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Should I Install an Garage Door Opener That Has a Battery Backup?

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Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team gets questions about what happens to your garage door opener when the power is out. We thought you might want to know what the options are to be prepared for when that happens. Being prepared for an emergency will always make those moments easier.

There are many things we have no control over in life. Things like bad weather, power outages, fire, or a personal emergency happen. When these events occur there is a possibility of your garage door not working. You won’t be able to get your car in or out of your garage easily unless you have a backup system. Do you need to consider getting a backup system for your garage door for those moments?

Do You Need a Backup System?

Garage door backup systems have been built into many garage door openers manufactured since 2006. Check to be sure a backup system isn’t already included in your system. If your garage door opener does not have a backup system it can easily be added. There are no ‘generic’ options. The backup system must be made by the manufacturer that produced your system. Some backup systems are installed inside the housing of your garage door opener. Others will use a backup system that is a 12-volt battery installed above the garage door opener.

How Long Will the Backup System Last?

A built-in backup system will usually provide power for 24 hours. A battery backup system will open and close your door up to 10 times. Recharging time for a battery backup system runs around 4.5 hours. A battery added back up system can be expected to last 1 to 3 years. When it is time for battery replacement, the system will alert you. You’ll hear a ‘beep’ and will see an orange light flashing.

What Are The Advantages of Having a Backup System?

A backup system is easy to set up. For openers already set up for a backup system all you need to do is plug them in. That’s it! If your back up system has a separate battery it will be mounted on or above the garage door opener. Then plug the battery into your system and it’s ready to go.

The system is easy to operate. There is no need to manually disengage the garage door. All you need to do is push the button as you normal, and the door will open or close.

What Will be Different?

When the door is in backup mode the door will open and close slower than normal. The work light will not work on most back up systems. Both of these are your system trying to save its energy.

Give Us A Call

Do you have more questions about garage door back up systems and how you can be better prepared? If so, give the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call. We are here to help in any way we can, and we look forward to your call.

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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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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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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.
~Joyce N

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