Doors are an important part of any building and often overlooked considering how big their workload is. There are a lot of individual components in your doors that go through quite a lot of wear and tear, and it is important that when you notice an issue with them that you get it fixed before it gets any worse. The last thing you want is to have to totally replace the door when it could have been fixed up a lot earlier. Here are three early warning signs that tell you you need to call a door repair professional.
Most doors swing open and close on the back of hinges that connect them to the door frame. After a lot of time supporting the entire weight of the door, it is not unusual for these hinges to start sagging due to the weight. When this happens, it can scuff up your floor, causing scratches and other unpleasant markings on the wood, tile, and even carpet. Luckily, most of the time this kind of door repair is quite easy and simple to do. If the hinge is beyond saving, it will be replaced and potentially a new anchor will have to be drilled into the door frame, but that is about as far as it goes.
The most common part of a door breaking down is the internal locking mechanism, simply because it is the most complicated. Sometimes this isn't even that big of a deal, and the door will still function normally and you will just have to avoid locking it or jiggle the door handle a little to get the lock back into position. The risk you are taking here is that the lock will one day shut in place, stopping you from opening the door and potentially locking you in. Don't take that risk; get a door repair expert in and have your door behaving normally once again.
Automatic Door Sensor
For businesses that have automatic doors at the front (which is most of them these days), it is important that you make sure your sensors are always in tip-top condition. If you start getting complaints about the door taking a few tries to open (as in the customer has to wave or jump up and down to trigger the sensor), then immediately call for a fix as this will be a big discouragement for return business. These sensors can be very finicky, and trying to fiddle with them until they work without an expert present is fraught with risk.