Installing and using automatic gate operators is easy. Gate operators simplify your life and keep your home or business safe. However, what about when something goes wrong? Are you a do it yourselfer that likes to tackle problems around your home or office?
Learning how to maintain your gate operator is essential to its longevity and your peace of mind. No one wants to head out for a day or leave for vacation and learn that the automatic gate protecting their home or business is no longer operating.
Actually, automatic gates and openers are relatively easy to maintain. They don’t need a lot of work and typically, when there is a problem, fixing the gate is not too labor intensive. So, all you do-it-yourselfers can breathe a sigh of relief!
3 Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Automated Gate System
- Keep silicone spray on hand. An important element in maintaining your gate system is to make sure that the drive shaft that goes into the arm doesn’t freeze during the colder months. Use silicone spray on the arm to prevent freezing and headaches for you.
- Grease those hinges. It is essential to keep the hinges on swing gates lubed for a properly running gate system. You will want to grease the hinges several times throughout the year. Be sure to also inspect the hinges while applying grease to make note of any damage or need for replacement parts. Also, if you have a chain drive slide gate make sure that the chains are tight and greased so they work properly to open your gate.
- Access control systems and batteries need maintenance too. Don’t forget about the control system for your gates. Inspect the control system at least once a year to make sure that it’s in proper working order. Clean keypads and phone systems with proper contact cleaner. Inspect and tighten radio receiver antennas. And don’t forget to change the batteries in your wireless keypads.
Be sure to clean off your solar panels several times a year if you are powering your gate by solar power. This ensures their correct operation and will charge your batteries properly.
Maintaining your property’s automatic gate system is one of the easiest things to do. You can make sure that your system will be running in optimal performance when you do consistent inspections and keep your gate greased.
PSS Store is a leader in access control systems and devices for security gates. We are experts in the industry and carry the best brand names in the business, including LiftMaster, DoorKing, Linear and more. PSS Store has the products and the expertise to meet all of your needs. We can assist you in repairing or replacing a residential, commercial or industrial swing gate, slide gate opener or barrier arm. We also carry telephone entry systems. Contact us with any questions you may have regarding our products.
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