4 Ways to Troubleshoot an Electric Gate Problem

Electric gates are highly valuable and expensive assets. If you have one, it is in your best interest to keep it in good working condition for as long as possible. Electric gate repair and replacement is not cheap, so when your electric entrance gate stops working properly, it is important to troubleshoot the problem as soon as possible. Most often, if you treat a small problem early on, you can prevent the issue from worsening, and therefore, becoming a more costly repair.

Continue reading to learn the top 4 reasons why your electric gate might not be working, as well as, what you can do with an old, broken gate you no longer have any use for.

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Metal Recycling Center 317-244-0700

Whether your gate is acting strange, refusing to open, and will not close, there could be a long list of reasons why. However, the top four causes for electric gate operation issues are obstructions, power loss, transmitter failure, and in worse cases, motor defects.

❶ Obstructed Pathways

The first cause to check for when your electric gate is acting up are obstructed pathways. In many cases, the reason why a gate won’t open or close is due to something in its way. This could be twigs, piled up gravel, rocks, dog chews, litter, and anything else that might be found on the ground. Clear the track line of the gate, and then try to operate it again to see if the problem is solved. If not, it could be due to power loss or something else.

❷ Power Loss

If your gate’s pathway is not blocked in any way, your next area to check on is the power. Sometimes, the power line can disconnect, or the electrical mains can shut off. Check these, and all peripheral equipment that receives power around the gate, including any wiring. If power loss is not the issue, perhaps it is the transmitter.

❸ Transmitter Issues

If obstructions and power loss are not the reason why your electrical gate are not working, your next task is to check on the transmitter. Sometimes, all you need to do is change the batteries to the transmitter, and your gate will be back to operational. However, it could also be due to any other types of surrounding equipment that also uses batteries, such as keypads, access controls, and more. Check the battery power on these devices to see it solves your issue.

❹ Motor Failure

If none of the above solutions solve your electric gate problem, it could be the motor. In this case, you would need to have your electric gate motor repaired or replaced, depending on the extent of the defect or damage.

Worried About the Cost of Electric Gate Replacement?

Complete two tasks in one by recycling your broken electric gate to an Indianapolis scrap metal recycling center. Why does this complete two tasks? First, you get free haul-away for a heavy and obtrusive piece of junk! Second, you will get paid cash on the spot for the value of the scrap metal, which in turn, can be applied toward the cost of a new electric gate! Best of all, recycling metal contributes to the effort of preserving our natural resources and reducing factory emissions.

How to Scrap Your Old Metal Gate in Indiana

Call Zore’s Recycling at 317-244-0700 to recycle metal in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not only has Zore’s Inc. been a family owned and operated company for over 75 years, we pay cash on the spot for your metal commodities. We accept cans, sheet metal, appliances, vehicles, auto parts, equipment, and more! Request a free estimate, today.

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