The Installation & Servicing of Electromechanical Automatic Swing Gates

A gate operator is a mechanical device used to open and close a gate, such as a driveway gate. There are two main types of electric gate openers electromechanical or hydraulic.

 

These can be further slit into the following categories, worm (or screw) driven, arm openers and underground openers. Automatic and Electric Gate operators are designed for both swinging and sliding gates. Low Voltage Automatic Gate openers can also be fitted with solar panels to ensure function during loss of electricity or blackouts.

 

Electromechanical Automatic Gates

Generally there are four types of electromechanical gate operator which draw power from the mains to open a driveway gate. The 4 types are; Worm driven (or screw type) swing gates, barrier arm operators and sliding operators. Electric and automatic gate openers are designed for both sliding and swinging gates. They can be programmed to open with a manual device or a wireless transmitter. Automatic gate operators can also be fitted with solar panels to operate without high voltage power. Many manufacturers offer battery backup either integrated or as an add on to systems that ensure function during loss of electricity.


 

  • Common Problems.
  • Questions you may have.
  • The Answers

 

With Electromechanical gates we are most commonly called out for what we call ‘end of life’ problems. ie. Items like arms, worm drives and control panels have worn out and/or fallen apart.

 

However, the most common reason in our opinion for the majority of ‘end of life’ problems we encounter is down to poor manufacture and/or poor installation. The automation system may have been bought cheaply, maybe on the internet, with or without the customers knowledge and/or incorrectly fitted.


Q: Do I really need to have my automatic electric gates serviced?

Q: Can I look after my automatic gates myself, to save money?

Q: Do you only service or repair gates that you have installed?

 

Q: Do I really need to have my automatic electric gates serviced?
The simple answer is YES! You have made a considerable investment on your gates and the automation system. The components of this equipment are expensive and can go wrong or break without proper care and attention on a periodic basis. They need regular cleaning, greasing & lubrication, alignment ant the removal of creatures that find their way into the systems and can cause considerable damage to photocells and control boards. Regular maintenance and servicing will prolong the life of your gates and save you money in comparison to repair or replacement costs.


Q: Can I look after my automatic gates myself, to save money?

Unless you are an engineer, then NO! Automated Gates can be very dangerous and unless you know what you are doing you could be seriously hurt!Always call in a professional insured for the job!


Q: Do you only service or repair gates that you have installed?

No, we work on all gates, whether they have been installed by us or not.