Gate and Gate Motor service and maintenance

P&C Fencing would like to offer you the opportunity to sign up for a Preventative Maintenance & Servicing Agreement. This can help you extend the life of your investment and keep your gates conforming to WHS obligations. The gate motors used by P&C Fencing are finely tuned and built to the highest quality standards, and as such requires regular lubrication of racks, chains, cogs, and re-alignment of brackets, bolts, rollers and Photo Electric (PE) safety beams to remain effective in driving large gates. P&C Fencing gives our clients peace of mind that they are receiving supremely qualified servicing, as all work is completed by qualified and specially trained gate motor technicians.
This are of the inside of a typical heavy-duty sliding gate motor installed by P&C Fencing. There is advanced circuitry installed to allow the gate motor to perform advanced functions, after a while the motors require restarting and resetting to clear out any errors that may have accumulated over time from unexpected stops and obstacles that are commonly associated with debris on floor tracks for example.
This image are from a typical heavy-duty swing gate operator and corresponding logic board. Again, this a good example of the mix of electronic and mechanical components that go into driving a swing gate. Regular maintenance to lubricate the chain, cogs, and other mechanical components will prevent premature wearing or failure of the components. The electronics in the logic board need routine clearing and resetting, and the enclosure requires pest spray to prevent insects nesting, which is all too common in these dark, warm spaces.


The motor housings are designed to restrict dust and moisture entering the electrical components of the motors, as the motors generate heat during operation some ventilation holes are required in the motor housing for air flow. A report of a gate being non-operational resulted in a call-out to site to inspect the motors. In this scenario, insects had taken shelter in the warm, dark motor housings, and a technician found a small insect nest wedged between the circuit boards that had shorted and burnt the motor logics board. This occurs quite often with multiple Clients as seen:


Gate hinges on swing gates are required to be lubricated regularly to prevent metal-on-metal wearing, which leads to stripping of the anti-corrosion coatings of the metal, and binding of the components. Over time, this creates harsh, unpleasant squeaking noises, and then more significantly rust and corrosion. This often leads to the gate hinges failing completely, and the gate falling off the post. In the case of a motor being attached, it will rip the motor off in the process, damaging the motor, the wiring, but more importantly potentially injuring someone in the fall, as was the case with this client.
  • Sliding gate racks wear
  • Debris builds up on gate tracks, jamming gate wheels
  • Insects nest in the electronics
  • Hinges/Wheels/Cogs/Chains cease
  • PE safety beams fail
  • Rollers wear and fail
  • Maintenance personnel damage/break gate components


A sliding gate was reported as not responding and was stuck in the open position, causing the Client to have to pay for security guards over night to protect the property. In the morning, the Technician attended site and discovered severe neglect to the sliding gate. The gate wheel was rusted, and the internal ball bearing collapsed, rendering the gate inoperable. To fix the wheel the gate had to be lifted with a forklift, and on-site welders were required to cut out the old wheel and weld a new one in place. In addition, multiple small branches and debris were jamming the gate wheels as seen below. The preventative maintenance cost would have been significantly cheaper than the repair, let alone the security guard costs. For comparison, the Client could have paid for nearly five years of preventative service and maintenance for approximately the same price as one repair.



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