Usual Problems of Driveway Gates11/20/2013 Back To Blog
All wrought iron gates have their differences depending on their size, style, design and manufacturer but they all share some common problems, which can be dealt easily before they expand and make your life harder and unsafe. Besides, maintenance service procedures won't take too much of your time since you will only have to observe the movement of the panel, take notice of peculiar noises and interfere slightly.
Protect the gate components
The driveway gate opener is the only electric device of the system and needs to be checked often because despite the great progress of technology, these units are still exposed to elements daily. For example, the wires should be neatly placed underground and not be exposed to the open air and the temperature fluctuations. If they are visible, you should examine their condition periodically and try to keep them covered. The gate chain is one of the most important components of the electric unit because it will actually move the panel and that's why it is necessary to be checked and lubricated systematically. It's wise to consult the manual in order to make sure you are following the right instructions as for the times needed to be lubricated and if it is broken, old or beyond repair you should proceed with sliding gate chain replacement right away.
You will have major security problems if the electric gate not closing well and in this case you must first check that the opener works fine. You should also check and clean the sensors but usually these problems arise from dirty or distorted tracks. Dents and debris will keep the wheels from rolling properly and the panel won't close or, in some cases, won't open all the way. Gates may also lose balance or misalign due to problematic rollers or rusty swing gate hinges. You need to remember that most mechanical parts now come out in galvanized materials, you should also get the right size parts to keep the gate stable and never forget the importance of gate repair.