Automatic Gates Should I Repair?
Should I have my gate repaired or replaced?
The answer is all about worthiness, liability, reliability & remaining life expectancy of the system.
Simply, is it worth it? Will the repair, if successful and without more repairs, that are usually inevitable, last long enough for it to be worthwhile?
Yes all owners and maintainers have an ongoing responsibility over the safe use of the ‘in-situ machine’ (gate system) and are mostly liable for any incident.
Without a reasonable degree of reliability, everything else could be a waste of time and money as well as increased risk of incident!
How do we decide?
It takes years of experience and knowledge of many systems and working environments, to offer best advice. Also is the system right and set-up correctly for the owner and its users? Could it be changed to be more suitable?
The likely consequence of system failure from abuse whether manmade or natural (wind, flooding etc.) and each components suitability and state that affects the system’s performance may all be considerations that influence what should be done.
Good installations have a reliable, life expectancy of 15 to 20+ years (a few 30 years old are still operational) subject to maintenance and free of excessive abuse.
Newer installations that were designed well and suit, can justify major works. However, if the system is older, poorly designed or not suited to the location, even a modest repair may be a poor investment.
What costs are justified?
A starting point may be to obtain a system replacement estimate, this takes into account the latest safety guidelines, standards & best design. Then an idea of remaining life expectancy of the current installation, what could be reused and the cost of a full upgrade. Also the cost of the actual works needed and how it may improve any life expectancy, safe use or reliability.
All this should give a better idea of what may be the best investment. However, nothing lasts forever and a full replacement will someday become necessary, so saving toward that day maybe wise. It is worth noting that many repairs are the start of things to come, often leading to further work. Engineers aren’t clairvoyants and without x-ray eyes, assumptions have to be made especially with components out-of-sight or reach.
Every day people catch themselves out with the illusion of a cheaper option!
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