Garage door openers make leaving and arriving at your home an extraordinary convenience. We take garage door openers for granted, which is one of the reasons garage door breakdowns can be so frustrating. But did you know your garage door opener is most likely to break down in winter? Here are a few tips for avoiding garage door opener issues during the coldest months of the year:
- Contracting Metal: When the temperature drops, metal contracts. Your garage door’s metal components will shrink and possibly seize up during cold months. If your parts are not properly lubricated, your garage door opener will struggle to effectively lift and lower your door. Because of the contraction, the opener simply won’t be able to force the door up and down when the owner of the home asks it to.
- Thickened Lubrication: Lubrication alone won’t help when metal contracts. Some lubrication, like grease, will thicken and become hard in cold weather. When this happens, it’s worse than having no lubrication at all. Before cold weather strikes, clean away grease using soap and a wire brush. Once your parts are clear of grease, replace with a silicone-based lubricant. The silicone does not harden or thicken in cold weather, meaning you get the reliable performance of lubrication you need without the risk of hardening.
- Warped Tracks: Also, be careful not to add too much lubricant. As metal contracts in winter, your garage door’s track will begin to warp. Too much lubrication, and overly lubricated rollers will slip out of the tracks altogether, bringing a halt to your automatic garage door.
- Dirty Components: Debris is another big issue. Winter can be a season of dragging in mud and dirt and other foreign objects that cling to your garage door components. Consider soaking your rollers, hinges and other parts in a solvent for cleaning, then dry and replace.
- Damaged Weather Stripping: No matter where you live, a drop below freezing can mean trouble for your garage door. Weather stripping at the bottom of the door can secure to frozen precipitation on the threshold. Then, when you lift your door, the door either fails to open or the weather stripping tears away. Avoid this by ensuring good drainage above and around your garage door, and make sure to clear away any frozen precipitation that’s gathered before opening or lowering the door.
It’s always a good idea to call an expert, whether you’re trying to avoid winter garage door opener issues, make repairs, execute general maintenance or replace a garage door or garage door opener altogether. At Cookson Door Sales, we are your Phoenix-area experts for all things garage door. We offer a selection of quality, durable garage doors and openers, as well as a team of expert technicians who move urgently to provide service at your home. Since 1991, we’ve been working with homeowners in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and surrounding communities, meeting garage door needs and seeing customers through the coldest months of the year.
Contact us today about garage door repairs and solutions in the winter and year round.