There is no need to worry if your automatic electric gate is malfunctioning. CM Gates and Barriers puts your safety first and offers 24/7 callouts so we are ready to assist you whenever you need us. 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.


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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