International Door & Operator Industry

JAN-FEB 2019

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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homeowner recently purchased a new motor from a dealer or box store (before July 1), [and] then they decide to replace the door (after July 1), we get to give them the news that their operator is illegal and has to be replaced," said LaRose. Problem: A virtual ban on AC motors Since BBUs are available only on openers with DC motors, this new law essentially bans AC GDOs from being sold in the state. Scott O'Neill of Madden Door in Concord, Calif., sees that as a problem. He said that DC motors are not always the best option, particularly on heavier doors. Problem: BBUs are not life-safety equipment DASMA was the only entity that submitted formal opposition to the bill, noting that "garage door openers with backup batteries are not designed to serve as life safety devices." DASMA further argued that "battery backup systems require regular maintenance" and "must be regularly tested and periodically replaced." The California Senate's own analysis of the bill estimated that these batteries typically need to be replaced "every three years." Consequently, in a few short years, we could see (1) many homeowners with BBU units that don't operate, and (2) a large demand for replacement batteries. O'Neill added that the law essentially "defeats the safety of knowledge," since the perceived comfort of a BBU may decrease consumers' knowledge of how to open the door manually by disengaging an operator from the door. As BBUs age and deplete their charge, Californians will continue to need that basic knowledge of how to operate their door manually. "This is California" One San Diego-area dealer showed the law's provisions to one of his techs, whose first reaction was: "That's stupid." Since California has a reputation for "ridiculous" laws, this new law can get door dealers' eyes rolling. As Currier noted, "It's no surprise that businesses are leaving California in droves." "Whatever the logic is behind the decision, it is poor," said a dealer in San Diego. "But I'm not surprised," he added. "After all, this is California." GDOs with BBUs Many manufacturers are ready for California Here is the history of the introduction of battery backup capabilities on residential garage door openers, according to announcements published in Door + Access Systems magazine. 2003 LiftMaster introduces its Battery Backup System Model 475LM. 2004 Marantec America announces the Energie-Pac battery backup system. 2006 LiftMaster announces the LiftMaster 3850, "the only garage door opener with an integrated battery backup." 2012 Linear introduces its Battery Backup Unit (BBU) for the LDCO800. 2012 Genie announces its Battery Backup that can be purchased with or without an opener. The feature is later added to Overhead Legacy 920 openers. 2014 Skylink announces "the first backup battery that also provides lighting." 2015 Guardian demonstrates at Expo its Model 716 GDO with battery backup. 2016 Sommer unveils at Expo its evo+ and pro+ GDOs with optional battery pack. ATA Dominator Advance Genie 3120 Guardian 715BBU LiftMaster WLED Linear LDCO852 Marantec Synergy 370 OHD Legacy 920 Skylink Atoms with BA-100 Sommer evo+ 46 International Door & Operator Industryâ„¢ Reprinted from Door + Access Systems magazine Fall Issue 2018 (continued from page 45)

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