6 Problems With Electric Gates And How To Repair Them

Problems With Electric sliding Gates? Here are the Most common issues and How To Repair Them

electrician with electric gate

Electric gates are incredibly convenient because they allow for quick access and mean that drivers don’t have to get out of their cars in order to access the driveway. This is especially useful if you own a Holiday rental property in Portugal as it provides a seamless and luxury experience for your guests, who aren’t having to climb out of their vehicles on a hot and sticky day. Instead, drivers can open the gate with a simple touch of a button or a swipe of a card.

However, like most technology, sliding gates are not immune to problems. There are several different ways in which automatic gates can cause headaches for homeowners and guests. These problems should be dealt with immediately, otherwise, the gate could become damaged beyond repair and have to be replaced.

Large Amounts of Noise:

Sometimes, a fence in the Algarve which is automatic can generate a large amount of noise for reasons that don’t always seem immediately clear. A grinding sound could mean the mechanism which moves the gates together and apart may have become worn out. This problem can be fixed one of two ways: either have the mechanism taken apart and reassembled or have a new part fitted such as the motor for the electric gate.

A birdseye image of an electric gate

Vermin and Insects:

Automatic gates work by using sensors that trigger motion. However, if the sensors are blocked the automatic gate will fail to open. Insects and vermin can climb into the dark spaces provided by a gate and cause an obstruction. It is equally as important to take into account for the debris insects and vermin may also leave in front of the sensor or on the sliding tracks of the electric gate. Make sure that the inside of the automatic gate is kept clear of dirt and small animals so that the sensor will work perfectly at all times. 

vermin preventing electric gate working

Power Outage:

Automatic gates need to have a constant supply of electricity in order to work correctly. Power failures and cutouts will prevent the gates from working. If a power outage occurs, make sure to check for blown fuses. The power can be restored by putting the blown fuse switch back in position.

Faulty Remote Control:

The remote control needs to be kept in good working order to ensure that it will be able to open the electric gate without any problems. However, the batteries can start to fade so check if the red light is failing to ‘blink’. Replace the batteries and try again if this is the case. Replace the remote if the problem persists.

Obstruction in the Gate Tracks:

The electric gate tracks need to be kept clear in order to help the gate open and close smoothly. Debris in the electric gate track can cause the gate to become stuck and fail to open or close properly. Sweep up any debris on a regular basis.

Manual Mode:

Sometimes an electric gate can become stuck in manual mode. This could be a problem with the gate’s opening mechanism or the batteries in the remote.

electric gate

In Conclusion

It’s also important to remember diagnosing the problem can be just as hard as resolving it, therefore finding a local reliable electrician to address all of these problems and more, is easily found through us, Portuguese Tradesmen. We provide a flawless service to always insure you have faultless electric gates.

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