Winter brings its own set of difficulties for homeowners. Heavy snowfall, ice and snow drifts can affect traffic, travel possibilities and more. Large snowfall can cause felled trees, cracked driveways, collapsing roofs and other costly damage. For some homeowners, the cold weather can bring another complication that can be frustrating and inconvenient. Maybe on a cold morning when you’re getting ready for work, you push the button to open the garage door, but nothing happens. Or, you’re heading home from the grocery store with a trunk full of groceries and the garage door doesn’t budge when you push the remote. What could be wrong?
When troubleshooting a garage door that won’t open, start with some of the obvious issues that can easily be remedied.
Check the batteries in your remote. Old batteries may have a weak signal, causing the door to not open. Replace with new batteries and attempt to open the door again.
Today’s garage door openers are controlled by sensor eyes on either side of the garage door opening. If anything is obstructing the opening, the opener won’t work as expected. Ensure the path between the two eyes is clear.
Cold weather can also cause problems with the sensors themselves. Have the lenses become clouded with condensation? Are the eyes lined up correctly? Wipe away any build-up on the lens with a soft cloth, readjust the eyes and make sure the calibration is correct.
Rising and falling temperatures in the winter can cause an aggravating, but expected result: the door can freeze to the ground. As snow and condensation build up around the edges of your garage door, frozen water can create a seal that prevents the door from opening. To fix this issue, release the emergency lock cord. This will allow you to manually open the garage door. Pull up on the door in an attempt to break the seal that has formed. If you cannot open the door, use a heat gun (a hairdryer will work in a pinch) or an ice scraper to remove the ice.
Cold weather can harden the grease on the moving parts of your garage door. To remedy this problem, apply a grease solvent to the moving parts of the door. Work the solvent into cracks and crevices with a small, stiff brush. Wipe away the solvent completely. Apply a silicone-based lubricant to any parts that move.
Extreme temperatures can affect both the track and the moving parts on a garage door. Rollers can become worn, tracks can warp or may have been damaged. Visually inspect the rollers and track for signs of problems with these components. Issues with either the track or the rollers requires service from a professional garage door repair company.
The weight of your garage door is counterbalanced by a spring system in the opener. Over time, the garage door springs can wear down and break. Compounded by the expansion and contraction of metal when exposed to cold temperatures, these springs often fail during winter. To diagnose broken springs, manually open your garage door halfway up. Let go of the door. If it falls, the springs are worn or broken and need to be serviced by a professional garage door repair company. Another sign of broken springs on your garage door? When you open the door manually, if the door is heavier than normal to lift, the springs are likely broken.
Garage door springs have a lifespan of approximately 10,000 cycles. On average, the typical homeowner cycles their garage door 1,200 times per year going to and from work. Add in additional openings due to errands, getting equipment in and out of the garage and other miscellaneous reasons and you can easily cycle your door close to 5,000 times per year. Instead of waiting for the springs to fail, use some preventative maintenance to extend the life of your garage door opener springs.
Fortunately, many problems with garage door springs can be prevented with routine maintenance. Use solvent to clean the moving parts of your garage door and opener. Apply lubricant to the pulleys and bearings in the opener. Using a soft cloth, wipe away all solvent. Finally, apply silicone-based lubricant to the garage door springs, roller bar, torsion bar and other moving parts.
If you are experiencing problems with your garage door, contact AGS – A Garage Door Service at (940) 343-7537 for maintenance and repair.
Are you experiencing issues with your garage door springs, need a new opener or in the market for a new garage door? Contact the professionals at AGS – A Garage Door Service to schedule your service today. We are experts in installing and maintaining garage doors and openers. We’d be happy to discuss your service options with you. Call today!