Monday, May 27

6 Common Automatic Gate Problems and How to Fix Them

When most people think about making fixes or changes in their homes, they focus on popular renovations. They want a new bathroom or a kitchen. For the outdoors people, they think about changes in their landscaping.

Something that doesn’t make most people’s list is their automatic gate. Much like a roof, it’s something you don’t think much about unless things start going wrong. Of course, once things do start going wrong, they can become a serious problem in a hurry.

If you’ve got an automatic gate, keep reading for some of the most common problems and how you can fix them.

1. Excessive Noise

Excessive noise is one of the most normal and common problems with automatic driveway gates or automatic fence gates. At some point, you just notice that it’s gotten loud. This can just mean that moving parts need some fresh grease or oil.

If that doesn’t work, you’ll probably need a new motor for the system.

2. It Won’t Open

Another common problem is that the gate simply won’t move. This can mean that the motor burned out completely and a new motor is the only fix.

More often, though, it means that you have a power outage on your hands. Restore power and the power gate opener will work again.

3. Broken Remote

Another common reason an automatic gate system will go on the fritz is that the automatic gate opener is broken or damaged. If you eliminate the other possibilities, a new remote will typically solve the problem. Just make sure you get a compatible one.

4. Insects

Some gates rely on sensors for the automatic open function. Motion typically triggers the sensor, which triggers the gate in turn. An overabundance of insects can obscure the sensor. Clearing insects off the sensor will resolve the problem in the short term.

Insect repellents near the sensor can help stop the problem in the future.

5. Gate Track Obstructions

If you get small sticks or rocks in the gate tracks, that can make the gate move roughly or even not move at all. Clearing the obstruction out of the track will fix the issue. Checking the track periodically will let you stay ahead of the problem.

6. Mode Change

Some gate systems will detect a problem, such as a bad remote or obstructed sensor. The system will switch over to manual mode.

Check your remote, remote batteries, and the sensors for problems or obstructions. This typically lets the gate return to automatic mode.

Managing Automatic Gate Problems

The vast majority of automatic gate problems lend themselves to simple solutions. In fact, basic maintenance routines can help prevent most of the problems.

Check the sensors and gate tracks periodically for obstructions and insects. If necessary, put out insect repellants.

Check your remote for problems occasionally and replace the batteries every few months. If the gate continues making excessive noise, you may need a professional service for motor repair or replacement.

Looking for more home improvement ideas? Check out the posts over in our Home Improvement section.