5 Ways to Reduce Automatic Door Repair Costs

Before the invention of motion sensors in the 1970s, the idea of automatic doors belonged to the world of science fiction. Never mind that the sliding doors on the USS Enterprise were operated manually by stagehands—they were the future.

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Motion sensors started a boom in popularity for automatic doors, which offered better security control, easier access for people with mobility issues and a more convenient user experience. Today they are found everywhere, in offices, public buildings, retail stores and residential premises. But there's no denying that they are expensive to buy, install and repair.

Here are just 5 ways in which professional automatic door services can help you keep the lid on cost:

Preventative Maintenance

Just like anything mechanical, automatic doors won't perform perfectly forever. Over time, parts wear out or develop faults. The best time to solve any issues is as soon as they become evident, but before they become a problem. Don't wait for a major malfunction, which will not only give you significant inconvenience, but will also be costly to fix. Routine maintenance visits from an automatic door services company will identify developing faults early. It may be that there are certain small parts you can replace yourself with, but it's always best to act on the advice of professionals.

Extended Warranties

Aside from being an attractive extra, extended warranties have become an important aspect of the car market. That's because they offer a cost-effective form of insurance against mechanical breakdown. You should seriously consider taking out a similar extended warranty on your automatic doors. Even if you don't need to claim on it, it's an inexpensive way to give yourself peace of mind, but the chances are it will prove very useful at some point.

Keep Them Clean

You might not be qualified to maintain the internal mechanisms, but you can certainly make sure that all the accessible components are kept clean and free of debris. Check for any obstructions to their smooth operation, make sure moving parts are kept lubricated. Remember that the doors are controlled by sensors, so keep an eye on their condition: if they become dirty, they will lose their effectiveness, and the doors will cease responding appropriately. A simple cleaning routine will keep them functioning.

Signage

Don't assume that everyone coming through your doors knows how to treat them. Constant use will eventually and inevitably lead to a decline in performance, but if they are mistreated by the people using them, that decline will accelerate. You should put up clear signs instructing people what to do and what not to do when entering or leaving the building. Make people aware of what kind of door it is—sliding, hinged, revolving. Tell them not to try to speed up the movement of a door by pushing it and warn them to keep clear if it's closing. People can cause serious but completely avoidable damage.

Keep a Log

Keep track of all incidents, faults, and disruptions, as well as service reports. Even though some details seem unimportant at the time, they may signal a much larger problem in the future. Make sure you plan ahead and pay attention to the details.

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