How to Inspect your Automatic Gate’s Brakes

Checking the brakes on your automated gate is imperative for the safety of you and anyone else who comes into contact with your gate. Brakes need to be checked on gates that are used on a daily basis to ensure everything is working properly and safely. In order to do this, you’re going to need to know how to assess your gate’s brakes.

First, you should take a good look at your automated gate. The best time for you to analyze your gate is right after your gate has come to a complete stop and the motor has shut off. Does the gate still move after the motor shuts off? If the gate stops as the motor shuts off, then your brake is probably functioning as it should be. When the gate comes to a stop, you can also try to open or close it by hand. If you are able to move the gate by hand, the brake could be failing. If you cannot move the gate by hand and the gate does not move after the motor has shut off, then it is time to look inside the gate operator box.

If you don’t know what you’re looking at, the inside of an operator box may be very confusing. Below are a few pictures to help guide you. 

IMPORTANT

 Do NOT stick your hands in the operator box without shutting the power off. All you should be doing is LOOKING. With the moving parts, belts and chains you can seriously injure yourself, so be very careful.

A brake assembly inside the gate operator of an automatic gate
Close up in a gate operator of a brake mechanism

There is a little more to detecting whether the brake assembly is working correctly, so call a professional to check the assembly out. Until you get to that point, visually inspecting the brakes can help protect anyone who uses your gate entrance from getting hurt because of brake failure.

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