Winter Garage Door ProblemsCategory : Blog
Tips for keeping your garage door working in tip top conditions during the cold winter months.
Garage door repair is one of the necessary things homeowners will need to contend with, especially during the winter months in Austin, TX. The low temperatures from December up until February usually cause these problems due to a variety of reasons. One, the material that garage doors are made of may contract because of the temperature, making the garage doors creaky, which may cause some screws to become loose.
Snow and ice may also accumulate on some nooks and crannies of the garage door, making it impossible to open. There are also instances when the garage door sensor is covered in ice or other material, which makes it unusable during the winter time.
Garage Door Trouble Areas
Thus, it is important for homeowners to be aware of the trouble areas of their garage door, so that they know how to deal with it. These are the door sensors, pulley tension, and the door’s tracks. As mentioned earlier, the sensors may not respond to the signals a homeowner transmits through a button or remote control because it may be covered in snow or it might have gotten off track.
The brackets bracing the sensors may contract due to the cold weather, causing them to move from their original position. An easy DIY fix would be to locate them, shave off any accumulated slush, snow, or ice, secure them into their original position, and the door should close without difficulty.
The tension provided by the pulleys on both sides of the garage door (if you have a torsion spring door) may be something a homeowner needs help for from a professional garage door service. The problem in the pulley’s tension arises from the inequality on each side of the garage door. The tension on one side may be lesser or greater than the other side, which will cause the door to close improperly. That means a side of the door might hang lower compared to the other side, so the door will temporarily stick.
For people with tall vehicles, this may cause the door to scratch the roof of the vehicle, with its low lift. If left unrepaired, the door will eventually be stuck permanently, so it might not go up or down anymore.
The pulleys are problematic in cold weather because they are made of metal, which contracts in low temperature and thus, results in unequal tension on both sides of the door. Since the problem requires the pulleys on both sides of the door to have balanced tension, at least two people, or professionals would need to repair it. One person remedying this problem increases the risk of danger and injury.
Lastly, problems with garage doors may also stem from its tracks getting derailed. When garage door tracks are moved from their original position, the door cannot be properly closed. The tracks shrink due to cold temperatures, thus allowing movement from where they are supposed to be. For the garage door to be closed properly again, the tracks need to be re-aligned.
If the tracks are not moved but the tracks are still stuck, synthetic oil may be used on the rollers to keep it in motion. However, it should be noted that lubricant should not be used on the tracks as it can freeze and stop any motion on the garage door. Lubricant should be used on the wheels, not on the track. If gummed lubricant does not get removed with mild detergent, the service of professional garage door repair company may be needed.