About Panic Bars
Panic bar locks also called push bars, exit devices and crash bars, are commonly used in commercial and institutional buildings. These devices are designed to let you unlock the door with one pushing action by crashing into the door. These locks are usually installed on emergency exits since they are fire code compliant.
Panic bar locks come in many designs, finishes and prices. The price of panic bar locks can range from $150 to over $2,000 and there is a wide variety of brands and levels of quality. If you are replacing an existing panic bar lock it is better to replace it with a panic bar lock that uses the same door prep holes, this way you wont have to drill new holes and cover the old ones.
Most of the times when panic bar locks break they can be fixed. Make sure that you call a locksmith that has a wide panic bar lock repair experience, because the inexperienced ones might try to sell you a new one when all it takes is an easy fix to get it working again.