Should You Try to Service Your Gate System or Have it Replaced?
In general, older automatic gate systems should be replaced if they are somewhere near the end of their life. The exact age of this varies based on the original quality level of the particular system. Lesser quality systems can start to degrade at the 5 to 7 year mark, or earlier in some cases. More quality systems can last for 15 to 20 years.
Younger gate systems should be repaired “IF” they are a quality built product. For example, if you have an electric gate system that would normally have a service lifespan of about 15 years, and you are having an issue at year 8, then that’s a pretty easy one. Yes, repair it.
If the gate operating system is NOT a quality built product, and would normally have a service lifespan of about 5 to 7 years, and your problem occurs around year 6, it’s better to replace it.
We can help you determine the best choice based on the specific system, age, quality level, and other factors.
Other things to consider about repair vs. replacement
Are parts still available for your system? If your system needs a part that is not available, then that’s pretty obvious what to do. But some repairs do not require parts. They may just need an adjustment or batteries. In those cases, consider a repair because there is a decent chance to get your gate system up and running at a minimal cost.