Known as the Door Operator Guru, Roy Bardowell is one of the most respected and knowledgeable men in the garage door and operator industry. His special passion for residential garage door, commercial door and gate operators leaves an impression on everyone he meets. Roy's training sessions at IDA Expos are always the one of the most widely attended sessions. He has been recognized by IDEA with the "Commitment to Excellence Award" and is an IDEA Certified Door Dealer Consultant. Roy is a member of the tech service team at Micanan Systems. He was Operations Manager at Guardian until 2012. We hope that you find Roy's articles informative and entertaining. Feel free to leave your comments for Roy.
by Roy Bardowell, CDDC
Most people take their modern overhead garage doors for granted. They forget there was a time when entering their garage involved much more than using a remote control while cruising into their driveway. But the fact is that your garage door opener works on electricity and all it takes is a power outage to force you to open and shut the door manually; which was what everyone used to do before automatic garage door openers became the norm.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can always install a battery backup (BBU) for your garage door’s opening system or upgrade to a newer door operator that will more likely incorporate a BBU option. If you live in California you must by state law employ a door operator which has a battery backup function.
Let’s take a detailed look at why it’s important to have a battery backup for your garage door opener.
The door opener may be hardwired into your home’s electrical system or it may be plugged into an electrical outlet. If someone hits a power pole or if the circuit breaker trips, the power outage will prevent you from opening up your garage door with electricity, unless you have a battery backup.
A storm can cause a power outage, making it difficult for you to get out of your home. If you are planning on driving out at that moment of time, you will find that the garage door is non-functional. Even after the storm has passed, you will have to wait for the power to be restored before you can open up the garage door.
In the event of a blizzard or storm, you don’t want to be stuck outside your house with kids only because some of the local power lines are down. You want to ensure that your family is back to the safety of your home, and having easy and quick access to your garage is crucial at times like this. When you have battery backup for your garage, this is something you will be able to do without any trouble.
Roy Bardowell, CDDC, is a member of the tech support team at Micanan Systems. He served as Operations Manager at Guardian Access & Door Hardware until 2012. He has been in the door and operator industry since 1973 and is known as one of the industry’s most experienced operator technicians and trainers. Roy received the IDEA Commitment to Excellence award in 2008 and IDA’s Jerry R. Reynolds Volunteer Service Award in 2017. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org