When you own a commercial building and you rely on a powered, automatic sliding door to give your customers and clients access to the building, things can become complicated very quickly if that door doesn't work the way that it should. Here, you'll find a few things to check before calling out for professional repairs.

Check the Tracks

The very first thing to do is to check the tracks that the doors slide across. If there is too much dirt, grease, and debris built up in the tracks, it could prevent the door from opening and closing smoothly — it could eventually stop the door from moving at all.

Get a flashlight, a cleaning cloth, bucket, degreaser, and small cleaning brush, like a toothbrush. Clean the tracks on both the top and bottom of the door. Use the cleaning brush to reach underneath the door to the underside of the door as best you can. The stuff that is stuck on the track is also stuck on the underside of the door that glides across the tracks.

Once you've finished cleaning, let it dry, apply some fresh lubricant and test the door. It may take a few times of opening and closing before the lubricant completely coats the moving parts, so be patient. If this doesn't work, continue to the next step.

Inspect the Frame

There are lots of things that can cause a frame to flex, shift, or reposition itself. If the frame isn't square, the door will not operate well. Get a level and check to make sure that each of the four sides of the door frame are flush, including the floor. If you find that the frame is no longer square, you're going to have to find out what has caused it to shift. Often times, water damage can cause the problem, but you'll have to pinpoint where the water came from and how extensive the damage is.

At this point, it may be best to call in a professional for assistance. Removing the door, truing up the frame, and re-installing the door is a big job and if you don't do it right, you'll make things even worse for yourself.

Talk with your local door repair technician for assistance with troubleshooting and getting the repairs that the door may need. Hopefully, the above tips get the door operating again, but if not, know that there are professionals out there that can.

For more information about door repair, contact a company like AMPM Door Service, INC.