A broken garage door is more than an inconvenience because it leaves the home open to harsh winter elements. That is why it is necessary to maintain garage doors when the weather turns cold.
Here are a few tips:
Wipe down weather stripping and check
The weather strip might get frozen to
the pavement. If this happens, you will face trouble opening the door,
especially if there are cracks in the stripping. Dry your weather stripping to
avoid this issue altogether. If you notice cracks, they have to be fixed right
Clean dirt from the door, track, and
As you use your garage door, dirt and
grime builds up on it, as well as on the track, and rollers. It might not
seem like a big deal now, but you have to clean the dirt before winter sets in.
If you neglect this problem, the dirt traps in moisture, which freezes and
causes difficulty while opening the door.
Lubricate all moving parts
All moving components have to be
lubricated thoroughly, as they tend to get cold and stuck during winter.
Lubrication ensures smooth operation at all times. Don’t overdo – wipe off
Garage doors move up and down thousands
of times a year. When you do the same thing day after day, the garage door
wears out after some time. Parts become loose, so they have to be tightened
periodically, or they might fall off. Go in with a socket wrench whenever
you get the chance and tighten up any brackets and bolts.
Test door balance
When the garage door balance is off,
the opener is forced to work harder, so it might have to be replaced sooner.
Disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle so the door moves about
halfway up. If it doesn’t stay in place then there is a problem with your
balance and you have to get it fixed professionally.
Inspect and replace your rollers
No matter what material your rollers
are made out of they need to be inspected at least twice a year and replaced
after seven. These numbers go up if you rely on your garage door a lot. If you
notice the rollers are cracked or chipped, replace them without further delay.
Remove and reinstall any roller brackets that aren’t attached to the cable
listen for any unusual sounds made by the garage door when it is being opened or
closed, as these noises usually indicate faulty mechanisms.