Four signs that your automated gate may be in need of repair
Automatic gates are a secure method of controlling entry and exit to and from your premises. They will need regular maintenance if they are to keep working at their best, and they will need immediate repair if there are any problems. Here are some signs that your gate is in need of repair.
The first warning sign is noise. Your automatic gate should open smoothly without any grinding, scraping or squeaking. Any such noise, particularly if it is new, could be a sign of a problem with the bearings or could indicate a mechanical fault in the motor. The bearings may need to be lubricated, or the motor may need to be overhauled. You should also be on the lookout for a beeping noise, which could be an indication that the battery needs changing.
Your gate should swing open in a single smooth movement and close just as easily. Pay attention to any changes in this movement. Problems could include opening more slowly than previously, not opening to its full extent or even opening and closing when it is not intended. This could be a sign of an electrical fault that will have to be fixed by a professional.
You will need repairs if the gate arm drops on its hinges and does not stay in the correct position. This means that when it is fully open or closed, it will not be fully aligned with the panels. This may be due to a problem with the hinges or may mean that the gate arm itself needs to be repaired or replaced. The problem is likely to get worse if it is not addressed, so you should call in a professional maintenance service immediately.
Finally, look out for any visible signs that there might be problems with the gate. Rust or corrosion on the gate or on any of the hardware is a clear indication that the gate has not been properly maintained. A bit of lubrication may be all that is required, but untreated rust can lead to problems with the gate's operation.
The best way to avoid problems with your automated gate is to have it regularly serviced by a professional maintenance company. If you notice any of the above problems in the meantime, prompt action will ensure that the gate is kept in a good state of repair and continues to operate normally for many years to come.