Automatic gates add comfort and beauty to your homeJanuary 24th, 2016

Do you have a beautiful automatic gate that you simply love?

If so, you probably love the comfort and security that it supplies you and your family. But when that same lovely gate acts up then it becomes an eyesore that limits your ability to move to and from your property. This is a common problem that can have many different causes.

If your automatic gate is acting up there is no reason to pull your hair out. Gate repair can be simple to fix if you know where and what to look for. Today, we are going to take a look at several reasons why your gate is not working and what you can do to resolve the problem quickly and safely.

Why Doesn’t Your Gate Work?

  • You did not have it professionally installed– Professional automatic gate installations normally do not have issues until years after they have been installed. But if you decided to go with a company or person that does not specialize in this type of service, you are putting yourself at risk. If you have fallen victim to this less than lackluster service you are going to need to seek the help of a professional to fix the problem.

  • The problem could be simple. That gate remote control box that you often refer to as the clicker is often the reason your gate will not open. So before you get on the phone with your gate company make sure to change the remote batteries. This just might save you a ton of money in the long run.

  • Something has gotten in the track. After most gate installations, the technician will likely go over how your gate operates. If they did then you know that the track is a major part of the operating system. If something falls in the track it will often stop the gate from moving causing it to get stuck. If this happens, make sure to turn off the power before removing the obstruction. This is a simple fix that most homeowners will feel comfortable fixing on their own.

  • The gate does not stop in the right place– Is your gate stopping before it closes all the way? After making sure that there is nothing blocking the track, you just might want to call a professional gate repair company. It’s more likely you are having a limit switch problem that is causing your gate not to stop in the right spot. This repair may require the replacement of electrical parts and needs to be repaired by a professional.

  • Power outage– Many times your gate issues are due to a power outage. This can be a simple issue that can be fixed with a flip of a breaker. When custom gate installations occur, most of the time a technician will inform the homeowner where the power breaker is located. After making sure that nothing is obstructing the gate, you can reset the power by simply turning the gate breaker back on. Always remember to be very careful when dealing with the electrical panel.