Common Problems with Garage Doors During the Winter

Your entire home can be affected by the frigid temperatures, snow and ice that come with a typical winter season. It’s smart to keep up with the elements by doing proper weatherproofing — such as using protective exterior paint, sealing cracks and checking for water damage. Many homeowners focus on these tasks while inadvertently neglecting their garage door, which is one of the most hardworking conveniences in the house. You can avoid pricey garage door repair services by recognizing some of the more common problems that can cause damage during the winter months.

Improper Lubrication

Cold weather has an effect on the metal parts of your garage door, which may result in the door becoming stuck to the drive track that guides it when raising or lowering. Therefore, it’s important to use a good quality lubricant on the track wheels and hinges to keep the door running smoothly.

Damaged Weather Stripping

When water freezes near a closed garage door, it can cause the weather stripping to stick to the ground. Then, as you raise the door, the strip peels and you lose the proper sealing that insulates the garage’s interior. Brush away snow and puddles often to prevent the weather stripping from becoming damaged.

Dirty Garage Door Opener Sensors

Sand and salt are often used to treat icy roads, and much of this winter sludge is brought into your garage on your car’s tires. The grime eats away at the electronics of your garage door opener’s motor, often requiring repair. It also can cause a safety issue when the dirt blocks the photo eyes that sense drive track obstructions, such as a person.

These are just a few of the frequent issues that can arise with your garage door during the cold temperatures and foul weather of winter. Awareness of the red flags is important, whether they serve as a reminder to undertake preventative maintenance or force you to contact a qualified garage door repair expert. Catching these issues early will save you money on door replacement and ensure that your garage’s contents are protected.


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