The arrival of winter often brings forth a picturesque landscape of snow-covered surroundings. But, as poetic as it may seem, winter comes with challenges, especially for machinery and equipment like your automatic doors.
Think of them as you would your vehicle; they, too, need some winter preparation to combat the chill. Let’s explore how to ensure your doors don’t give you the cold shoulder during these frosty months.
Prioritize Regular Maintenance
The importance of routine check-ups can’t be stressed enough when it comes to ensuring the longevity and smooth operation of your doors.
Regularly Lubricate Moving Parts
Temperature drops can lead to the contraction of metal components, potentially causing the door mechanism to become less responsive. Regularly applying quality lubricant to the moving parts, such as rollers, tracks, and hinges, ensures their seamless operation and significantly reduces the chances of wear and tear over time.
Ensure the Door Track is Free from Debris
Winter can be messy. Snow, ice, and even the salt used to melt ice can find their way into the door’s tracks, causing potential obstructions. Inspecting and cleaning the tracks periodically can ensure your doors remain obstruction-free and function efficiently.
Stay Vigilant for Weather-Related Damages
Even the most durable automatic doors aren’t immune to the harsh conditions winter can bring.
Periodically Inspect Seals and Weather Stripping
The cold air of winter has a sneaky way of finding its way indoors. If your door’s seals or weather stripping are worn out, your interiors might get drafty. This can also increase your heating bills as your system works harder to maintain indoor temperatures. Ensure you inspect and replace these components when they show signs of wear.
Prompt Snow and Ice Removal
A thick blanket of snow or layer of ice may look pretty, but they can obstruct your door’s sensors and add undue weight to its structure. Ensure you regularly clear snow and ice, especially around door entrances and sensors.
Proactive Upgrades Can Make a Difference
Think About Cold-Weather Hydraulic Fluids
Certain hydraulic fluids are designed to perform optimally in colder climates. If your area is known for particularly harsh winters, switching to a hydraulic fluid that remains fluid even at low temperatures might be a good idea.
Battery Backups Can Be Lifesavers
Winter storms can sometimes result in power outages. Installing battery backups for your automatic doors ensures they stay functional during power cuts, offering continuous safety and accessibility.
Cypress Door and Glass: Your Go-To for Winter Door Solutions
Ensuring your automatic doors can withstand winter’s challenges might seem overwhelming, but it’s entirely manageable with the right care and proactive approach.
And when you need a helping hand, remember that Cypress Door and Glass is at your service. Our dedicated team covers you from regular maintenance and repairs to expert consultations and upgrades. Let’s join forces this winter to ensure your doors remain as welcoming and functional as ever. Don’t wait for the chill to set in; get in touch today and let us bring warmth, safety, and smooth functionality to your doors all season long!