Like everything else around the house, automatic gates need maintenance too. Regular maintenance will ensure your automatic gate operates safely and works reliably for longer. Every automatic gate is different so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These general tips are a good starting place.

Visually Inspect Your Automatic Gate

Inspecting your gate regularly will alert you to any problems before they become major issues. Things to look for include:

  • Dented panels and any other obvious signs of wear and damage
  • Debris or dirt in the gate motor
  • Exposed electrical components
  • Loose screws or bolts
  • Rust

Clean And Lubricate Your Gate

Most automatic gates can simply be washed down with water (avoiding electrical parts of course). After cleaning, most manufacturers recommend you lubricate moving parts roughly every 6 months. Parts to pay attention to include:

  • Chain
  • Hinges
  • Roller
  • Pulley
  • Screws

Check The Auto Reverse Function

Many manufacturers recommend that you check the auto reverse function of your gate on a regular basis. You will need to refer to the user manual for your specific gate, but generally this is done by placing a timber plank in the path of the gate. When the gate begins to close it should recognise the timber as an obstruction and start to open again. If this does not happen you will need to stop using the gate and call a professional.

An automatic gate is an investment, so it deserves to be protected. If you need advice on your automated gate or are looking to install a new automatic gate, contact Shoalhaven Custom Gates. We provide tailored solutions to meet your individual needs.