Pinpointing Problems With Automatic Doors To Find Solutions

Automatic doors add convenience and efficiency to any business. They alleviate the complications of getting through the doors while carrying things and prevent doors from being left open allowing the heat or cool air to escape from the building. Unfortunately, they can have problems from time to time. This guide will show you how to troubleshoot your commercial automatic doors to assist in possibly repairing the problem or pinpointing what the problem is so that repairs can be made more quickly.

Sounding Alarm

Most automatic doors are equipped with alarms that will alert you if something is wrong with them. If the alarm is sounding, the first thing to try is pressing and holding the reset button for 30 seconds. This will reset the alarm and the computer. After a minute or so, the door should reset. If the alarm sounds again, there is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed.

Rough Movements

If the door isn't opening and closing smoothly, there could be a few different things causing the problem. Start by turning off the power to the door. This should be done at the breaker panel or by unplugging the door. Now, open the door manually. Do you feel any resistance during the movement? If so, there could be debris in the track keeping it from moving smoothly.

Take a look at the guide track. Do you see debris, a build-up of grease or weather stripping that has come loose? If so, clean the tracks, adjust the weather stripping and apply a fresh coat of lubricant if your particular model of door requires the tracks to be lubricated. Try the door once more – did this fix the issue? If so, great! If not, continue working to find the problem.

Two other problems can prevent the door from moving smoothly – warped flooring or walls and poor positioning of the door.

Examine the floor and walls around the door – does everything appear to be perfectly level? If not, there is some work that needs to be done that is going to be a relatively big project. At this point, it is probably in your best interest to call in the professionals for help. Moisture may have caused the flooring or walls to warp and the repairs can require removal of the warped materials.

If the door wasn't installed properly, there may not be enough space around it to allow the door to open and close smoothly. The door needs enough space to avoid rubbing against any building materials. If it rubs on the floor or above the door, the motor will become stressed and can quit working much more quickly. Open and close the door watching closely for any areas where the door may rub. This is another repair that is best left to the professionals.

If you cannot pinpoint the problem with your door, get assistance from your local automatic door specialist such as Allied Door Controls and Glass Inc.