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Troubleshooting Your Automatic Gate Problems


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With essential deliveries coming and going every day, the last thing your business needs is an automatic gate that doesn’t work. Besides the cost of a repair, your entire operation can grind to a halt while waiting for the technician to arrive. But not all gate problems require a fence repair company. Here are some troubleshooting tips to keep your gates moving and your business operating.


Troubleshooting sliding gates

If you have a malfunctioning sliding gate, here are a few things to check:


  1. Check the roller track for debris, such as rocks and sticks, which may be preventing the gate from opening and closing.

  2. Lubricate the opener chain to ensure the links aren’t grinding against each other, causing unnecessary wear and tear.

  3. Ensure the opener chain isn’t too taut and the links aren’t failing. Remember the chain needs a small amount of sag to operate.

  4. Inspect the roller tracks for wear. If your gate is unbalanced, it may be wearing down the track and causing the mechanism to fail.


If you see anything that’s obviously damaged and needs replacing, call a fence and gate repair company.


Troubleshooting swing gates

If you have swing gates that don’t work as they should, try these troubleshooting steps:


  1. Check the gate’s swing path to ensure that any nearby hedges or other vegetation haven’t grown into the space.

  2. Inspect the gate hinges to ensure they aren’t corroded or loose. A broken hinge will cause your gate to hang ajar.

  3. Check that your gates are properly aligned.


If you can’t figure out what’s wrong with your automatic gate, call a professional fence and gate repair company to visit your business and assess the situation.


More troubleshooting tips

Some issues affect both sliding and swing gates. For example, the wiring inside the gate operator may be malfunctioning, whether due to wear and tear or to rodent activity. Some simple wire replacements may be all you need to get the gate moving again.


Most automatic gates are equipped with a photo eye, a safety feature consisting of a laser beam and a sensor. The gate won’t work if the sensors are misaligned, so ensure they're facing each other. Additionally, ensure the lenses are free of dust and scratches.


Gates and fencing repairs in Toronto

If you’ve tried everything and your automatic gate still doesn’t work, call the experts at City Fence Inc. Our gate and fence repair technicians have the tools and the training to identify any problem with your gates and solve it quickly. Contact us whenever you need gate or fence installation and repair services in Toronto.


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