You can expect to reap several benefits once you install an automatic gate at your residence. To begin, the gate improves the security and privacy at your home, so you need not to worry about suspicious individuals walking into your driveway. Also, most of these gates are aesthetically appealing and can add to the overall value of your property, which makes them a viable investment to consider.
Once you have the automatic gate set up, however, you will have to take steps to keep it maintained. Like any other aspect of your residence, the better you look after this new installation, the longer it will give the function that it was designed to provide. Below are some tips to keep in mind when maintaining an automatic gate to ensure it keeps working at full efficiency while saving on repairs.
1. Get Rid of Dust & Debris
Obstructions, debris and dust are the primary reason behind the majority of damage done to modern gateways. Therefore, it is vital to keep your gate’s path free of these elements. If plants are present nearby, trim them and throw away any debris that may fall around the gate’s path. Also, check the area for obstructions routinely that may prevent the gate from swiftly opening or closing. If your gate is on casters that have the sliding functionality or is suspended, make sure the clean the track because debris can result in improper functioning.
2. Know What to Do in Cold Weather
Low temperatures and cold climate are big enemies of automatic gates. As temperature drops, you’d see that the metal components are beginning to contract, and unless you’re using a specially designed gate that is meant to survive in fierce temperatures, you’re also likely to experience the thickening of grease. These nuisances can make it challenging for the gate to open with complete power or move. Fortunately, you can address the problem by detaching the battery from the cables and then the cables’ ends from the terminals of the battery. If your gate has a metal housing on the battery, apply a tiny layer of Styrofoam insulation onto its bottom. Doing so will protect its function.
3. Conduct Visual Inspections Regularly
Inspect your automatic gate frequently. Check metal racks, drive/chain belt, panel dents, bearings, rollers, electrical connections, and other components. In addition, see that all bolts are properly position and not loose. If you see bolts holding cables or springs, do not try tightening them as tiny mistake could cause them to break. Call in a gate maintenance expert instead. Another thing to look for is wear and tear in bushes, pivots, and bearings. And, if the gate’s sliding component is manufactured with wood, see if it needs to be oiled/stained. Wood that is weathered have a bigger chance of undergoing irreparable damage, so ensure using the best quality stain/paint present on the market.
4. Fix Any Problems with Movement
If your gate doesn’t make properly or is making noise, see if the switch and breaker are well-maintained. If they are, move onto checking the outlet in which the electrical component of the gate is plugged. You could also use another electrical device to see if it is working in the same outline. Examine every outlet to find if there’s any tripping in the ground fault interrupter (GFI). If there’s any tripping in GFI, it will result in the cutting of power from any device in the circuit of the GFI. If none of these things are causing the issue, it could be that the remote controller is damaged or its batteries need a replacement.
5. Lubricate Everything
Based on the automatic gate system installed at your residence, you may have to do lubrication on its components to keep it in tip top shape. If you’re using a high-end model, its moving parts are probably sealed, so this is unlikely to be a problem. if they aren’t protected, however, it is a best practise to grease the hinges and wheels to ensure the gate closes and opens in the right manner. For instance, there’s an internal chain on swing gates that must be lubricated, while a chain is present on the outside of sliding gates. It is equally crucial that you’re using the right type of lubricant. Avoid using WD-40 and other heavy greases when you’re lubricating components of automatic gates. Rather, invest in a marine grade or white lithium grease to keep your gate functioning for years to come.
6. Test The Gate’s Auto Reverse Function
According to the International Door Association, homeowners should test the automated gate’s auto reverse function at least once a month. This can be done buy putting a timer flat that’s 100mm to 50mm inn length on the floor flat (it should be 50mm high at least) in the gateway’s center. The gate should then close at the timber’s top. If all is good, the gate opener is going to see that the timber is acting as an obstruction so it will place the gate back into open position. If that doesn’t happen, you may need to call in a maintenance service provider.
7. Control Pests
An often neglected aspect of automatic gates is pests like rodents, reptiles and insects. While they might look harmless, they can damage the gate’s electrical components. For instance, slugs and snails can cause havoc if they arrive at the circuit board as the slime in them can create build-ups of moisture that can damage the circuitry to a great extent. Others like spiders can cause similar issues with webs. Mice too are famous for their urinating and chewing of the wires. If you spot any pests and don’t have a solution, call in a pest control company.
The performance and durability of your automatic gate somewhat depends on how well you maintain it. Conversely, factor in your willingness and preparedness when deciding what sort of an automatic gate you want to install in your property.