One of the most common concerns people have when they are looking into getting automatic gates, or have recently had them installed on their property, is what happens to them if there is a power cut and the electricity goes off? Of course, this is something that will happen from time to time, but you can rest assured that it is easily dealt with and won’t interfere with things too much.
Aside from the security benefit, the appeal of electric gates is that they are automated and will operate themselves, meaning you don’t have to do anything manually. However, when the power fails or cuts out, how will the gates be operated? As this is a question that gets asked quite a lot, we thought we would answer it and explain what happens to electric gates when there is a power cut.
Don’t worry, you will not get stuck!
The biggest worry for most people when it comes to power cuts, is that the gates will stop working and you will therefore be stuck inside or outside of your property. However, there is no need to worry as this is not the case. There will always be back up options, and in most circumstances it is easily resolved by disconnecting from the system so that you can operate them by hand.
They can be operated manually
You will generally find that all automatic and electric gates can be operated manually, and this is for the very reason that there might be a power cut and you lose electricity. You can actually switch your gates to manual mode by use of a key provided when they are installed, in order to allow you to operate them yourself. This means you can simply open and close them by pushing and pulling, so that in the event of a power cut, you can still get in and out of your property.
Some gates have a battery backup
For 24v automatic gate systems, there will actually be a battery backup installed. As soon as you encounter a power failure, this will kick in and your electric gates will run off the power from the battery so that they can still be operated as normal for a period of time until the power is back on. This is much more convenient for some people and ensures that your property remains safe.
It is easy to reconnect the motors to the gate when the electricity comes back on
When you have your automatic gates installed, the electrician will show you how to reconnect the gates back from manual once the electricity is back on. This is a very simple process and something that is covered thoroughly upon installation. However, if you forget or are unsure of what to do, you can call an engineer who will advise you on the process.
For more advice or if you have any enquiries, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help!