We recently inherited a gate and gate motor problem in Landhuis Street, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort.
The client had someone else install the gate motor for them a year or two ago. They were very unhappy with the quality of the service and the outcome of the installation. Therefore they contacted us to assist going forward.
Gate and Gate Motor Problems
There were several problems that we identified and resolved.
One of the first things we found was that the gate wheels were broken and that they needed to be replaced.
Secondly we found that the gate motor rack
was also in a very poor condition. The people who installed the gate motor had not replaced the rack at the time as was necessary. The installer should have installed a new rack with the new gate motor in this case.
Thirdly, and this was one of the biggest mistakes caused by the previous installer, they welded the gate motor bolts onto the nuts. This means that you cannot remove the gate motor and, for example, take it for a service. This is a massive problem. At least the gate motor that was installed was a Centurion D5 Evo
which is a top-of-the-range gate opener.
Fourthly, the gate itself was bent a little bit which means that it moved very tightly.
Finally, because the gate wheels
had seized and the gate was bent, the gate motor had been damaged. Furthermore, there was oil in the area of the rotary encoder which is a clear sign that a gate motor needs servicing. The gate motor needed to be taken to the manufacturer – Centurion – to be serviced. And, due to the welding of the gate motor bolts as explained above, it was not an easy task to remove the motor.
Gate Repairs Weltevreden Park – Landhuis Street
So, our list of tasks included:
- Replacing wheels
- Installing a new rack
- Bending the gate
- Taking the gate motor for a service
After our repairs to the gate and gate motor
, we have a gate that is moving very smoothly; the gate motor doesn’t struggle to open and close the gate; and we have a happy client with a working gate and gate motor.
It is important to remember that the gate needs to be mechanically sound before you can solve any gate motor problems. The approach is that you need to be systematic and resolve each problem that occurs so that you have a good end result.