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What Is An Automatic Door Opener?

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An automatic door opener or sometimes known as an ADA Door opener or handicap door opener is a type of electrically powered door opening device. Automatic door openers differ from door closers because they use electrical power to drive a dc motor. Standard door closers are strictly hydraulic and mechanical. In this article we explain what an automatic door opener is.


An automatic door opener can be defined as an electro-mechanical device that is mounted on the top of the door frame (top jamb) with a connecting arm that is used to push or pull the door open. Most automatic door openers utilize a microprocessor control board that provides specific voltages to the dc motor in order to control the speed at which the door automatically opens.

Electric Opening, Mechanical Closing

Due to fire code requirements in the USA, a fire door must automatically close. Only a handful of automatic door openers are actually fire rated. The Commander is one of the automatic door openers that is fire rated. With a fire rated automatic door opener the door will open from the voltage supplied to the dc motor. However, when it closes, it uses the mechanical energy from an internal clock spring to gently close the door. This is due to the fact that in the event of power failure, the automatic door opener will still close if there happens to be a fire.

Types Of Automatic Door Openers

Commercial Automatic Door Openers
Commercial automatic door openers are designed with a larger dc motor and heavier duty gearbox design. These door openers will utilize steel gears. Commercial automatic door openers are UL Listed. The Commander automatic door opener is a commercial automatic door opener.

Residential Automatic Door Openers

These automatic door openers are designed with very small low duty dc motor. They often feature small plastic gear components for their gearbox and do not have a closing spring. These door openers are significantly cheaper in cost than the commercial grade automatic door openers

Need An Automatic Door Opener?

If you are in the market for a commercial automatic door opener, then check out our Commander handicap door opener. This automatic door opener is extremely heavy duty, easy to install, UL Listed, and Fire rated. With the Commander automatic door opener you can expect the lowest cost of ownership, because our automatic door opener lasts and you don't have to worry about nickel and dime repairs later on.

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