Access Control Door Doesn’t Lock? Repair it yourself with this FREE Checklist!

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Access control systems are a popular security measure used in numerous settings- from schools and hospitals to private businesses and government facilities. If there is a problem with your access control system, this simple checklist may help you identify and resolve the issue. If not, our experienced team can provide a fast and professional solution.

For access control system repairs or installation, contact the ai-security team on 01702 476700.

What is an access control system?

Access control systems are a reliable first line of defence against intruders while being convenient for residents, staff and visitors. They manage access by regulating who enters a premise or specific room- authorised personnel only! They also prevent unauthorised people from gaining access to a location, protecting the valuable assets housed inside. 

Common problems with access control systems

Door access controls are a highly reliable system. However, like all pieces of technology, problems can arise. Here are some of the common problems that can occur- not just from system error but also from human mismanagement.

  • Outdated key cards.
  • Poor password or key card management.
  • System error.
  • Door not opening or jammed.
  • Intermittent problem.

Why should you fix impaired systems urgently?

Access control systems allow selected people to quickly and seamlessly enter certain rooms at your building. But if a problem occurs with your system, you may be compromising the security of your premises. Equipment, belongings, personnel and information may be at risk if you’re not protecting them with access control.  That’s why it’s imperative that you urgently repair any faulty system.

Access control system checklist 

If you are experiencing a problem with your door access system, some of the action items on this list may resolve the issue.

Approach door from the public side – Is it locked? 
Is the door completely closed? 
Will it lock if you pull or push the door into the closed position? 
Has the green Breakglass unit been pressed? 
Has the power that controls the lock been interrupted? 
Has anyone purposely or accidentally changed the system programming so that the door is unlocked – for example, it may be unlocked at certain times of the day? 
Has anything happened with the fire alarm system that could cause it to release the door? For example, a recent fire activation or some fire servicing?  
You cannot isolate this fault yourself- call ai-security. 
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Reasons to install access control systems

Businesses and organisations install access control for several reasons, including security, convenience, flexibility and reporting. Here are some of the benefits of installing access control systems: 

Security: Only authorised individuals may enter certain areas, providing a high level of security at your premises.

Cost-effective: If someone loses their key, this could trigger the expensive replacement of specialised keys or entire locks. If someone loses a key card, they can simply be reissued a newly activated device.

Data collection and tracking: These computer-based systems allow organisations to accurately track the movement and activities of people in their building.

Flexibility: Door access systems can be programmed to suit your unique requirements, including adjustments for time restrictions. They can also open automatically when triggered by fire alarms, simplifying safety evacuations.

For access door control repairs or installation, call ai-security

If you have completed the items in our checklist, but the system is still not functioning correctly- call ai-security on 01702 476700. We can also install new systems- enquire about installation here.

No matter your industry, our team can deliver an efficient and high-quality service. The ai-security team has provided cost-effective, robust security solutions for over 30 years across the UK. Contact us today.

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If this article has raised any questions about the safety or security of your small business, now is the time to act. Call ai security today to learn more about CCTV, access control, fire alarms, security barriers and gates, and more.

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