If your home is protected by an automatic gate, you want to make sure that it's working properly at all times. There's nothing worse than getting stuck in the driveway because your automatic gate won't open. That's where maintenance comes in. With just a few simple steps each month, you can keep your gate operating smoothly. Here are some step-by-step instructions for maintaining your gate.
Keep the Pests Away
Your automatic gate has a small control box that contains all the electronic components for proper operation. That control box should be kept clean at all times. Unfortunately, because it's small, dark and warm inside, it's the perfect hiding place for pests – including spiders and small rodents. Those pests can wreak havoc on your power box. To keep pests away, you should clean the box at least once a month. First, wipe the outside of the box with a soft cloth. This will remove spider webs and other debris. Second, open the panel on the front of the control box and look inside. Use a small paint brush to brush away any debris that you find inside, including spider webs and nesting material. Finally, use a soft cloth to wipe the surface of the photo safety sensors. This practice will keep pests away from your control box.
Clean the Tracks
If your automatic gate slides across tracks when opening and closing, you need to keep the tracks clean. Debris such as dirt, gravel, and leaves can interfere with the proper functioning of your gate. Not only that, but grease can also build up on the tracks. To ensure that your gate moves smoothly, you should clean the tracks once a month – or whenever you see a buildup of debris. First, open the gates to expose the tracks. Second, use a broom to sweep all the debris away. Third, fill a bucket with warm water and add about ¼ cup of grease-cutting dish detergent. Fourth, dip your broom in the solution and use it to scrub the tracks. Finally rinse the tracks with your garden hose and allow the tracks to air dry.
Test the Manual Override
Your automatic gate is equipped with a manual override button. The override is designed to switch your gate to manual operation in the event of a power outage or mechanical malfunction. To make sure that override button is working properly, you should test it at least twice a year. To test the system override, simply turn the power off to the gate and press the override button. You should be able to manually push the gate open. If the override doesn't work properly, you'll need to have a technician come out and repair the problem.
Automatic gates an effective way to protect your home. To ensure that your gate works properly, use the tips provided here to provide routine maintenance. If you run into problems with your automatic gate, talk to a professional like those at Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc for more tips.