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Automatic Doors 101: Understanding Your Automatic Doors

Telescoping-Automatic-Bronze-DoorAutomatic doors are essential to providing your customers ease of use when entering and exiting your business establishment. Whether a customer is elderly, handicapped, or has a baby in tow, automatic doors provide convenience for everyone. Like most things in life, automatic doors are prone to everyday wear and tear. Having a basic understanding of how your automatic doors work can help you recognize when you need service or repairs before it becomes a bigger and more expensive problem.

How They Work

Science and cutting edge technology play a big part in the operation of automatic doors. Built-in sensors allow automatic doors to open and close for customers with ease. Once the sensor has been triggered, the message is then relayed to the automatic door to open or close. Many doors also have a sensor that allows the customer to safely proceed through the doorway without the door hitting them. The specific mechanics vary per type of automatic door, but basically it is controlled by an electric motor that powers the internal belts to carry out the process of opening and closing the door. The most common types of automatic doors are swinging doors, single sliding doors, and bi-parting doors.

Potential Problems

Sometimes the internal operations that allow the proper opening and closing of the door can malfunction. These door systems can cause injury if not properly maintained and up to current safety standards. Repairs and upgrades can be less costly than taking a chance on a malfunction that can cause injury to a customer or employee. When you have a problem it is imperative to get the service of a professional you can trust. Automatic Door manufacturers recommend that all door systems meet ANSI 156.10 Safety Standards.

There are many things that could go wrong with the operation of your automatic door, including, but not limited to:

  • Door off track or break out was activated
  • Door not opening or closing properly
  • Unsafe speed for opening and closing of doors
  • Sensors not working properly

Professional Assistance

Automatic doors are both welcoming and accommodating to those coming into your place of business, but it is important to keep them maintained. If your automatic doors are not functioning properly, you should turn off the system and call an AAADM Certified Door Company immediately.

The professionals at Vortex have over 150 AAADM certified technicians and they understand when you have a problem, that you need fast and friendly service by an expert technician. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or give us a call at 800-698-6783.

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