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Fixing Commercial Sliding Door Problems On Your Own

If you are having issues with the automatic sliding doors at the entrance of your business, you need to act fast. Waiting for repairs to be made could end up costing you a lot of business. Below, you will find a few troubleshooting tips to help you pinpoint the issue and solve the problem yourself.

Chiming Door Alarm

Before you do anything else, try the reset button. The reset button should easily be found on the sides or top of the door. Press the button and hold it for about 30 seconds. This will cause the computer in the door to reset. In many cases, this will fix the problem, but if not, call professional help.

Door Not Getting Power

If the doors aren’t getting any power, the first thing to check is the circuit breaker. The door should be on its own breaker, so it will be easy to see if the breaker has been tripped or not. If it has been tripped, flip it back to the on position. If the breaker is in the on position, try flipping it off for a few seconds and then turn it back on. Check for power. If that didn’t restore power, call for professional assistance. You could have a bad wire or connection somewhere that needs attention immediately.  

Rough Movements

Sliding doors are designed to move smoothly. If they don’t slide open and closed smoothly, there is something that needs to be addressed. To try to fix the problem yourself, follow these steps:

1. Turn off the power at the breaker panel.

2. Open and close the doors manually, looking for signs of resistance in the movement of the door. If you feel resistance, debris could be built up in the tracks, preventing the smooth movement. Be very careful to not pinch your fingers.

3. Examine the tracks for loose weather stripping, grease buildup, and debris. Try cleaning the tracks well, but if your particular model of sliding door requires a lubricant in the track, be sure to relubricate it after it is clean. Try the door. If this didn’t fix the problem, continue on.

4. Check the positioning of the door. Feel around the doors with your hands. There needs to be a bit of space between the door and the walls that it slides between. If the door is misaligned, it will put excess pressure on the entire system and cause the door to slide unevenly. This can cause premature motor failure and the rough movements you are seeing.

5. The last issue that could be causing the rough movements is if the floors or walls are warped. Use a level to check that the floor and walls have not warped or bowed. If they have, you will need professional assistance to make the repair.

Talk with a local commercial door sales and repair technician, like from Steel Doors, for further assistance resolving any issues you are having with your commercial sliding doors.