Gate Opener Repair
Gate Opener Repair
The main component of an automatic gate is the gate opener, whether it a slide, swing, overhead, solar, or custom gate. The first sign of a malfunctioning gate opener is the problem with closing/opening of the gate. You may notice that the gate is all of the sudden slowing/speeding up during its otherwise scheduled operation, or the gate may be unresponsive all together.
*Malfunctioning gate opener signs to look out for:
- – Loud noises coming from the mechanical opener unit
- – Jerking gate movements during open/close operation
- – Failure to use remote control
- – Failure of to respond to safety sensor signal
- – Failure to respond for underground safety loops
*Keep in mind that there are many different gate systems available on the market, and not all may be designed or created equal, meaning that some symptoms may not be the same as mentioned above.
Gate Opener Parts Repair
Motor failure is very possible as it contains tens of different parts, which are often computerized and controlled via motherboard. Small transistors, gears, screws, sensors, wires, and power blocks are all sensitive to the outside elements such as water. Worn out seals around the opener unit can assist water to penetrate the main components and cause major amount of electrical damage, such as shortages. Water can also cause rust which will eat away the internal and external components of the gate opener, causing slow but extensive need for immediate replacements.
Dust can pollute the finely greased up gears and hinder sensors from properly performing its function.
Animals such as rodents can also chew through the seals and other plastic parts to seek shelter from the outside elements, resulting in a quicker deteriorating life of the automatic gate opener.
There are many causes and reasons as to what can go wrong, and which components break the fastest. But one thing that is certain is that once the gate opener is non operational, you will be prevented from comfortably accessing your property. Give Angel Garage Door Repair and Gate a call if you need more help or information on our electric gate repair.
There are two types of limit switches available of the market, standard electric double cam, and magnetic gate limit switch.
Double cam gate limit switch is adjusted manually to signal the gate opener how much distance the gate will slide/swing before it reaches it limit and seizes operation.
Magnetic gate limit switch is operated by using magnets and receiver pad to tell the gate when its open/close limit has been reached.
These mechanical units are often made out of plastic gears and plastic materials, and subject to wearing out, which results in seizure of operation by safety devices within the mainboard to prevent overheating of the motor. If your motor stopped working and makes a clicking sound, you may have faulty gate limit switch. In this case, we can replace them as repair may not be the best economical option.
The battery (Marine deep cycle battery) can also be used exclusively with a solar gate opener system, as the solar opener system specifically relies on the solar charge, which the opener draws its power from. Marine deep cycle batteries have a lifespan of 3 - 5 years, and require maintenance to keep in working condition. Cleaning the connectors from oxidation, replacing loose connectors and hardware, replacing battery housing are some of the repairs that we perform on the gate opener battery. Of course, if the battery has outrun its life-cycle, we can also recommend several options (depending on your power needs) to replace and program your solar and backup battery opener system.