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.




Don’t Ignore Your Garage Door Springs

Many homeowners rarely give the garage in their home a second thought about maintaining the space to avoid unwanted issues with the garage door. I even bet that rarely you give your springs in the garage a second glance.

However, the springs that are included in your garage door system is what makes raising and lowering the garage door possible. If something goes wrong, not only will your door not operate properly, it can increase the possibility of the garage door being a dangerous hazard to you or your family.

A lot of times, homeowners try to replace and repair the springs without the help of someone that is professionally trained to do so. The springs on the garage door are under a lot of pressure, and if installed incorrectly can be extremely harmful to you. This is why we always recommend that our customers allow us to do this type of repair.

Even though we do not recommend replacing the springs yourself, there are things that you can do to help keep them maintained. Keep an eye on your door to ensure that it not only opens and closes smoothly but quietly.  For example, if your springs are making noises while the garage door is in motion we would recommend applying a lubricant such a WD-40 to the spring, in most cases this should work. You can also pull the emergency release cord to see if you can open your garage door manually. If it is difficult doing so, your garage door may be out of balance. The issue will not fix itself and can worsen over time, making the springs work harder than they should.

Let a professional technician at Dixie Door check your garage door springs to make sure they are working properly. Call us at 615-822-3667 to schedule an appointment.

Clopay Commercial Videos

Clopay commercial is pleased to introduce a new maintenance video for sectional doors.  This video is located on our website at  It is intended to be a complimentary piece to commercial close-out documents, demonstrating routine maintenance and inspection as well as encouraging annual service by a Clopay door professional.  This video was created for dealers to provide building owners instruction on how to properly maintain a commercial overhead door.

In addition to the maintenance video, we have added our commercial overhead door installation videos to our website.  These can be found by clicking “Commercial Videos” under the Service/Support area of the commercial landing page (  The installation videos can be used to assist with training your personnel on the proper installation of a commercial overhead door.

We hope that you find these videos useful!  If you would like more information, call us at 615-822-3667.


Before and After – Garage Door Installation

Garage doors get damaged by homeowners every day.  You back out too quickly and run in to the bottom panels, a storm rolls through and blows your door in, a torsion spring breaks and you try to lift the door, and the list goes on.  Luckily, these are all fixable!