Garage Door Opener Problems in Winter

Written by Thomas Liquori on . Posted in Garage Door, Garage Doors and Operators

 
 
 
 

Many won’t be surprised to hear winter is one the biggest problem seasons for garage doors. Wintertime garage door issues mean you’re stuck outside — or your car’s stuck inside — at the time when you’d appreciate the convenience of an automatic garage door most. But what exactly are the issues homeowners often experience during the coldest months of the year? Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Hardened Grease: Lubrication is a must for any garage door. But what many may not realize is that grease hardens and thickens in cold weather when used on a garage door. Hard, thick grease as a garage door lubricant is worse than using no lubricant at all. The fix is relatively simple: Clean away the grease and make sure your tracks and other lubricated parts are free from debris. Then replace the grease with a silicone-based lubricant. The silicone-based product will provide similar performance without hardening and thickening in cold weather.
  • Contracting Metal: Be careful just how much lubrication you use. In cold weather, the metal parts of your garage door will contract and warp. When this is the case, lubrication can provide your garage door opener a boost as it raises and lowers your door. But too much lubrication can be a problem — if there’s too much, your garage door’s rollers may clip off the tracks altogether and grind your opener’s operation to a halt.
  • Damaged Weather Stripping: As frozen precipitation gathers at the foot of your garage door, it can seal the door’s weather stripping to the door’s threshold. This leads to one of two things, neither of them good. First, your garage door may freeze shut, rendering your opener inoperable. Second, your garage door may pull away from the threshold, tearing away at your weather stripping. Either way, it’s a good idea to make sure any precipitation you happen to experience in Arizona is wiped away before raising or lowering your garage door.
  • Broken Springs: Garage doors and their many parts wear down over time. Who hasn’t experienced a broken spring? And springs are most likely to break during winter, when their tension and pressure are enhanced by contracting metal. It’s always a good idea to have a professional check your garage before winter begins. A comprehensive examination from an expert can help identify worn springs before they go kaput in the dead of winter. This will prevent you from experiencing garage door downtime when the weather is fiercest.
    • At Cookson Door Sales, we are the Phoenix area’s best option for garage door repair, maintenance, replacement and more. Since 1991, we’ve been serving homeowners in Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and surrounding communities. While winters in this area are rather mild compared to other parts of the country, there are still significant garage door risks during this time of year. Give us a call and learn more about ways to protect your garage door during wintertime, or have us visit your home for a maintenance review or to identify any potential problem areas. Our goal is to keep your garage door in full working order through winter and beyond.

      Contact us today about your home’s garage door.