Commercial gates can be something of a paradox. On the one hand, they should be as secure as possible. But on the other, they’re similar to any other machine in their overall fragility. If a machine has moving parts then it’ll always suffer some forms of damage in the long term. It’s just a simple law of physics that a system incurring wear and tear will need some level of service.

But a security system needs to stay locked down so that it’s not bypassed. And yet at the same time it needs to be open enough for troubleshooting. This can seem like an unsolvable riddle at first.

One can find the answer by considering the most common points of failure. Where do the commercial gate repair experts perform the bulk of their efforts? In general, they tend to focus on a part of the gate called the control box. Security gates aren’t exactly supercomputers. But they do have central areas that serve as a general locus for the system as a whole.

Basically, the brain of a commercial security gate can be found in the control box. This is where one should always begin the troubleshooting process.

Of course, the easiest step in troubleshooting is simply replicated expected behavior. This is often best done in later hours so that nobody is confused or concerned by the fact that the gate is constantly opening and closing. This will in part show whether the gate is fully functional.

However, the real goal in this exercise isn’t really verifying whether the gate is functional. Assuming any amount of traffic one will usually have been informed if it’s become totally nonfunctional. This type of check is more about looking for symptoms of ongoing damage which have yet to reach a critical point.

In humans, it’s far easier to cure a cold before it escalates into something like pneumonia. Likewise, it’s easier to fix a small problem with a security gate before it escalates into a fully nonfunctional system. One’s ability to do so will in large part depend on how well he can notice those small problems.

Thankfully the most pressing issue is also the easiest to spot. When one is checking the gate it’s important to look for any dents, cracks or punctures in the control box. It’s easy to just ignore a small puncture. However, water or even fungal spores can get in through even the smallest hole.

And either can destroy the most vulnerable area of a commercial gate. It’s also important to look for where the box is located. A control box should always stay elevated a considerable distance from the ground. This keeps any organisms on the outside from having easy access to the box. It also keeps rising groundwater during storms from enveloping the box.

Finally, if one does notice any issues with the control box then experts should be called in for commercial gate repair. Minor problems with the gate itself are often within the skillset of the owner.

For example, someone might want to add some oil to hinges or just clean away debris on the gate. But anything involving the control box should only be handled by experts. This is again due to the general fragility of the internal system.

It’s not at all impossible for someone to further damage sensitive electronics when trying to fix a problem. For example, consider someone troubleshooting intermittent gate failure. The cause might be a small amount of water in the control box. Evaporation might allow the gate to work at times.

While opening the box could displace everything just enough to finally destroy those delicate components. Where professionals will have the experience and tools needed to determine the best course of action.