Summer lightning storms and power grid fluctuations cause power surges. And those surges can damage any piece of electrical equipment – including your security gate opener.
That’s a repair fee and contractor call you get to save!
And it can be a hefty one too because power surges can blow out your gate operator’s circuit board (around $200 – $800, depending on the make and model of the gate opener and the circuit boards you need to replace).
You could also just take your chances, let the board get damaged, and then replace it later on.
But why do that when you can stop it from happening in the first place?
What should you do to protect your security gate opener from power surges?
- Install Surge Protectors
You know how you have a surge protector that you plug your TV, computer, or other electronic devices into? You can get surge protectors for all other electrical appliances too, like your security gate.
You’ll be protected from internal electrical transients and external ones as well.
However, unlike the ones in your home, surge protectors for security gates are much more difficult to install and require the skills of a professional.
- Install a Protection Filter
There are line filters that provide surge suppression you can install. They provide a maximum continuous voltage so your security gate gets exactly what it needs. They’re more compact than surge suppressors and mount directly to your gate opener’s input and output wire leads.
Bonus Tip: Learn to Manually Operate Your Security Gate
Let’s say the power goes out entirely for whatever reason. And then, you really need to leave your property, or someone else must enter.
What are you going to do?
What if you can’t wait until the power comes on again?
That’s why you’ll want to learn to manually open and close your gate…just in case. You may also want to learn how to do this in case your gate decides to malfunction on its own.
The two largest sources of power surges are lightning strikes and when your power company restores power after an outage.
Follow this plan, and you’ll be protected in both situations.