A lot of machinery breaks down during winter due to freezing temperatures and extreme wind pressure. This also applies to a garage door. The cables, springs and electronic parts usually freeze and get stuck during this time. That’s why it is necessary to check your door from time to time during winter.
The Effect Of Cold Weather
Garage doors and door openers are generally made up of metal. Basically, it contracts at freezing temperatures. Thus, your door can get stuck on its track making it hard to move even if you press the button of your remote or lift up the door.
Tips To Consider
It’s quite simple but fairly logical. Just use your door daily even if you have no plans of going out. Making your door move minimizes the chance of ice building up on the hinges, springs, rollers and tracks, which can cause damage. Usually, dry springs, chains and rollers are strained and won’t budge during winter. In this case, you can apply large amount of lubricant in these areas so that it can counter the freezing temperature and make them last longer during the cold.
Tracks should also be monitored during this time. The snow can pile down on its path making it hard for the door to close. Make sure that the track is clear enough for the door to rail smoothly. If you suspect any damage in the track, contact our experts immediately. Another thing to consider during winter is the weather seals.
Garage doors that have weather seals inserted can withstand the cold better. It filters the movement of the wind inside the garage. However, this feature will be useless if there are gaps in the weather strips. Just make sure that there are no holes and gaps between the seal and the door.