Reasons Your Garage Door Is Not Opening During Cold Temperatures

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Check for broken springs. If your garage door feels heavy to lift manually, you likely have a broken spring.
  3. 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.

 

 

 

Garage Door Weatherstripping

Did you see the snow this morning?  The cold weather is definitely here.  If you’re having trouble keeping the cold weather out of your garage, consider replacing the vinyl around the outside of the door. The vinyl helps ensure rain, snow, dirt, or debris stays out of your garage.  Not only that but it helps keep the garage warm in the winter months, and then cool in the summer months.

 

 

The pricing is $1.50 per foot, is available in multiple colors, and we can get you the size you need.  If you need us to come out and install new vinyl for you, give us a call!  Or if you prefer to pick it up and install yourself, feel free to call or drop by our office.

 

 

 

Winter-Proof Your Garage Door

As the colder weather approaches, it’s a good idea to start thinking about winter-proofing your garage door.  With your garage door being the largest door in your home, it is a major contributing factor to the temperature inside of your house.  If your door needs insulation, adding insulation panels is very easy, and can help lower the monthly energy cost.

If you’re looking to replace your non-insulated door with a new vinyl-back or steel-back insulate door before winter arrives, we can help!  No better time than now to take care of your garage door so that the cold weather doesn’t affect the cozy temperature you’ve created for your home!

Call us today for more information on insulation panels for your non-insulated door, or for a FREE measure/estimate for a new insulated garage door!

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Garage Door Maintenance: Fall/Winter

Fall is here, and Winter is on the way… That means it’s a good time to have your garage door serviced, as well as having the springs on the door checked.

You can check for any problems with your garage door. To test the balance of your garage door, pull the red-handled emergency release cord. This disconnects the door from the opener, allowing you to open your door by hand. While raising and lowering the door a few times, listen carefully for any squeaking noises. This is the sound of hinges that need to be lubricated. Your garage door hinges will generally need to be lubricated once a year (remember to use silicone).
The next step is to lower your door all the way down, then raise it to about two-three feet off the ground and let go. Did your door stay in place with little or no downward slide? If yes, your springs are still working fine. But if the door feels heavy and sags, your springs are showing their age and starting to wear.

Sometimes the cold weather can cause your door to stick or the springs to break, so before that happens, call us for a service call!

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