When you add an automatic gate to your property, you are helping to greatly boost your home’s security while still making it convenient to come and go as you please. However, while automatic gates are fairly low maintenance, they can start to break down over time due to wear and tear from constant use. You should then be aware of when your automatic gate may need servicing so that you can have it repaired before it stops working altogether. Here are a few of the signs that you can be on the lookout for indicating that your automatic entry gate may need repairs.
The best way to tell when there is something wrong with your automatic gate is to pay attention to how it is operating. Knowing how your gate normally moves can clue you in when something is wrong, as any usual movements such as your gate appearing to shudder or jump while it is opening/closing likely indicates a problem with its opening mechanism. There may also be one of a number of problems with your gate if it appears to be opening or closing slower than it used to. Any signs of unusual operation is a clear sign that you should have your gate inspected and repaired.
You should also pay attention to the noises that your gate makes when it is operating, as new and unusual sounds clearly indicate that something is wrong. The fact is that most modern gate openers are silent during operation. Thus, if your gate opener begins making a lot of noise, or if it begins making odd squealing or scraping noises, then your gate opener likely needs to be repaired.
Of course, if you have a swinging automatic gate, certain grinding or squeaking noises could also indicate problems with your gate’s hinges. If your swinging gate starts making unusual sounds, you should first try to determine if the sounds are coming from the gate opener or from the gate itself. If it appears as though your gate’s hinges are showing signs of damage, then you will need to have your gate repaired before this damage prevents your gate from operating properly.
Contact us to learn more about the additional signs that can indicate that your automatic gate may need repairs.