Conserving your gate automation in severe winter conditionsWhen it's cold outside, your gate motors just like you car may have trouble starting up from a stationary position. Below you will find some information that will allow you to maintain your motors during the winter:
1) Increase the torque level by at least 2 to 3 levels to the one that is set. The motors are only designed to move the weight of the gate only and nothing else. You should be able to still hold on to the leading edge of the gate leaf and be able to stop it. If the gate drags you along with it, the torque is too high.
2) Use liquid parafin to conserve the stainless steel arms. The motors are encased in machine grease which is water soluable. There is no maintenance required with greasing of the internal cogs .
3) The motor should be attached to the gate with atleast a 4mm to max. 8mm decline. This allows the water to drain off the stainless steel piping when the gate is in a closed position.
4) Grease your gate hinges – If the gate can move freely by hand, the motor won't have any problems in moving it. The more force that is used, the less "effort" the motor.
5) Clean the Photocells – The photocells are a safety device that work on the basis of "transmitter-receiver". If the receiver cannot receive the signal from the transmitter, the gate will not respond to your commands. Photocells are 12-24v constantly buzzing devices using infrared beams, which makes them warm attractive place for insects to hide. Clean out the photocell lenses, ensure units are insect free – use silicone sealant to seal any cracks or gaps in the casings.
Good maintenance of your motor will save you time that you can spend on making a snowman.