Automatic Door Maintenance

Glass frontage and automatic door maintenance

Why does automatic door maintenance matter? Ensuring the safety of your customers, visitors, and staff should be your top priority while they are on your premises. Don’t wait for a major issue to occur before addressing any concerns with your automatic doors. Regular maintenance not only saves you money on repairs but also prevents potential problems caused by neglect. Keep in mind that investing in the maintenance of your automatic doors is a smart choice that guarantees the well-being and happiness of everyone who comes into your business.


What responsibilities do I have when it comes to maintaining automatic doors?

European and British legislation regulates the use of automatic doors to ensure safety. Automatic doors must be operated safely, with maintenance following the manufacturer’s instructions.

The BS EN 16005 standard is widely accepted as the minimum requirement for employee and user safety, although it is not a legal document. Failure to maintain automatic doors properly could result in legal consequences if an accident occurs.


Taking Care of Your Automatic Doors

It is crucial to ensure the safety of all powered doors by conducting regular inspections. Whether it’s you or a site manager, someone must take responsibility for these checks. It is essential for the person in charge to receive proper training on operating automatic doors and handling emergencies.

However, it’s important to understand that these routine inspections cannot replace the expertise of a professional qualified servicing engineer. Their regular checks are necessary to ensure the doors are in optimal condition.  

As the person in charge of the building, it is your duty to conduct a weekly safety inspection. This involves thoroughly examining the door and its surroundings. Never assume that the door is functioning perfectly. The purpose of the inspection is to identify any issues and address them promptly. Stay vigilant and be prepared for any potential faults in your door system.


Essential Maintenance for Automated Doors

Regular upkeep plays a vital role in maintaining the optimal performance of automatic doors. Although an annual check-up by a skilled technician is the bare minimum, certain companies choose to go the extra mile with bi-annual servicing to ensure utmost tranquility. This not only guarantees the smooth functioning of all components but also acts as a safeguard against any potential wear and tear in the long run.

By staying on top of maintenance, you can keep your automatic doors operating reliably and compliant with regulations, while also reaping the benefits of a fully functional entrance.


Quick Automatic Checklist – read more

Make sure to perform the necessary safety checks for automatic sliding doors.

  • Ensure the door area is clear of any obstructions effecting operation
  • Inspect door for any broken, cracked or damaged glass
  • Test all manual and remote activation switches, sensors, and emergency stop buttons
  • Check that the door opens smoothly without delay and closes without impact
  • Make sure there are no hazards near the door
  • Use a test area to check door movement and sensors according to BS EN 16005 standards


What could happen if you neglect to maintain and service my automatic doors?

By neglecting the recommended safety checks and failing to maintain a current servicing schedule, you are putting your business, staff and visitors at risk. If your automatic door malfunctions, it could deter customers and visitors from entering your establishment.

A faulty door poses a serious health and safety hazard to both employees and visitors. Remember, providing automatic access is often necessary for disabled individuals. Failing to keep these doors operational could result in difficulties and prevent wheelchair users from accessing your premises.

To prevent these issues, it is crucial to establish a regular maintenance routine for your automatic doors.

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