Electric gates are immensely useful in a wide range or premises and environments, , discouraging potential intruders with a valuable layer of extra security, while also providing a beautiful aesthetic value to the look of the space. However, the security benefits that your electric gates provide depend on them being in full working order, so it’s always worth taking the time to set up a regular maintenance schedule with specialist.
What problems can develop with automated gates?Since automated gates are generally situated in outdoor locations, that means they’re permanently exposed to the elements, so their mechanisms will eventually degrade if left long enough without professional attention. Here are some of the specific problems that can develop:
1. It won’t open or closeWe’ve covered the potential causes of a non-opening gate in a previous post. It could be a power outage, or it might simply be because your gate’s photocells are being blocked. Take particular care to check the photocells before you call out an engineer, or it could end up being a very expensive (and largely pointless) callout!
2. Faulty remoteSometimes the issue isn’t with the gate itself, but rather the remote or triggering system. Handheld remote controls for electric gates have to be kept in a good condition for the gate to stay in good working order. If they’re not opening for some reason, then the batteries of your remote are a good place to start checking. If that’s not the issue though, then you may need to speak to an expert.
3. Track problemsIf your gate is jerky or not opening and closing as it should, then it might be an issue not with the power or the sensors, but rather with the actual track it runs along. This one definitely needs the input of a professional. In the meantime, try and avoid using the gate as much as you can, to avoid making the issue worse. All of these problems mean that you may need to get your gate checked by an electric gate automation technician, regardless of whether the gate is for commercial or residential use.
What will a technician check?Preventative maintenance does wonders for keeping your gates moving fluidly, cutting down on the risk of expensive and time-consuming breakdowns. These are some of the things a technician will check during an inspection:
- Inspect the physical integrity of the gate(s)
- Check the hinges and stops, adding lubricant if required. If these hinges become damaged or worn, they can damage the gate’s stability and mechanism
- Check that the torque is set to manufacturer’s recommended safety levels
- Check and lubricate the arm fixing and the automation system to make sure it is operating correctly
- Inspect the underground box and drainage
- Check the welds for any potential fractures
- Check the electronic control box seal for leaks
- Check and test all cable connections, making sure to test any electronic equipment to make sure nothing has been damaged by pests or water damage.
- All safety measures will be tested, including obstacle detection systems and warning devices.