Winter garage door problems can make getting on the road a headache on chilly mornings. Out of all the seasons of the year, winter is the one where you’re most grateful for a well-functioning garage door, but it’s also the season in which you’re likely to deal with some common winter garage door problems.
Take a look at the top three typical issues you might run into, and how to respond when you do.
Problem #1: Broken Metal Components
Winter (especially winter in Utah) can wreak havoc on systems that function well in all other types of weather. The metal components of your garage door are example A. Metal parts work great in mild, warm and hot weather, but once the cold sets in, metal contracts. This is the reason you may notice broken springs, loose screws and similar hardware issues.
It’s important to keep an eye on all the metal components in your system and also keep them well-oiled. Lubricant prevents metal components from shrinking and seizing up during the long cold season. And if you notice a broken piece, especially a problem as serious as a broken spring, make sure you call a professional for repairs right away.
Problem #2: Torn Weatherstripping
Maybe you accidentally scraped a section of your garage door’s weatherstripping with your snow shovel. Maybe one section froze to the ground and ripped off the door. Whatever the cause, winter brings frequent instances of torn weatherstripping. It’s ironic, since this is the month you need it to function the most.
Prevent this problem by keeping the front of your garage clear of snow and ice. Periodically check the weatherstripping for tears and make repairs right away to maintain high efficiency and avoid losing heat in this area of the home.
Problem #3: Grease Buildup
Cold weather makes grease coagulate on your garage door tracks and rollers. This can make it difficult to open the door and/or it can wear down the engine of your automatic opener.
You can prevent this by removing the buildup with solvent. Then, re-coat all tracks and rollers with a silicone lubricant. This will stand up better to cold temperatures and keep your garage door operating smoothly. One of the common downfalls to watch for is applying too much lubrication. While winter calls for additional application, make sure you don’t go overboard, or it could throw your rollers out of alignment.
When You Need a Professional
Overhead Door Company is here for you when winter garage door problems are too much for you to handle. We have the skills and experience to keep your door functioning well no matter the temperature. Call today to set up your service appointment!