If you’re having a new garage door professionally installed, don’t forget to opt for the garage door battery option. Why would you need a garage door battery for your garage door when it runs on electricity? The answer to that question is simple.
Most garage doors run on electricity the same as any other appliance found in your home. This makes it easy for them to open and close when you need it. However, just like any other appliance in your home, when the electricity goes out, your garage door will no longer open automatically via electric power. This means you’ll have to open the door manually yourself. Talk about a pain in the neck.
Luckily, modern garage doors have options available that allow homeowners to install garage door batteries. These batteries deliver backup power to your garage door during those times when the power goes out. If you have a battery installed, you won’t have to open the door yourself manually. It will operate just as it would when powered by electricity.
It’s not a perfect solution however. Because our battery technology is still quite limited, most batteries will only last for approximately one day before needing recharging. If you open and close your garage door regularly during this time, it may not even last that long.
Generally, you can expect a battery to last 24 hours or 20 cycles, whichever comes first. A cycle involves one door opening and one door closing. 20 cycles is plenty for most people in a 24-hour period, so that shouldn’t be an issue. A 24-hour time limit however is an issue because power outages often last for more than 24 hours. In these situations, the garage battery is a limited convenience device for the short-term. Still, it’s better than nothing.
If you’re having a garage door installed in the living area where power outages are a common occurrence, you may want to opt for the garage door battery option. As explained above, having this option makes opening your garage door a lot easier when your power is out.