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Question DetailsAsked on 1/4/2016

how much should it cost to switch an auto door opener from one door to another

The auto/handicap door opener is on the wrong door at my office. It opens the "exit door" instead of the entrance door. So auto opener box and wiring needs to be moved to the top of the other door, a few inches over.

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Depends on construction of course - because wires are going to have to be run to the new location. I would guess probably about $200-300 range if fairly easy to run wiring, possibly to $500-600 range if means breaking into wall to do so (so needs drywall/painting repair also). Can easily run into $1000 range or more if requires adding a push-button in an adjacent wall, by the time you handle all the intaerior or exterior wall repair costs - in that case usually the wiring is run in architectural conduit (concealed track like is used in cubicle offices) to avoid tearing into the walls.

One thing - if you are talking an office environment requiring handicapped accessibility, check on accessibility laws in your area. For low-traffic volume uses (typically regs call for less than 50 or 100 people / day traffic volume), some areas allow the handicapped opener to be on only the outward-swinging door (which can be pushed open in the event of power failure). It is generally illegal to require handicapped persons use an "in" door for egress, both because it is confusing for them in an emergency, and also because of the difficulty of opening it manually.

Because it is very difficult for a person in a wheelchair or with walker or such to open an inward-opening door, in this situation the outward swinging door is the one so rigged to allow for emergency escape when power is out. Of course, it needs a push button to open it on both sides, proper handicapped signage, and the outdoor push button has to be in a location (typically on a side wall) where the person is clear of the door when it opens.

For higher traffic volume situations and larger building then all entrance and exit doors would have to have openers.

State handicapped/accessibility office or local building department should be able to help you on the requirements - an automatic door installation company should be able to handle necessary installation.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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