There is nothing more frustrating than running late for work or coming home after a long day only to find that your garage door won’t open. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence during the winter months, especially when the temperatures drop below freezing. As the temperatures begin to drop, the garage door may get stuck. Here are some tips that may help you avoid breaking or damaging the garage door and its electrical mechanisms.
Keep it Moving
During cold weather, metal, as well as wood, generally contracts which may cause the garage door to seize up. To avoid the risk of this happening, it is essential that you keep the springs and other metal parts well lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant. To avoid damage to the finish of your car, make sure to move your vehicle out of the garage while spraying lubricant, especially when spraying the rollers above where your vehicle is typically parked.
If the door is stuck, first try raising it by using the emergency release and raising the door by hand. If the door only goes up a little and then gets stuck again, carefully look at the area where it is getting stuck to check for ice or built-up grease. Lubricants and grease can solidify and become extremely hard during freezing temperatures. If the moving parts of the door haven’t been adequately lubricated, moisture can seep in and freeze. If you notice ice, warm the area with a hair dryer until the ice melts, then spray WD-40 on the area to remove the grease. After removing the grease, clean the area and dry the area before lubricating it with a silicone-based lubricant.
Broken Springs or Warped Tracks
One of the reasons you may be having trouble opening the door is because some of the metal parts, such as the springs or tracks have become broken or warped from the cold. If the springs or the tracks don’t appear to be broken, they may be contracted. If this is the case, try using WD-40 to remove excess grease, clean and dry the metal and spray a silicon-based lubricate. However, if the springs do break or there is noticeable warping in the tracks, both of these issues can be dangerous to repair yourself, so do not attempt to repair the damage. Instead, contact a garage door repair professional.
The easiest way to winterize your garage door and avoid the risk of winter damage is with routine maintenance. At least once a month, especially before cold weather arrives, spray silicone-based solvent on the hinges, rollers, bearings, latches and roller tracks. Make sure all moving parts are clean, dry and lubricated. It is also highly recommended that you contact your local garage door company to discuss a routine servicing and maintenance plan.
Do you need help with your garage door? Contact us at American Garage Door to schedule your service today!