Commercial panic bar exit devices are essential for the safety and security of any commercial building. These devices are designed to provide an easy and quick way to exit a building in case of an emergency. However, like any mechanical device, panic bars can malfunction and cause inconvenience and potential safety hazards. In this article, we will discuss how to troubleshoot a malfunctioning commercial panic bar exit device so that you can quickly identify and fix the problem.
The first step in troubleshooting a malfunctioning panic bar is to identify the problem. Some common issues that can occur include:
Once you have identified the problem, you can move on to the next step.
If the panic bar is not opening the door or retracting the latch, it may be due to misalignment. Check the alignment of the panic bar by making sure it is level and properly installed. The mounting screws and bolts should be tight and secure. If the panic bar is misaligned, adjust it as needed to ensure proper function.
If the panic bar is not retracting the latch, it may be due to a problem with the latch mechanism. Check the latch to make sure it is properly aligned and lubricated. If the latch is not working properly, it may need to be replaced.
The dogging mechanism is the part of the panic bar that holds the latch in the retracted position. If the panic bar is making a loud noise or the latch is not staying retracted, it may be due to a problem with the dogging mechanism. Check the dogging mechanism to make sure it is properly aligned and lubricated. If the dogging mechanism is not working properly, it may need to be replaced.
If the panic bar is an electrified device, it may be malfunctioning due to a problem with the power supply. Check the power supply to make sure it is properly connected and providing the correct voltage. If the power supply is not working properly, it may need to be replaced.
If you are unable to identify or fix the problem with your panic bar, it may be time to consult a professional. A qualified technician can diagnose and repair the problem quickly and effectively. Additionally, regular maintenance and inspections by a professional can help prevent future malfunctions and ensure the safety and security of your building.
By following these troubleshooting steps, you can diagnose and fix many common issues with your commercial panic bar exit device. However, if you are unable to fix the problem, it may be time to call in a professional to assess and repair your device. At Automatic Door and Hardware, we offer a wide range of panic bar exit devices and can provide expert installation and repair services to ensure your commercial door is always functioning properly. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.Commercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.
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