Will Your Electric Gate Stop Working if You Lose Power?

electric gates work when power is off

Before buying any type of electric gates, a lot of people worry about the fact that, were they to lose power, they might have to cut their electric gate open just to get out of (or back into) their property. This is a common fear and misconception that is, however, very unfounded.

The design of most electric gates is such that, as you might expect, they come with a fail-safe mechanism that opens the gate if such a thing were to happen. As power is lost, the fail-safe, “manual release” is immediately activated, ensuring that you can manually open the gate if you need to. That way, it stays locked in the event that any intruders might try to get in, but it still allows you to have way of getting through.

This manual release mechanism is usually in the form of a common lock and key. Once you use the key, a mechanical device opens the gate as with any lock, and it allows you access. Then you can lock the gate the same way until the power is back on, so it will effectively continue to operate as an old fashioned gate, rather than shut itself up and lock you in or out without any option of opening it again.