Garage Doors in Cold Weather
The cold weather season is the worst time of year for garage door failure. These simple tips can help you diagnose and potentially solve the problem yourself, saving you time and money.
First, you’ll want to check the batteries in your remote control. If your remote is transmitting a weak signal due to old batteries, you could be stuck.
Is something blocking the sensors? Your garage door sensors, if equipped, transmit a signal between the two “eyes”. If this signal is broken by any type of obstruction, it won’t close. Boxes, lawn equipment, random items that may have fallen from the back of the car – if it’s in the way, your door will not close.
While you’re checking your sensor’s line of vision for possible obstructions, take a closer look at the sensors themselves. Are the lenses fogged? Sometimes in cold weather, these lenses develop a fine film of condensation that will break the connection between the two sensors, and keep your garage door from closing. Wipe them very gently, with a soft cloth, to avoid upsetting the calibration.
Chilly weather, typically below 35 degrees, can cause the oil that lubricates the motor and allows the door to travel smoothly within the track to thicken. At times, you might need to have the “down force” setting adjusted on your motor to have the garage door completely close to the floor. When in doubt, it is always a good idea to place your garage door in manual mode by pulling the red cord and test that the door functions smoothly. If the door feels heavy to lift, you may be dealing with a broken spring. This repair should only be performed by trained professionals.
Before you make any adjustments to your garage door system, you should always consult the owner’s manual. Your system may have particular issues that need special attention. When in doubt, call a specialized garage door repairman to do the job.