Access Denied: 3 Reasons Your Electric Gate Might Not Be Working

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Security fences are a great way to protect your property. However, it can be difficult, not to mention time-consuming, to manually open the gate each time you leave or enter your property. That's why you also need an electric gate. With an electric gate, you'll gain access to your property with the click of a button. That is, until the gate malfunctions. Here are three common problems you might face with your electric gate.

Batteries Aren't Functioning

If you live in an area that experiences extremely cold winters, you may have problems with your battery from time to time. Just like your car battery can lose its charge in cold weather, so can the battery to your electric gate. The easiest way to combat a dead battery is to insulate the battery housing.

If your battery is housed in a metal box, you can insulate the box and protect the battery, using spray foam insulation. Spray a layer of insulating foam on the top and sides of your battery housing. Allow the foam to dry to a hard shell. The insulation will prevent your battery from losing its charge during those cold winter days.

Remote Control Isn't Working

If your electric gate suddenly stops working, there may be a problem with the connection. To test the connection, press the button on your remote control. If the gate doesn't move, or if you don't hear any sounds coming from the gate, you probably have a problem with the connection.

The first place you should look is the main circuit breaker. If the breaker controlling your gate is still in the on position, you should check the GFCI outlet. If there is a short in the electrical line, the GFCI outlet may have switched off. Reset the outlet and then try opening your gate again. If this doesn't repair the problem, you'll need to contact a repair technician.

Gate Won't Close Properly

If your gate won't close properly when you press the button, there are a couple of problems you might be facing, depending on the type of gate you have. If you have a swing gate, the main gate arm or the hinges could be damaged or jammed. If you have a sliding gate, there could be debris on the track or the cable that controls the sliding movement could be damaged. You should have a professional repair technician come out and take care of the repairs for you.

If you're having problems with your electric gate, you'll want to get it working again as soon as possible. The information provided here will help you troubleshoot some common problems you may experience.

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