Kansas City Automated Gates for Residential Properties

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As the top company for automatic gates in Kansas City, we collaborate with reputable manufacturers including Linear, Liftmaster, HySecurity, and more. We sell automated gates in a wide service area that includes De Soto, Mission Hills, Shawnee, Leawood, Edwardsville, and Fairway.

Enhanced Home Security in Kansas City


Automatic gates provide an additional layer of security to your property. Controlled entry is available through a number of access control devices that include remotes and keypads.

Effortless Access Through Automated Gates in Kansas City


With a proper access control device, gaining authorized entry to your Kansas City property is easy — all it takes is entering a code, pushing a button, simply driving up to the gate, etc.

Kansas City Automated Gate Gallery


American Access Company sells thousands of automatic gates, automated gate operators, and automated gate systems every year. Modern gate operators are limited in their ability to function independently. For your automatic gate system, you will require a combination of no less than five of the different gate entry control devices listed below:

  • Keypads
  • Card readers
  • Contact edges
  • Ground loops and wands
  • Photo eyes
  • Photoelectric through beams
  • Proximity readers


To get as many years out of your automated gate as possible, regular maintenance should be performed:

  1. Clean your gate operator’s chain frequently.
  2. Grease and tension your automatic gate chain regularly.
  3. Inspect and adjust all moving components as needed.
    • Chains
    • Chain rollers
    • Trucks
    • Guides


Replacing a worn-out gate operator involves more than installing a new unit. It helps to upgrade the entire gate system and gate safety devices to integrate with the new gate operator. Modern gate operators require all your integrated safety devices be in-play before operation can begin. American Access Company’s team of professionals is knowledgeable not only on automated gate technology of all kinds, not just new models on the market today.


Contact American Access Company, the city’s top gate contractor, for professional assistance. Receive help from automatic gate system specialists, who will provide an official diagnosis.


Why is my automatic gate chain dragging, drooping, and/or snapping?

The chain is probably too loose. To solve the problem, try increasing the tension of the chain at the chain tensioner devices at the end(s). These tensioners are often fully engaged, so you might need to remove a few chain links. A snapping chain may also set off the gate opener’s obstruction sensitivity indicator, putting the automatic gate in alarm mode.

My gate operator is constantly beeping but does not work.

Your gate operator may be in “alarm mode,” which is caused by one of the safety devices being tripped during gate travel. Reset the gate opener at the circuit board or reset switch.

Why does my gate drop after opening partway?

When the gate shifts its weight from one set of rollers to the next, it may drop or bind because of misaligned rollers.

Why won’t my automatic gate open?

Check for power at the gate operator. Inside the cover, you will find a light or series of lights that indicate power is on at the gate opener. Usually, there will be a manual switch that disconnects power at the operator. Make sure this switch is set to “on”. Also:

  1. Check the circuit breaker to be sure it is not tripped. Every automatic gate should be on its own dedicated circuit.
  2. Remove any items that may be in the way of the path of the gate.
  3. If you have magnetic in-ground loops, make sure there is not a vehicle on or near the loops.
  4. If you have power at the gate operator, check the “presence” indicator lights on the circuit board or on independent devices placed wired in the operator to see if the operator safety devices are sensing something is blocking the travel of the gate.
  5. With photoelectric reflective and through-beam type sensors, you may check to see if these devices are sensing a presence at the device as this equipment often has visible indicator lights.

Why does my automatic gate close partway and then open again?

Your gate may be tripping photoelectric sensors or magnetic loop detectors. Check the circuit board or any safety devices in the operator cabinet while the gate is closing to see if they are being tripped. Your gate chain may be too loose or the gate may be binding while in travel. While the gate is closing, check the circuit board to see if the obstruction sensitivity is tripped.

Why does my gate opener make a squealing sound?

Some gate operators utilize a belt drive for gear reduction. These belts sometimes become worn out and need to be replaced. If not replaced in a timely fashion, the gate might start and stop as the belt engages and releases. To stop the squealing, replace the belt.

The automatic gate may also be binding against the rollers or internal trucks. Disconnect the power and then disengage the gate operator. Manually, roll the gate open and closed to identify any binding or rough spots. The gate trucks, track, or rollers may need to be replaced.

My gate motor is running but the automatic gate is not moving.

The gate operator may be disengaged. Check inside the gate operator cabinet to see if the gate operator has a disengagement device. This will appear in the form of a lever, which disconnects the drive unit from the output. Before re-engaging the gate opener, check with others who may have disengaged it. There may be safety concerns.

Why isn’t my Kansas City gate remote and/or gate keypad working?

When engaging your gate remote device or keypad, check the gate operator circuit board to see if it is registering an open command. If not, your remote may need a new battery. If it’s not the remote battery, then the keypad or remote receiver may have become disconnected from the gate operator and you will need to check your wiring connections.

Why doesn’t my gate stop when cars drive through?

Check your gate’s safety devices to be sure these are working correctly. While the gate is moving, cover the photoelectric detector or place a vehicle on the loop. Do not place anyone or anything in the path of the gate. The circuit board or independent safety devices placed inside the gate operator cabinet should indicate a presence. If not and the gate continues to move, leave the gate in the full open or full closed position and disengage power at the gate operator and dedicated circuit breaker. The circuit breaker should also be “locked-out” as this represents a considerable safety hazard. Then contact an automatic gate specialist for additional repairs.

Why does my automatic gate in Kansas City begin to close and then stop?

Your gate may be tripping the magnetic loop detectors or photoelectric sensors, and some gate operators are programmed to simply stop under these circumstances. Check the circuit board or any independent safety devices in the operator cabinet while the gate is closing to see if these devices are being tripped.

My gate motor is running but the automatic gate does not move.

The gate operator may be disengaged. Check inside the gate operator cabinet to see if the gate operator has a disengagement device, which will appear in the form of a lever, which disconnects the drive unit from the output. Before re-engaging the gate opener, check with others who may have disengaged it. There may be safety concerns.

My gate sounds like it is binding when opening and closing.

The gate track, trucks, or rollers may need to be replaced. Disconnect the power and disengage the gate operator from the gate. Manually roll the gate open and closed to identify any binding or rough spots.


What are my options for opening a motorized gate?

Automated gates in Kansas City come in numerous types and forms:

Slide Gate Operators:

These automated gate operators are perfect for motorizing a cantilever or overhead track-type gate. These systems will fully open and close the gate. You must take into consideration the type of gate, length, weight, and cycles of use. Slide gate operators are available in various horsepower, voltages, and phases. In cooperation with other access devices, a slide gate operator will provide security and convenience to your gate.

Swing Gate Operators:

These automated operators are perfect for opening and closing a swing-type gate. You must take into consideration the type of gate, length, weight, and cycles of use. Swing gate operators are available in various horsepower, voltages, and phases. In cooperation with other access devices, a swing gate operator will provide security, convenience, and prestige to your residence.

Barrier Arm Operators:

Perfect for controlling traffic flow, these operators place a vinyl or aluminum arm across the lane of traffic. With the use of various access devices, the arm can be easily raised or lowered. Barrier Arm Operators are available with various length arms. Take into consideration the width of your drive, frequency of use, voltage, and phase when selecting your operator.

What types of systems are available to control the movement of my gate?

Access control systems for automated gates range from a very inexpensive single code, key or card that provides access but no programming to a complete access control system that independently controls multiple gates and users access to them by time, day and number of uses.

Access control systems can be organized into the following categories:

Standalone Systems

A standalone system controls a single gate. Any additions or deletions of users must be done at each unit individually, usually through a ten number keypad. The most popular applications are sites in remote locations where cost is a prime concern. Most standalone systems provide some limited access control such as time zones, but they lack in the powerful features and benefits found in other systems.

Programmable Systems

Programmable systems control multiple gates through a master controller, system hardware, phone line and a personal computer. Controllers are located by each gate and wired together for data communications to a computer or modem. Each gate controller can be programmed so users have defined levels of access by day, time of day, holidays, hierarchy and other means. The controller stores users’ activities and can produce a report for managements review. Management review makes changes to users through a computer connected directly to the access control system or remotely by an optional modem. The most common applications are apartment complexes, gated communities, commercial and industrial facilities and single-family homes.

The devices listed below will most likely be available in both standalone and programmable systems.

What specific devices are available to control my gate?

Transmitters & Radio Receivers:

Just like your garage door opener, this device may be located on your vehicle’s visor. Simply push the transmitter button and a radio frequency code is sent to the transmitter. If an authorized code, the gate will open. A transmitter will often open a closed gate or stop a closing gate and return it to the fully open position.

Standalone transmitters often use a mechanical dip switch technology where you match the dip switch settings on the transmitter to the receiver. Rolling code technology is also available in standalone systems to prevent others from guessing your code through sending hundreds of codes to your receiver in a matter of seconds. Programmable transmitters that integrate with a computerized controller allows you to provide an individual code to each transmitter to track use and manage time zones.

In today’s newer automobiles, you have the option of a built-in “Homelink” type system that takes the place of the independent transmitters. These systems will also work with your gate operator as well as your garage door opener. If you have questions, simply talk to us, the number one gate company in Kansas City.

Key Pads:

With the use of a four or three-digit code, you can operate your gate remotely from a weather-tight enclosed keypad on a gooseneck stand (not included). Available with a lighted background, call button, and intercom features.

Standalone keypads are programmed at the keypad and have very limited users and capabilities. Programmable keypads are linked to a controller and your computer. Programmable units are available with an almost unlimited number of users. The individual wanting to enter the gate simply types in a three to six-digit code using the keypad. Some keypads are equipped with a light that varies from red to green when a code is accepted. If the light remains red, the code is not an authorized code and the gate will remain closed.

Proximity & Card Readers:

Just like swiping your credit card at the grocery store, you can incorporate a card reader to open and close your gate. This unit will be located in a weather-tight enclosure and attached to a gooseneck stand (not included). Simply swipe the card through the reader. These units often incorporate red and green lights to advise you if your card is a valued card capable of opening the gate. If valued, the reader will send a message to the gate to open or close.

A more user-friendly type device is a proximity reader. The card is not swiped but simply waved in front of the reader. In this event, the card or the reader is less likely to wear and fail to read over time. A proximity reader is less sensitive as you only have to get the card close to the reader. Proximity readers also utilize key fobs which may be attached to a key chain and are about the size of a pocket watch. More sophisticated readers provide greater range and flexibility where you can simply place a card up against your front windshield and drive slowly past the reader’s head, allowing the reader to read the card.

Standalone systems utilize a single card with the same identity. Programmable units allow you to provide a card to each user with its own individual identity thus tracking the use of the card and controlling entry via time zones. From your home computer, these systems will also allow you to quickly remove a card’s authority to access the gate.

Telephone Entry Systems:

These systems are wired to an existing phone line or will require a dedicated line. When an individual approaches the gate, they will have the option of entering a code on the touch keypad and entering. If they do not have a code, they may simply press a “CALL” button. Once this button is pressed, a call is placed to the homeowner’s house phone. A call from the telephone entry will have a distinct ring. The homeowner may then pick up the phone and carry on a conversation with the individual at the gate. At some point, the home-owner may press a button on their phone’s keypad that signals the gate to open.

Standalone systems are typical on residential applications where there is just one phone number to be dialed. With these systems, simple programming may be done at the unit or by phone.

Programmable systems provide users the ability to scroll a tenants’ list, find the tenant’s name and dial their three-digit code on the keypad. If the tenant answers their residence phone, they may speak to the individual and provide access by simply touching a button on their phone. These systems come with several options, including computerized programming via modem, time zones for activating specific keypad codes, full screen for viewing, scheduling automatic gate opening and closing cycles, etc.

What other devices may I need to operate my gate?

Loop Detectors & Loops:

These devices are perfect for detecting vehicle traffic while on top of the loop. Designed to open a closed gate, keep an open gate open or reverse a closing gate to full open; a loop detector will provide both safety and access for vehicles. Wired to the swing or slide gate operator, the detector can be adjusted for sensitivity and frequency. Loops (not included) are installed in the pavement below the vehicle and wired to the detector.

Battery Backup:

Designed for safety and security, a battery backup can be installed in the operator to function when the power goes out. The backup unit will sense the loss of power and respond by closing the gate (fail secure) or open the gate (fail-safe). Larger systems will provide repeated but limited operation for opening and closing the gate after a loss of power.

Gooseneck Stands:

Mount your keypad, card reader, or any other control device on this cantilevered stand, making it easier to approach and operate. The stand mounts to the concrete with the use of anchors (not included) or may be set in a concrete footing.

Three Button Stations:

The simplest means to remotely activate a gate operator, a three-button station can be used to open, close, or stop the gate. Weather enclosures sold separately; these devices are perfect for manually operating the gate while in view. These devices are available in a two and single-button configuration.

Keyed Switch:

Perfect for installation both inside and outside the gated area. Weather-tight enclosure available, this device provides those with a key to open and close the gate.

Magnetic Locks:

For use on swing and slide gates, these devices can provide up to 1,300 pounds of holding force. Perfect for securing pedestrian gates in cooperation with other access control devices. Designed for outdoor use with various brackets for mounting.

Photoelectric Cell:

To meet compliance with the UL325 Code, these devices are capable of detecting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, providing safety from injury. With a 30’ range, the cell will detect anything that crosses its path. Available in various voltages, this device is wired to the operator. When its path is broken, the cell will send a message to the operator. Power is necessary at one end of the opening to the detector while a reflector is installed at the other end.

Infrared Detector:

To meet compliance with the UL325 Code, these devices are capable of detecting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, providing safety from injury. With a 75’ range, the infrared detectors will detect anything that crosses their path. Available in various voltages, a device at both end of the opening is wired for power and controls. When its path is broken, the detectors will send a message to the operator.

Seven day timer:

This device can be installed in your gate operator to open and close a gate at a specified time each day of the week. Wired to the operator, you may program the time for the gate to open and then close for a seven-day cycle. This device should only be used in conjunction with pedestrian and vehicle safety devices.

How will my gate know when to close?

There are a number of options but the most common is to have the gate automatically close through the use of a timer to close. The timer is adjustable from just a few seconds to over a minute. The timer can be set from the time the gate is opened or from the time the car clears a certain point. These timers are included with the gate operator.

What prevents the gate from closing when something is in the way?

All motorized gates must be installed with safety devices that prevent property damage or injury in the event of an obstruction to the gate. All gate operators supplied by American Fence conform to industry standards regarding safety. In addition for full compliance, we will install additional safety measures to help prevent injury or property damage.


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