Why isn’t my gate’s remote control working? 3 possible reasons

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For over 30 years here at Gate Auto, we’ve been providing our customers with automatic electric gate openers and access control systems within both residential and commercial properties. We know what it takes to supply and install an effective gate automation system, and we know that a reliable gate remote control is required to make your new or existing gate system operate as it should.

We provide a variety of gate remote controls from top brands including Beninca, LiftMaster, FAAC, BFT, and GSM to suit every price point. From simple button openers to the more high tech ‘call to open’ gate solutions, we’ll have a remote to suit your style and budget. So, if your current gate remote isn’t performing as well as it should, then you can rely on us to provide you with the ideal replacement.

Before you start looking at replacements though, here are a few possible reasons why your current gate remote might not be working properly.

The battery is dead

We’ll start with the most likely option – whether it’s your gate remote, garage remote or even your TV remote, if it’s not working, the most likely cause is that the battery is dead. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Most remotes will have an easily accessible battery port, meaning you can swap out a dead battery without any specialised tools or in-depth expertise. If you don’t have a new battery to hand, then you may have to manually open your gate using an intercom or keypad until you’ve found a suitable battery to replace the old one in your remote.

Something’s blocking the sensor

If there’s something blocking the photo-eye sensor that’s built into your remote (dirt is quite a common one), then the chances are that this will prevent your gate from opening, as it will block the signal between your remote and the gate. If you’re unsure whether this is the case or not, give the sensor a wipe with a small, clean cloth (like one you’d use to clean glasses) and try to use it. If it’s still not working, then it’s likely that the fault lies elsewhere. As an added tip, try to store your gate key in a safe, dirt free place like a lockbox when you’re not using it.

Potential electrical interference

Electrical interference can come in a variety of different forms, but the most common culprit is a faulty electrical device within the vicinity like a television aerial. A good place to start is to turn off any nearby electrical appliances then check if the gate remote works. If you identify a faulty device, keep it turned off until you’ve had the chance to get it serviced by a professional electrician. What’s more, an electrical interference could also come as a result of a strong radio signal in your area. So, if you’re located near a radio tower, an airport or a military base, you may need to install a special antenna to your property to block out any interference.

Now, if you’ve covered all these points and your remote is still not functioning properly, it’s likely there’s a fault with the remote itself and it will need replacing. That’s where we can help.

Here at Gate Auto, we supply a wide variety of electric garage door kits and openers, remotes, accessories and adapters for use your home or business, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to deciding on the best one for you. If you need help or advice in selecting the best remote for an existing or new gate system, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 01282 677 300.