Electric Gate Repairs

Automatic gates provide an extra level of security for a residential or commercial property. Not only does an automatic gate offer peace of mind and security, but it also offers you the convenience of opening and closing your gate remotely. However, there comes a time where some common problems may arise, and you may find yourself in need of someone who specialises in electric gate repairs. If you find yourself in this situation there is no need to worry. CM Gates & Barriers puts your safety first and offers 24/7 callouts, so we are ready to assist you whenever you need us.

Below are some common problems to look out for. If you find yourself with one of these issues, or you’re in need of electric gate repairs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Common Electric Gate Repairs

  • Noise – Sometimes an automatic gate can generate a large amount of noise when opening and closing. There could be a number of reasons behind it that don’t always seem immediately clear. Usually the noise occurs because the mechanism that moves the gate is worn out. You can fix this by taking apart and then reassembling the mechanism or having a new part fitted.
  • Gate Won’t Open or Close – This usually occurs due to power outage. Automatic gates require constant supply of electricity in order to operate properly. Power outages and failures will prevent your automatic gate from working. If your gate is not opening or closing, then you should check whether there is a power outage. If there is no power outage or any other electrical problem, then test your automatic gate manually to identify any operational issues. Hire the help of a professional if you can’t identify the cause of the problem.
  • Faulty Remote Control – A faulty remote control is another common automatic gate problem. The remote control needs to be kept in good working condition if you want to make sure that it will be able to open and close your electric gate without any issues. Usually, the batteries of the remote control start to fade. You should check and replace the batteries and try again. If the problem is not solved, then replacing the remote is the only solution.
  • Stuck in Manual Mode – Sometimes, the gate becomes stuck in the manual mode and does not open and close automatically. There could be a problem with the batteries in the remote or with the gates opening mechanism. It is recommended that you check both of these problems to figure out why the gate is stuck in manual mode.
  • Worn Track – If the opening and closing movement of your automatic gate is not fluid, then it is recommended that you physically check your gates functionality. If the gate jerks along or gets stuck when opening and closing, then it is a sign that your track is worn.

Contact Us for your Electric Gate Repairs

From our base in Livingston, situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, we cover the whole of Scotland. Our engineer will arrive promptly at your home or business and work hard to return your gate to its original working condition. If your gate is protected under our warranty, all repairs are covered providing the gate has not been tampered with. Get in touch with a member of our team for all your future electric gate repairs.


It is important to ensure that your automated electric gates and barriers are regularly serviced by a qualified engineer, not just to keep the system running smoothly, but also to keep the integrity of the safety features. Almost all callouts are due to lack of servicing and general maintenance, which causes moving parts to seize or break. Regular servicing also ensure that all warranties are valid. Our team provide yearly servicing so that your system lasts for years to come. On new installations we also offer a range of maintenance packages


One of the main reasons for regular maintenance is safety. When we service your gate our engineer will test all of the safety features to ensure they are all working correctly. While injuries from automated electric gates are uncommon poor installation, not keeping updated with current safety recommendations and improper maintenance can increase the risk of an accident. During our service our engineer will ensure that all sensors and safety devices are functioning correctly and also carry out checks on the electrical elements.


Even though all automated electric gates should have a manual release function a preventable gate automation breakdown can be inconvenient and costly. During a service a full inspection of the system’s functions will be carried out. This includes lubrication of moving parts such as wheels, motor arms and hinges along with checking all of the cables and wiring. Not only will this reduce the risk of a breakdown, but a high standard of maintenance will significantly improve your gate system’s lifespan. 

While the main point of an engineer when servicing is the motor function, it is also essential to maintain the gate itself. Iron and Wooden gates are susceptible to the elements so regular inspections for degradation is required. Aluminium gates are more resistant to the elements due to its natural properties 


Your automated gates would have cost a reasonable amount of money so you will want to keep them looking good, while our engineer won’t wash down the gates for you, they will ensure the essential components are lubricated, clean and free of debris. This along with regular cleaning will keep your gates looking as good as new.

How often should you service your gate

This depends on several factors, as a general rule if the automatic electric gates have light use they will require a service once a year. Gates that are used more frequently servicing twice a year is recommended to assess levels of wear and tare related issues. Also gates that are not used often might also need more frequent servicing to keep components moving freely. 

Your location of gates might also make a difference, for example if you live near the coast the salt air can affect the components of the gates. Furthermore, gates that experience high winds may also need more regular servicing due to the increased wind resistance when gates are in operation.

What can you do

There are things you can do that will help maintain your automatic electric gate. It is recommended that the manual release system is operated 3 to 4 times a year to keep the mechanism functioning. You should also keep your gates clean and sliding gate tracks free from debris or stones. Slugs and Snails can also be detrimental to electric gates, slug pellets or wool can be used as an effective deterrent to keep them away from the electrical boxes.

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