In California, a law was passed in September of 2018 requiring all newly purchased and installed garage door openers in residential applications have a battery back-up.
Senate Bill 969 goes into effect in July of 2019.
The law came as a response to the wildfires in California. The intent is that garage doors will open in the case of a power outage.
In the event of a fire, evacuating quickly means access to your car so you can drive to safely. If your garage door will not open since the power has gone out, you have a big problem.
This bill will help to ensure garage door openers include a battery backup so that they will still operate if there is no power.
You can read more about the bill here.
If you are wondering how to open your garage door if the power goes out, here are a few simple steps:
- Make sure the power source is cut off from the garage door opener.
- Ensure the garage door is closed all the way.
- Pull the emergency cord. This will disconnect the garage door from the opener. The emergency cord should be a red cord hanging from or near the opener.
- Lift the garage door up until the door is open all the way.
- As long as your garage door springs are balanced (this is why regular maintenance is essential!), the door should open easily. If it is not easy to open, you’ll know it’s time for a tech to come out and inspect the door.
- To close the door, simply close the door carefully until it’s fully closed.
- If you are manually operating the door, once closed you’ll want to lock it. To do this, slide the lock bar until securely.
- Once closed, you can reconnect the power source to operate automatically. Make sure the door is unlocked before opening it with your garage door opener.