It’s a cold morning and you are ready to leave for work, you press the button on your garage door remote, and nothing happens. Unfortunately, with cold weather this happens often but why?
Several problems could be causing your garage door to stick in the cold. Most you can fix yourself, though more significant problems such as a spring replacement require a professional technician to repair.
- While your garage door is in the down position, disconnect the opener and try to raise the door manually. Check for spots where it sticks. This may show a grease buildup.
- Check for broken springs. If your garage door feels heavy to lift manually, you likely have a broken spring.
- If the door raises and lowers by hand easily, the opener’s force settings may need to be adjusted.
In cold weather metal contracts, causing the springs and other metal parts to seize up. Using a silicone-based lubricant, lubricate the springs, hinges, rollers, and other moving parts. Also wear, misalignment of the rollers, and warped tracks can stall the performance of your door system. Most garage door systems include a spring system which helps balance the weight of the door. Eventually, these springs will reach their lifecycle and break. This more often then not will occur in the winter months. A repair of this nature should be performed by a trained professional at Dixie Door.
Furthermore you can prevent your garage door from winter issues by doing some maintenance yourself by:
- Apply a spray solvent to rollers, hinges, roller tracks, hinges, and latches.
- Lubricate the pulleys or the bearings.
- Wipe everything clean. If any rollers or hinges seem stuck, soak them in a solvent, using a stiff brush to clean the cracks. Wipe clean again.
- Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the springs, screw drive, shuttle, roller bearings and torsion bar bearings.