downtown Hamilton, Ontario in winter

How to Prepare Your Automatic Doors to Withstand a Harsh Winter

Winter is coming, and for businesses in Hamilton, Burlington, and the GTA, this means snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Such conditions can wreak havoc on your automatic doors if you’re not prepared. So how do you winterize your automatic doors effectively? City Automatics is here to guide you through the essential steps to ensure that your automatic doors operate smoothly all winter long.

The Importance of Winterizing Automatic Doors

Before we dive into the how-to, let’s discuss why winterizing your automatic doors is crucial. Cold weather can impact the functionality of automatic doors in several ways:

  • Sluggish Operation: The mechanical parts can slow down in low temperatures.
  • Ice Build-Up: Accumulated ice can interfere with door movement and sensors.
  • Energy Loss: Poorly insulated doors can result in heat loss, leading to higher energy bills.

By taking preventative measures, you can mitigate these issues and ensure that your doors remain functional and efficient throughout the winter months.

Check and Replace Weather Stripping

One of the first steps to winterizing your automatic doors is to check the weather stripping. Worn-out or damaged weather stripping can lead to drafts and energy loss. Replace any damaged weather stripping and consider adding an extra layer for enhanced insulation.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Cold weather can make moving parts stiff and slow, impeding the smooth operation of your automatic doors. Use a silicone-based lubricant to grease the moving parts, ensuring they operate smoothly. Avoid using petroleum-based lubricants, as these can gum up and attract dust.

Clear and Maintain Sensors

Sensors can become less effective due to accumulated snow, ice, or dirt. Make sure to keep the area around the sensors clear and regularly wipe the sensors with a soft cloth to ensure they are free of obstructions.

Inspect Heating Elements

Some automatic doors come equipped with heating elements to prevent ice build-up. If your doors have this feature, make sure they are in good working condition. Consult the manufacturer’s manual or seek expert advice from City Automatics if you’re unsure about how to inspect or maintain the heating elements.

Test Manual Overriding Systems

Winter storms and power outages are more common during the colder months. Ensure that your manual override systems are working correctly so you can still operate the doors in case of an emergency.

Consult Professionals for a Winter Maintenance Check

It’s always a good idea to have your automatic doors inspected by professionals before winter sets in. City Automatics offers comprehensive winter maintenance checks that include all the above steps and more, ensuring your automatic doors are winter-ready.

Bottom Line

Winterizing your automatic doors is not just a precautionary step; it’s a necessity for businesses in areas like Hamilton, Burlington, and the GTA where winters can be harsh. Taking the time to winterize can save you money in the long run by reducing energy costs and minimizing the need for emergency repairs.

For a comprehensive winter maintenance check or for more advice on preparing your automatic doors for winter, don’t hesitate to contact City Automatics. We’re here to ensure that your automatic doors operate smoothly, no matter the season. 

City Automatics specializes in the sales, installation, and maintenance of automatic doors in Hamilton, Burlington, and the GTA. We pride ourselves on offering top-notch customer service and high-quality products. Contact Us today for all your automatic door needs.