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5 Signs You Probably Need to Replace Your Automatic Door Opener

Updated: May 19

One devastating breakdown can quickly transform your business from a relaxing haven to a customer service nightmare — and thanks to Murphy’s Law, these unexpected moments almost always happen at the most inopportune times (like right before a management visit. Yikes!).

The last thing you need is a broken automatic door closer. But what if something goes wrong? Pay attention to these five warning signs to catch (and repair or replace!) your Automatic door opener Vancouver (or door closer as some say) before it's too late.


1. Oil Leaking

If you see black oily spots on your floor near the door, or around the motor shaft it's a sign that your automatic door system needs to be replaced. The oil is a sign that the motor is not working properly and in most cases replacing the motor will be cheaper than repairing it. Keeping the door operator in this condition can lead to all sorts of problems, including a noisy door, fast opening, and closing which is not safe and can cause injuries, unwanted door actions, and ultimately the door opener breaking down completely. if you see oil leaking from the door operator, it's a clear sign that's its time to replace it.


2. Door is Slow to Open or Close

If your automatic door opener is taking longer than usual to open or close, it's a sign that the motor is struggling and needs to be replaced. In some cases, you may be able to repair the motor, but in most cases, it will be more cost-effective to replace the door opener. The Same is true for a door that is opening quickly or faster than it should.




3. Door Remain Open

A clear indication that you should check your automatic door operator is in case that the door remains open after the initial opening and doesn't close automatically, it's likely that the door opener's sensors, the motor, or the electric board are not working properly. In this case, ask your certified technician to come in for a quick check and replace the door opener if needed.


4. Strange Noises

If your automatic door is making strange noises it's a sign that something is wrong. The door should open and close smoothly without any noise. In most cases, these strange noises are caused by a loose chain or gear, but they can also be a sign of a more serious problem such as a faulty motor. If you hear strange noises coming from your automatic opener, it's best to have it checked by a certified technician.


5. Door Doesn't Open or Close Completely

If the door doesn't open or close completely, it's likely that the sensors are not working properly. In some cases, you may be able to adjust the sensors, but in most cases, you will need to replace the door opener.

If your door opener starts making strange noises, it's time to take action. It could lead to a complete breakdown and in some cases to a safety hazard.



Don't wait too long

Automatic doors are a great convenience, but like anything else, they require regular maintenance and eventually need to be replaced. If you see any of the warning signs listed above, it's best to replace your door opener before it's too late.

Scheduling an automated door technician for a visit can be easy with the help of a commercial door company. They can come to your business, diagnose the problem, and recommend the best course of action for your automatic door. However, it may take a few weeks and in some cases, well over a month. So it is highly recommended not to wait too long to call a technician.

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