The Ultimate Automatic Gate Maintenance Timeline

Automatic driveway gates, when properly installed, don’t typically require a lot of maintenance. However, going the extra mile and fixing small issues before they become huge problems is the best way to extend the life of your gate and ensure it keeps you and your family safe. Not to mention, regular maintenance will prevent your gate from looking shabby and worn down, which could seriously harm your property’s curb appeal.

In today’s guide, the team at Creative Door Services™ tell you what you need to do, when you need to do it, and which tools to use for the job.

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Every Two to Three Months

While you may notice an issue such as an unusual sound or a slow-moving gate during normal use, it’s easy to miss a problem. Therefore, make sure to spend some time inspecting your gate every two months or so. This is particularly critical before and after winter as the cold, harsh weather can make existing issues much worse. Here’s what to look for:

  • Messy Debris. Because the moving parts need to be lubricated, it’s common for things like dirt, insects, and dead leaves to stick to them. If this debris accumulates, it could damage your gate. Remove any debris with a nylon brush and apply more lubricant if needed.
  • Track issues. If you have a sliding or cantilever gate, make sure to inspect the track for rusted or bent areas. If you find any, contact a professional for repairs.
  • Rust and damage. Taking the time to check for rust and defects is crucial, because they may not always be apparent during everyday use. Corrosion and other types of damage can lead to a need for costly repairs down the road.

You should also inspect your operator control box. Make sure nothing’s rattling and that the wires are in good shape, as they can become frayed. Remove any cobwebs and insects that may have moved in, as well. If your gate is equipped with solar panels, make sure they aren’t coated with dirt.

Finally, spraying down the whole system with a hose every three months will help prevent debris buildup. A squeegee, glass cleaner, and a wipe with a microfibre cloth will do the trick.

Every Six Months

On average, the pressure in the hydraulic systems should be checked at least every six months, unless your user’s manual specifies a different timeline. It’s best to request a professional to do this.

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Every 12 Months

As long as you keep up with regular inspections and keep your gate clean, all you have to do as far as yearly maintenance goes is lubricate the moving parts. While this sounds simple, it requires a bit of know-how. Here are the components that will need attention and how to apply lube to them:

  • Hinges. To lubricate the hinges, ease white lithium grease, either in aerosol form or in a thicker formulation. Apply liberally with your fingers or a tool and make sure the pin is properly coated. Many hinge assemblies have a small hole specifically designed to allow lube to be applied directly to the pin.
  • Opener gears. First, unplug the opener and make sure it isn’t powered. Then, remove the opener’s plastic cover and remove old grease from the gears by using a paint bush. You can use the same brush to apply new lubricant.
  • Chains, wheels, and tracks. Before applying lubrication, use a degreaser to remove the old lubricant, which is likely dirty. Then, apply a liberal quantity of white lithium grease, spreading it with a rag and removing any excess. This same process should be applied to tracks and wheels, if applicable.
  • Hydraulics. Wipe the exposed part of the hydraulic arm and then apply a new coat of grease. Opening and closing the gates a few times will help the lubricant spread evenly, ensuring proper coverage.
  • Control box. Finally, take off the control box’s front panel and use canned compressed air and/or a lint-free cloth to remove any debris accumulated inside. Call your contractor if you find any frayed wires.

Pro tip: never use products such as WD-40, as these kinds of lubricants are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the air, which can lead to rusting.

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Schedule Gate Maintenance with Creative Door Services™

Creative Door Services™ offers a wide selection of automatic residential gates, custom installations, and openers, as well as repair and maintenance services. For more information, contact one of our locations in Vancouver, British Columbia; Kelowna, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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