Can a UPS designed for a home office work for a residential garage door opener?
Question by questionmarkinthedark: Can a UPS designed for a home office work for a residential garage door opener?
The only door to my garage is the one opened by the garage opener. I want to store my earthquake supplies in there, but if the power is out, I won't be able to open the door to get inside the garage. The garage door opener manufacturer does not offer a battery back-up option. If I can open the door from the outside just once, then I could pull the emergency release and open/close the door by hand. It's getting in the garage the first time when the power is out that's the problem.
Answer by Chris S
Two options. First, you can have a vault release installed in your door. It's a keylock that enables you to disengage the door from the opener in the event of a power outage. Any garage door company should be able to help you.
Second, you can replace the opener with one that has a battery back up. Chamberlain makes a good one (also branded as Sears and Liftmaster) that uses a DC motor, and has a built-in battery backup that will run the door for at least 24 hours.
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