Common garage door problems during the winter

The winter can cause all sorts of problems for your garage door, watch out for these common problems!

  • Excess grease
  • Contracting Metal
  • Thickening Grease

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Common garage door problems during the winter

Once the temperature drops, you might experience issues with your garage door’s performance. Where once it opened smoothly and efficiently, you’re now struggling to get your car in out of the cold. These are some of the most common problems you might be facing.

Contracting metal and snapping springs

Once the cold weather starts to bite, the metal components in your garage door can start to contract, which impacts their efficiency. Metal springs can also weaken and then snap, particularly if they’re rusty. If temperatures threaten to drop below freezing, it’s worth inspecting your garage door and making sure it’s well lubricated using a silicone spray, rather than thick grease, as this can actually thicken during cold weather and even cause your door to go out of alignment.

Thaw and refreeze

When there’s a thaw during the day and then the temperature drops again at night, this can spell trouble for your garage door. If the melt water penetrates the weather stripping on your door, the weather stripping can freeze and stick your garage door to the driveway, meaning you can’t open it. Try safely thawing the ice with salt and then spraying the weather stripping with silicone lubricant to prevent ice build up. Make sure you clean off any salt first.

Sensor damage and flat batteries

Once the cold weather sets in, keep your garage door opener in the glove compartment or in your pocket – anywhere that the batteries won’t get cold and go flat. If you take this precaution and your garage door still won’t open, then check the batteries. If you’re still having problems, take a look at the remote sensors. It’s possible that they could be fogged or obstructed in some way. In rare cases, cold weather can even damage the sensors, which will need to be replaced by a professional.

Call the professionals

At Abacus Garage Doors, we understand garage door maintenance is not at the top of everyone’s to do list. So, let Abacus handle it. Our professional and expert team is on hand to maintain and repair your garage doors – just give us a call and we will get your door working in no time.

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