It's Automatic: 3 Steps to Keep Your Automatic Gate Operating Properly

If you've had automatic gates installed on your new fence, you need to be prepared for the maintenance that will be required. While automatic gates are a great way to provide additional security for your home, they do come with their own specific maintenance needs. Here are three maintenance tips that will keep your automatic gate running smoothly.

Keep the Tracks Clean

If your automatic gates operate along a track system, you'll need to ensure that the track is clean and free of debris at all times. Dirt and debris can interfere with the proper operation of your gate. For instance, dirt on the tracks can cause your gate to get stuck midway through the opening or closing. To prevent that, hose the tracks off with clear water once a week. You should also give your tracks a thorough cleaning at least once a month. Fill a bucket with warm water and add ¼ cup of grease-cutting dish detergent. Dip a broom in the solution and scrub your tracks. Rinse well with your garden hose.

Protect Against Pest Invasion

Pests can wreak havoc on your automatic gates, especially if they find their way into the circuit box. Spider webs and snail trails can interfere with the electrical connection inside the circuit board. Mice can chew through the wiring and destroy your automatic opener. At least once a month you should open the circuit box and inspect for pest activity. Use a rag to wipe away any spider webs and snail trails you might find. Remove any rodent nesting materials that might be present. To keep pests away, place one or two moth balls inside the circuit box.

Lubricate All Moving Parts

The mechanical components of your automatic gate opener are exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. To keep your gate operating properly, you'll need to lubricate all the moving parts at least once a month. Use a water-soluble spray lubricant on all the moving parts, including the chain drive and the hinges. Once you've applied the lubricant, open and close your gate a few times to make sure that all the parts have been properly lubricated.

If you have an automatic gate opener, such as the Liftmaster LA500 Dual-Swing Gate Opener, you need it to work properly every time you activate it. Use the tips provided here to maintain your gate and keep it working for you. If you experience problems with your automatic gate, be sure to contact a repair technician.