Those are just a few ways to winter-proof your garage door—if these don’t solve your problem, you may need to consult with an expert. If your garage door is malfunctioning, do not hesitate to contact Patrick's Garage Door Company in the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area. We’ll do our best to identify and fix your problem fast, so you don’t get left out in the cold.
Wipe down the weather-stripping and look for cracks that need repairs. Since you use it every day, your garage door will see a lot of wear and tear over time. Weather-stripping at the bottom of the door can often crack after extended use, which can allow snow and ice inside your garage, thus causing the door to freeze shut. Take a cloth and wipe your stripping down so you can get a good look, and take note of any problem areas, and have an expert help with the repairs.
Lubricate all moving parts. Once you’ve cleaned the tracks, use regular grade machine oil (make sure to avoid heavy axle grease) to lubricate the rollers, track, hinges and bushings. These parts can stick and become stalled when it’s cold out, and the lubrication will help get those parts operating smoothly again. When you’re done, wipe away any excess oil to prevent more build-up. Your garage door should actually be cleaned and lubricated a few times a year, so getting into the practice now can only help you in the long run.
Remove any gunk or grease build-up on the garage door track. As you use your door more and more, over time, debris can build on the track and rollers, which interferes with how easily it opens and closes. Eventually, your tracks may become so clogged that your garage door can’t open and close at all, which can be pretty inconvenient when temperatures reach those winter lows. If yours is snagged, this could be a likely culprit. Start from inside the garage, and use a cloth to wipe away and remove any grease build-up.
This time of year, when you pull into your driveway, your number one goal is to get out of the cold and into your warm home as quickly as possible.
That plan backfires, though, when you suddenly find your door won’t open.
It’s annoying, yes, but it’s a pretty common occurrence during the winter months. When it gets really cold out, garage doors tend to stick for a variety of reasons. And when temperatures drop really low, the door may even freeze shut, leaving you standing out in the cold.
Your garage is a pretty important part of your home. You likely use it every day, and it keeps your car safe from inclement weather. When you leave for work in the morning or return home at the end of the day, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether your door will open or not.
Fortunately, with a few simple maintenance steps, you can safeguard your garage door from cold-weather stress and keep it in tip-top condition, allowing you to come and go as you please.
Symptoms: Garage door has trouble going up and down or will not go up and down. (Similar to contracting metal symptoms)
Solution: If a garage door has grease in the tracks the cold weather can make this grease thicken up and make the door unable to travel or not travel smoothly. It is not recommended to put grease in the tracks in cold climates because of this reason. Depending on how extensive the problem is sometimes it may be necessary to replace the vertical tracks and rollers to combat this problem.
3.) Broken gears or travelers on garage door openers.
Symptoms: Garage door opener sounds like it is traveling the whole way but the door does not move.
Solution: Typically this problem is caused by Problem #2 we listed, or just by age of opener. When the door freezes down the opener is still trying to open the door and something has to give. Most often it is the gears inside or the traveler depending on the brand of garage door opener. To repair the problem give us a call and we can come out and make repairs or supply parts!
Symptoms: Garage door will not open, opener is trying to open it.
Solution: Winter ice and snow build up under the door can cause the door to freeze down. It can also cause the door to not close all the way as it comes down on a pile of snow. Keep the area where the garage door meets the floor clean and clear. We have also found that spraying a bit of cooking spray on the bottom rubber seal of the door helps to keep the door from freezing to the floor.
Winter is coming soon and we want to get you ready for winter issues for garage doors and openers.
1.) Contracting metal/cold weather issues.
Symptoms: Garage door opener will stop during travel up and down.
Solution: When we go from hot to cold temperatures we sometimes will see the metal contracting which makes it harder for the opener to move the garage door up and down. Many times this can be corrected by a force adjustment on the garage door opener itself. In order to adjust your force limit check out your owners manual for your particular opener, or give us a shout and we would be happy to come out and service your garage door by tuning up and lubing the door and make any necessary adjustments. Using a garage door spray lube on the rollers, hinges, and bearings of the door can go a long way as well.