Why Winter is Good Time to Inspect Your Garage Door

winter garage doorBefore the availability of garage doors openers, especially with modern safety features, opening and closing garage doors took physical strength. Since these doors can weigh hundreds of pounds, trying to raise the door caused sprains, strains and injuries. These doors also descended quickly and harmed anything and anyone in their path.

While today’s garage doors openers make raising and lowering garage doors easier and safer, they still need maintenance and care. These doors get constant use, sometimes several times a day. Like any other device used in the home, garage door openers eventually need repair and replacement. Wires wear, belts crack, timing gets off. At least once a year, garage door openers need to be completely checked over. Regular maintenance will give the owner a “heads-up” about any potential problems.

While mild weather might seem a good time to check things out, it is in winter that more things go wrong with the garage door openers. Icy conditions can cause parts of the opener to freeze, crack or break. Springs, which usually last for five to seven years, may break due to cold weather conditions. A winter inspection will make sure springs are in good condition. If they are not, the check reveals that condition so they can be replaced.

An inspection ensures the door is balanced so it raises and lowers without catching or refusing to go all the way one direction or the other. Inspection, using an item placed on the floor where it will be centered when the door lowers on it, will show whether the door will reverse and return to a complete open positioning on contact. A balanced door will stay open when left in position at two and four feet off the ground. A door that does not raise or lower in a controlled manner is a door that needs adjustments or replacement of the springs for the longevity of the unit as well as the safety of people and pets.

Inspection includes
* lubrication,
* tightening of bolts and screws,
* checking all belts, hinges and safety sensors to make sure everything is in proper working order.

Winter inspections make sense because during cold weather lubricant does not work as well. Cold weather also tends to make plastic parts brittle. A winter inspection helps keep a minor problem from becoming a dangerous one that could end up with injuries.

Proper inspection, adjustments and maintenance take a certain expertise. Individuals should not try to complete adjustments, replacements or repairs on their own unless they have the knowledge and skill to do so. Instead, during those winter months, call in the experts to make sure your garage door opener will open when the snow falls along with the temperatures.

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