Open a Garage Door

If you don’t have a backup battery installed during a power outage, and you need to get out of your garage, follow these below steps:

  1. Locate your garage door opener and pull down on the emergency release cord
  2. Push the garage door up all the way until it is locked in place at the top of your garage
  3. Move your vehicle out of the garage
  4. Exit your vehicle and pull down the garage door to the ground to close

In the instance that you are physically unable to manually open your garage door during an emergency situation, please call your local emergency line to get immediate assistance.

Call Us Today

When you are ready to have a backup battery installed in your old garage door opener or purchase a new garage door opener, give our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call. We will ensure your new garage door opener is installed with a backup battery to comply with the new law in California to keep you safe if your home is in danger of wildfire.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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