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One Way to Reduce Automatic Door Repair Costs

October 12, 2016 /


With the cold weather approaching, building managers are well aware that a broken- down door can lead to frozen pipes, frozen employees, and unhappy customers – not to mention increased heating costs and expensive emergency repairs.

What can you do to reduce this risk? Implement a preventative maintenance program for your doors.

By identifying minor repairs before costly breakdowns occur and avoiding same-day emergency service, you’ll capture significant operations savings and keep your customers moving.

What to Expect During a Preventative Service Appointment

There are two major components of preventative maintenance –

  • Performing service that helps prevent wear-and-tear
  • Identifying the need for minor repairs.

Here’s what to expect from a technician*:

Inspect all components of the door for signs of wear – including the threshold as well as rollers, upper and lower bearings, operators, shafts, arms, and guides.

Secure handrails at floor and doorjamb.

Tighten door tracks, arms, bottom guides, and rollers. The components should be level, aligned, and clean.

Lubricate all drive rods, chains, rollers, bearings, and pivots as needed. Ensure the drive train is properly aligned, installed, and secured.

Calibrate door speeds, motion sensors, and safety features. Verify sensor patterns through a “walk test” and visual inspection of the equipment.

Clean the clean door header and track.

Repair or Replace worn items, such as decals, handicap operators, or mechanical components upon approval.

How Often Should Preventative Service be Performed?

NABCO recommends preventative service 2x per year to ensure that doors continue to operate smoothly. In most climates, you’ll want to schedule preventative maintenance in the fall to keep doors running smoothly through the holiday season and again in spring to remove salt build-up as well as look for wear and tear from the ice and snow.


*Use only AAADM-certified technicians to service your NABCO doors. They’re trained extensively in the operation and maintenance of automatic doors.