Understand your opener’s safety features.
Newer garage door openers are required to have a safety release device, a red cord that hangs down from the track. Pull the red emergency cord to disengage the release lever on the garage door opener carriage. And now you will be able to lift the garage door until it is all the way open.
Pulling the release cord and manually opening the garage door can prove to be challenging for the elderly or people with disabilities, which is why having a garage door opener with battery backup can be helpful. We recommend testing this safety feature before an emergency happens to make sure you can manually disconnect and open your garage door.
Know when the operator’s battery is running down.
To help homeowners understand when these systems are functioning correctly, manufacturers may use different signals. Just like your fire alarms, recognize and know the color of the LED Lights, or whether it is flashing or making a beeping sound every few seconds to 30 seconds.
Learn how to replace your battery.
Even though battery backup systems work without electricity, these systems will require homeowners to replace the batteries every 1-2 years or more frequently depending on opener usage and environmental conditions. If your battery system is showing a red LED light, it might be time to replace the battery. For more information, please call us at +1 (858) 547-3600.