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LiftMaster Gate Opener Won’t Close – What To Do

LiftMaster Gate Opener Won’t Close – What To Do – One of the most common issues with automatic gates is the gate not closing. Since automatic gates are often installed to add extra security to your home or property, it can be quite frustrating when you’re faced with this challenge. If your gate is stuck and so are you, this step-by-step guide is intended to help you figure out what is causing your problem and hopefully fix it. Keep in mind that many issues with gate openers should be fixed by a professional. It is never recommended that you go into the control unit yourself, as you risk harming yourself or damaging your gate further. For more information on automatic gates and gate openers, contact the experts at Jay360 now!   Need Help With Your Automatic Gate? LiftMaster Gate Opener Won’t Close – What To Do This step-by-step guide will help you determine what to do if your gate opener suddenly stops working and won’t close your gate. Many times, gate openers stop working due to simple mechanical issues. Other times, it can be a more complex electrical issue. We’ll look at both potential causes and take you through the steps to fixing each issue. Step 1 – Check For Debris Blocking Gate’s Path First, we will check for a simple mechanical issue. You may be surprised to learn that a simple build-up of debris or a small item in your gate’s path could cause your gate to stop closing! The very first step is to ensure nothing is blocking your gate’s pathway. If all is clear and nothing seems out of the ordinary, move on to the next step. Step 2 – Check Wheel Bearings and Chain The wheel bearings, chain, or arm (on a swinging gate) could have become damaged by severe weather, by a car, or other object hitting your gate. If your wheel bearings or chain have become damaged, it can easily stop your gate from opening. Depending on the type of gate you have, you can also check the hinges. A hinge could get stuck or damaged and also cause your gate to stop opening. Step 3 – Manually Move Your Gate Before you begin this step, ensure you completely cut off the power supply. Then, detach the chain (sliding gate) or the gate arm (swing gate) and then begin to see if you are able to manually move the gate yourself. If you are able to move the gate yourself, that means it is not a mechanical problem – move to the next step. A mechanical issue would stop the gate from moving at all, even if you tried to manually push it. If the gate is still stuck in the open position, then you should call on the professionals to ensure an accurate assessment and repair. Step 4 – Check “Hold Open” Command And Key switch Image source – Gate Opener Safety If you were able to move your gate manually, it is likely your gate opener is suffering from a mechanical issue. Your problem is likely electrical. However, some electrical issues are quite simple to resolve. The first thing you need to do is check to see if your gate’s “hold open” command has been accidentally left on. Your gate opener problem may be as simple as an accidentally pressed button or switch! If the “hold open” command is not an issue, it may be a key switch problem. It’s possible that the key switch was turned to stop the gate from closing – for example, the fire department may have tested your gate and...

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LiftMaster Gate Opener Won’t Open – What To Do

LiftMaster Gate Opener Won’t Open: What To Do – An automatic gate can help add security to your property – but only if it’s working! If your LiftMaster gate opener isn’t working the way it should, it could be due to any one of a number of problems. In this article, we will guide you through one of the most common reasons why a gate opener stops working: electrical problems. This step-by-step guide is intended to help you figure out what is causing your problem and hopefully fix it. However, many issues with gate openers should be fixed by a professional. It is never recommended that you go into the control unit yourself, as you risk harming yourself or damaging your gate further. For more information on automatic gates and gate openers, contact the experts at Jay360 now!   Need Help With An Automatic Gate Problem? LiftMaster Gate Opener Won’t Open – What To Do This step-by-step guide will help you determine what to do if your gate opener suddenly stops working and won’t open your gate. One of the most common problems with gate openers is electrical issues. Electrical issues can be caused by a variety of factors – from small issues to much larger problems. Step 1 – Check For “Hold Open” Command Image source – Gate Opener Safety Many gate openers have a “hold open” command. If this command is unknowingly pressed, it could cause your gate to stay open indefinitely or not work properly. Check all of the commands on your gate to ensure the “hold open” command or other possible commands have not been accidentally activated. Your gate opener problem may be as simple as an accidentally pressed button or switch! Step 2 – Check The Key Switch Image source – knoxbox.com If the “hold open” command is not your problem, the next simple solution is to check the key switch. It is possible that the key switch has been turned to stop the gate from opening – for example, the fire department may have tested your gate and failed to put it back to your regular settings. A bigger potential issue with the key switch is damage or corrosion due to weather over time. If your key switch is damaged, don’t hesitate to call your gate installer to determine your options for repair or replacement. Step 3 – Reset The Power Like all electronics, sometimes all your gate opener needs to work again is a simple reset. A simple issue may have caused the malfunction and it is possible that resetting the power will bring your gate back to life. The video below also shows you how to reset the “loop detector” on a LiftMaster gate opener. This can also be easily solved with a reset.   Before moving on to more invasive steps, it’s a good idea to reset the power and see if your gate’s operation improves after the reset. Step 4 – Check Sensors/Photo Eye If you’ve come this far, that means your problem is not a switch, command, or a simple power glitch. The good news is that your problem may still be a relatively easy one to fix. When a gate won’t open, one of the most common problems is an issue with your sensors/photo eye. Check out the video below to see how to fix the problem. Though the video focuses on a gate not closing, the same issue can also cause your gate to stop opening.   If you are wondering if your gate’s sensor or photo eye is not working, follow these steps: Check to see...

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Best Gate Operator Brands: LiftMaster vs Mighty Mule vs Nice vs HySecurity

Best Gate Operator Brands: LiftMaster vs Mighty Mule vs Nice vs HySecurity – Thinking about adding an automatic gate to your property? An automatic gate can help improve the security of both commercial and residential properties. However, with so many options, choosing the right gate operator for your home or commercial lot may seem like a challenge. In this article, we look at four of the most popular brands: LiftMaster, Mighty Mule, Nice, and HySecurity. Because all of these brands offer many different gate openers for many different purposes, we will look at each brand as a whole. Knowing the pros and cons of each brand and system will help you make an informed decision. Looking for more information about gates, gate operators, access control, and security for your home or business? Contact the experts at Jay360 now! Ready To Improve The Safety Of Your Home? Gate Operator Brands Comparison: LiftMaster vs Mighty Mule vs Nice vs HySecurity See the chart below for a brand comparison, including average price, top pros, and top cons. Keep in mind that this chart compares each brand as a whole, rather than individual products. Each brand carries a wide variety of both commercial and residential gate operators. Click on the chart to view a larger version. Brand Overview This section will take a closer look at each brand and highlight their pros, cons, and average customer reviews. Though each brand carries gate operators that can be used for both residential and commercial properties, some brands specialize in one over the other. In this section, you will learn which brands are best for which types of properties and uses. LiftMaster Gate Openers LiftMaster is known for both their commercial and residential gate openers. LiftMaster is a generally well-received and well-known brand, trusted by both homeowners and business owners alike. If you are looking for a sturdy gate opener for your home, LiftMaster brand gate openers are known for their strength. LiftMaster products widely vary in price, allowing those with smaller and larger budgets to find the right product. However, LiftMaster’s selection of residential gate openers is limited compared to their selection of commercial options. Some users have also complained that their residential LiftMaster gate opener is “finicky” or overly sensitive. Many homeowners have also found challenges with customer service, receiving very little or no support at all (source). LiftMaster logo image source: overheaddoorandfireplace.com Nice Gate Openers Nice is a fairly new brand, founded in 1990 in Oderzo, Italy. Many of Nice’s products were designed for heavy-duty industrial use, and that is reflected in their durability and design. Many of their gate openers also feature heavy-duty motors but still feature a modern, silent design. Nice products are not as well-known as the other brands on our list. Though this is not a drawback in and of itself, it may mean that purchasing a Nice product is more of a challenge. For example, if you like at “The Nice World” map, it appears as though Nice is not available in Canada. You can purchase Nice products from other websites, but Nice warns against this, stating these products may not be what they seem. Nice products also require installation by an experienced, professional installer. Nice logo image source: commons.wikimedia.org HySecurity Gate Openers HySecurity is another fairly well-known brand with a large selection of gate operators. Many of their products are ideal for commercial use, road use (such as barrier arms), and industrial use. They do offer some products for residential use, but these options are more limited. Some HySecurity products are available in online stores such as Amazon. Most products say they are simple...

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Gate Makes Loud Noise When Opening – What It Means

Gate makes loud noise when opening? Owning an automatic gate can bring extra security to your property and peace of mind for homeowners. However, like all electronics, automatic gates can stop working and leave you wondering why. One of the most common problems home or business owners face is their gate making a loud noise when opening. This article outlines some of the most common reasons why automatic gates may be making loud noises and how you can check for these issues. Still have questions about your gate or gate opener? Contact the experts at Jay360 today for more information on gates and gate repair! Need Help With Your Automatic Gate?   Gate Makes Loud Noise When Opening – Why Is This Happening? There are many reasons why your automatic gate may be making a loud noise when opening. Some of these problems can be minor and fixed within minutes. Other problems may be more serious and require professional help. If you suspect the problem is more series or requires you to work within the control box, it is best to rely on the experts. Going into the control box yourself may cause serious damage to your gate – or cause serious harm to you. Need a new gate? Check out our listing of top automatic gate brands! Lack of Lubrication If your gate is making a loud creaky or squeaky sound, it is likely a lack of lubrication. Thankfully, this is one of the simplest problems to fix that you can easily solve on your own. Follow the steps below to see how you can find out if lubrication is your problem and how to fix it. Check bearings and moving parts – All moving parts on your gate need to stay lubricated or they will eventually stop working properly and become squeaky. Check clogs & gear mechanisms – These internal parts also need to be lubricated. If you are unsure which part of your gate lacks proper lubrication, try to listen for where the sound is coming from. Use heavy-duty lubrication – Once you have found where the sound is coming from, use a heavy-duty lubricant on the dry parts. Call the experts – If you apply lubricant and you still hear loud squeaking, it’s best to call in the experts. You may have misdiagnosed the problem, or do not have the know-how to apply lubricant to the proper areas. Source – ocgaragedoorsandgates.com Dirty Motor Your gate motor can become filled with dirt, moisture, and debris over time. If this happens, your gate may begin making loud noises that get worse over time. If debris builds up inside your motor, it will not only cause it to make loud noises while opening, it can also cause the gate to begin opening much slower than before. Regular inspection and maintenance can help prevent this from happening. However, if you suspect there is a large build-up of debris, it’s a good practice to ask the experts and rely on the professionals to fix the problem. Source – ocgaragedoorsandgates.com Low Battery If you hear a loud beeping sound, you are most likely dealing with a low battery. This is especially common if your gate is making beeping sounds right after a storm. Some gates are affected by storms and make loud beeping noises right after a storm, but soon return to normal once their system is back to normal. Wait a few hours before checking your gate again after a storm. If you suspect the battery is low, follow these steps: Wait it out – Wait before taking action. Sometimes these issues can resolve themselves....

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Automatic Gate Opener Not Working

This article looks at the reasons your gate opener may have stopped working and offers possible solutions. Owning an automatic gate can bring extra security to your property and peace of mind for homeowners. However, homeowners often face a frustrating process when an automatic gate stops working. Oftentimes, it is not the actual gate that’s the problem – it’s the gate opener. This article outlines some of the most common reasons why automatic gate openers stop working and how you can check for these issues. Still need help with your gate or gate opener? Contact the experts at Jay360 today for more information on gates and gate repair! Looking for safe home advice? Why Is My Automatic Gate Opener Not Working? Your automatic gate opener may stop working for a variety of reasons. This section provides an overview for each of these common problems and provides steps you can take to try to remedy the problem. Keep in mind that you should not go into the control box or hardware to try to fix a problem yourself. You may end up creating more damage or even injuring yourself. Leave it to the professionals who can safely and efficiently fix your gate opener.   Remote Controller One of the most common reasons why your automatic gate stops working is due to problems with the remote control. The issue can be as simple as dead batteries, or a bit more complicated. Like every type of electronic device, your remote control has a lifespan. If you have owned your controller for a long time and it doesn’t start working after a battery change, it might be time to replace it. Here are some steps you can take to see if your gate controller is the problem. 1. Change The Batteries: Add new batteries to the remote. If the controller works then you know it’s just a simple battery issue! 2. Try A Back Up Remote: You want to ensure that the problem is, in fact, the remote and not your gate! If you have a back up remote, try using it on the gate. If the gate opens without a problem, your remote has probably reached its life expectancy. Suggested Action: Call the supplier or company you worked with to install the gate. They can help you replace the controller or provide additional steps to try to solve the problem.   Cold Weather One of the top reasons why gates and automatic gate openers stop working is due to the cold weather. In Ontario, we often see both extreme heat and cold. If you notice your gate opener began acting strangely around the same time the cold weather set in – the weather is the likely cause of your problems. The good news is that problems due to cold weather often resolve themselves – sometimes the controller or the gate itself is sluggish due to the cold, but after a few seconds to a few minutes will warm up and get back to working the way it should. Check out the video below to see how cold weather can affect your gate and gate opener.   Here are some ways you can check to see if cold weather is the culprit. 1. Press Your Gate Opener Multiple Times: This will hopefully allow the opener to warm up and allow the needed chemical reaction to occur. This technique is similar to trying to start a car engine which gives it the warm-up it needs to open (source). 2. Inspect the solenoid switch: Ensure you wear rubber gloves while performing this action. Identify any corrosion, and clear safely using your rubber gloves....

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My Automatic Gate Won’t Open

Why won’t my gate open? Having trouble with your automatic gate? One common problem that gate owners sometimes face is their gate getting stuck in the open position. You may notice your gate struggling to open but not being able to. Or you may notice that your gate won’t move at all. This can be especially frustrating as many choose automatic gates due to their ability to provide increased security. This article will provide an overview of the most common reasons why a gate may not open and how you can diagnose and fix the problem. For more information about gate repair and installation, contact the experts at Jay360 now!  Looking for gate repair? My Gate Won’t Open: Most Common Problems and How to Fix Them Remote controller is not working – get it fixed by changing battery or controller For those sitting in their cars in front of a silent automatic gate, you know the dreaded feeling when your gate simply refuses to move as you stare out in frustration. You keep pressing your remote, hoping the gate would start moving, but nothing happens. One of the reasons a gate won’t open is that your remote controller isn’t working. If the remote isn’t flashing a red light when you press the open key it means it probably depleted its battery or the controller is out of commission. Gate Openers Review suggests steps and we’ve arranged them here for convenience: Try swapping the batteries with a spare and functioning remote. If the controller works then you know its a batter issue – whew! If, even after buying or swapping batteries into your remote, the gate won’t open or the flashing command light isn’t appearing, then the controller may simply be beyond its life expectancy. This is common in electronics and may require specialized tools and parts to repair. The suggestion is that you can call the supplier or a technical representative to help you  replace and program the controller Not sure how to replace the battery on your remote? See here for a demonstration video. Ascending driveway issue: redesign and adapt the gate to open Swing gates are particularly notorious for failing to function when placed in front of an ascending or upward inclining driveway. This is due to programmed sensors in the gates that detect any objects or people that may come into contact with the gate and will either disable or prevent the gate from opening as mentioned by Gate Openers Review. Try the following steps to fix this issue: Try reconfiguring your gate to swing away from the ascending driveway. If that doesn’t work, have the gate installed in a higher position so that it can clear without touching the driveway. One design featured in a YouTube video uses offset hinges and specialized gate arms to get around the issue. Check and reset the sensor so that the gate can operate normally as this is a protective measure to keep the gate from injuring people or objects. Check out how Jay360 can help you design the same solution as in this video that lets your gate open in an ascending driveway:   Mechanical issues such as wear, tear, and rust may prevent the gate from opening: conduct maintenance on the gate Because a gate is a set of mechanical components that operate together to control entry to your property, there is a likelihood that after a few years of use certain parts may break down and require repair. The issue could be as simple as debris or a small object blocking the gate’s path – most gates...

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