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How to Replace a Broken or Damaged Panic Bar

How to Replace a Broken or Damaged Panic Bar

If you have a commercial building, you likely have a panic bar installed on your exit doors. These devices are critical for ensuring the safety of your employees and customers in case of an emergency. However, over time, panic bars can become worn out or damaged due to frequent use or harsh weather conditions. In these cases, it's important to replace the panic bar to ensure it works properly when you need it most. Here's how to replace a broken or damaged panic bar:

Step 1: Choose the Right Replacement Panic Bar

Before you can replace your panic bar, you need to ensure that you have the right replacement part. Panic bars come in different sizes and shapes, so make sure to measure your current panic bar and choose a replacement that matches the same dimensions. It's also important to choose a panic bar that meets the same safety standards as your current one.

Step 2: Remove the Old Panic Bar

The next step is to remove the old panic bar from the door. To do this, you'll need to unscrew the mounting plates and remove the mounting screws. If your panic bar is attached with bolts, you'll need to remove those as well. Once you've removed all the mounting hardware, you should be able to remove the panic bar from the door.

Step 3: Install the New Panic Bar

With the old panic bar removed, it's time to install the new one. First, attach the mounting plates to the door using the same holes as the old panic bar. Next, place the new panic bar onto the mounting plates and secure it with the mounting screws or bolts. Make sure to tighten the hardware securely to ensure the panic bar is properly attached to the door.

Step 4: Test the New Panic Bar

Once the new panic bar is installed, it's important to test it to ensure it works properly. Open and close the door several times to ensure the panic bar engages and disengages smoothly. Test the latch to make sure it locks securely when the panic bar is engaged. If you notice any issues, you may need to adjust the panic bar or contact a professional for help.

Step 5: Perform Regular Maintenance

To ensure your panic bar stays in good working condition, it's important to perform regular maintenance. This includes cleaning the panic bar and lubricating the moving parts. You should also check the mounting hardware periodically to ensure it's still tight and secure. Regular maintenance can help prevent future issues with your panic bar.


Replacing a broken or damaged panic bar may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and instructions, it can be done quickly and easily. Remember to choose the right replacement part, remove the old panic bar, install the new one securely, and test it to ensure it works properly. With regular maintenance, your new panic bar should provide reliable safety and security for years to come.

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