Auto Gate

Monday, 1 August 2011


Kobus Labuschagne is the owner of Autogate Garage doors and Gates. His company provides assistance in repairs of electric gates and installation of gates and their motors. In this guide you will find some useful information on how to find the cause of your faulty swing gate and maybe repair it.

Electric Swing Gate
Before you begin, check that your power supply is working properly. Normally my technicians would begin by checking the intercom or keypad which is normally lit up, to see if the lights are on. Press the buttons on the keypads to see if there is a corresponding beep or sound. These all give you an indication if there is power at the gates or not. Should that not be the problem, then the next move would be to check your transmitter is operating as your battery might be flat. Usually there is a light on the transmitter that indicates that it is working by pressing one of the buttons. Check with the other access controls such as key in a number to your keypad, press the gate release button on the intercom and test out all the peripheral equipment by process of elimination. If your gates are still not functioning after checking the power supply and peripheral equipment then follow these steps

Electric Sliding Gate Diagram
Maybe your gates are stuck in open position and will not move? Then you can use any object to wave in front of one of the photocells and there should hear a quiet clicking sound. This will only be heard from  one of your photocells, so you will need to test them both. If you cannot hear that clicking sound there is a problem with your safety beam / photocells so there is no power to them, or the safety beam has failed because it is broken or it may be that there are insects / debris inside it  that is blocking the beam. It is usually easy to remove the cover of a photocell just to check that the beams are clear. There is usually also some demonstration that they are working by a light being displayed (LED).You may have the reflector type, check the alignment. If the photocells appear to be unobstructed but not working, you need to contact

If this appears to be the opposite problem, whereby you gates are closed position, using the manual release, move the gates to about half open, if they are on a ram system lock the rams back in. If they are on an underground system leave the gates swinging freely, now activate the gates with transmitter or other access control and observe the functioning of the swing gates. Does one motor work? Both motors work? Or neither motor work? If neither of the motors work and we know we have power supply, it is likely to be a problem with the electronics or the control system - call us on 086 111 2928, we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Sometimes you have not understood the problem well, and we may be able to help you over the phone