If you own an indoor entertainment venue, chances are you use magnetic locks to provide a secure locking system for your escape rooms or adventure games. While these locks are generally reliable, they can experience issues over time. To help you troubleshoot and repair your magnetic locks, we’ve put together this how-to guide.
Step 1: Identify the Problem Before you start troubleshooting
It’s essential to determine the problem. Common issues with magnetic locks include faulty power supply, damaged magnets, misaligned locking mechanisms, or malfunctioning control circuits.
Step 2: Check the Power Supply If the lock isn’t functioning at all
Check the power supply first. Make sure that the lock is receiving the correct voltage and that the wiring isn’t damaged. If the power supply is faulty, you may need to replace it.
Step 3: Inspect the Magnet If the power supply isn’t the issue
Inspect the magnet for physical damage, such as cracks or breaks. If the magnet is damaged, it will need to be replaced.
Step 4: Check the Alignment If the magnet is functioning correctly
Check the alignment of the locking mechanism. If the metal plate isn’t aligned correctly, it may not engage properly with the magnet, causing the lock to fail. Adjust the alignment as necessary to ensure that the metal plate is in the correct position.
Step 5: Test the Control Circuit If the lock still isn’t functioning properly
Test the control circuit using a multimeter to ensure that it’s sending the correct voltage to the lock. If the control circuit is malfunctioning, it may need to be replaced.
Step 6: Replace the Lock if Necessary If none of these troubleshooting steps resolve the issue
It may be necessary to replace the lock. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions or contact a professional locksmith for assistance in replacing the lock.
At Intelligent Entertainment, we specialize in creating premium-themed indoor entertainment, including escape rooms, mini golf courses, and our latest project, ‘Agent Factory.’ We use 12W magnetic locks in our projects and have become experts in setting up and modifying them. Our magnetic lock activation and control take place within a custom corporate HTML application, which allows us to check each lock’s connectivity and edit its function. If we find that a lock isn’t working properly, we check its alignment and inspect the magnet for physical damage.
Our state-of-the-art electrical board has safety predictions for the correct function of each prop that has a magnetic lock mounted, making it practically impossible for power supply issues to emerge. Rest assured that if you entrust Intelligent Entertainment with the task of creating a game for your indoor entertainment venue, you won’t have to worry about troubleshooting magnetic lock issues ever again!