When it comes to garage door openers, the phrase “local is lekker” absolutely applies. Whatever motor you buy, it will ultimately need to be repaired, and when that time comes, you’ll be glad you bought one with solid backup support and long-term sales of parts and supplies.
Cheap Chinese imports are continuously on the market; while their cheaper prices are appealing, when spare parts are not accessible for a simple problem, it means purchasing a completely new equipment. Although many garage door motors contain parts manufactured in China, there are a few well-known firms that assemble their motors in South Africa and/or have offices in most major towns. So, do your homework or give us a call to learn more about the good, bad, and ugly.
Let’s face it, our friends at Eskom have all left us stranded in some fashion, and the truth is that load shedding is here to stay, on and off, for the foreseeable future.
So, what can you do to avoid getting stuck in or out of your garage? The first alternative is to add an emergency release mechanism, which is required with any automated door installation. The door’s curtain contains an emergency release mechanism with a keyhole facing outwards.
The motor’s emergency release leaver is then connected to this device via a steel cable. When the power goes out, you must insert your key into the mechanism, twist it, and pull it, which will draw the steel cable and remove the door from the motor.
Although emergency release mechanisms are quite effective, they still require you to leave the comfort of your car or home to unlock the door, and then you must physically lift the door. This can be difficult if the door is particularly heavy, and if it refuses to remain open, you’ll need someone else to keep it open while you move your car.
The second alternative is to have your garage door motor powered by a battery backup system. During power outages, you may be comfortable and safe in your car or home while still having access to your garage. Your garage door motor, like gate motors, will need to be able to flip between 220v and 24v and charge your batteries while the 220v is on.
Unfortunately, not all motors are designed to run on 24 volts, and this includes all older type motors. All 220v motors, including the Digi 2, Gemini, Brano, Alladin, and Pro Alpha 2000, are incompatible with a 24v battery backup.
These motors can be powered by advanced UPS systems with inverters, but the cost of these systems is simply too costly to justify going this route. Unless you already have a battery, charger, auto switch, and inverter configured to power other equipment in your home, your only other alternative is to buy a new 24v garage door motor.