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Smooth Garage Door Operation in the Winter

04/17/2016 Back To Blog

The lower temperatures, the snow and the ice can have an adverse impact on the operation of your overhead garage door only if you let them. With proper preparation and care, you can have the system working optimally at all times. Even if problems occur, you will be able to resolve them quickly and effectively when you know exactly what to do. Let's get started.Smooth Garage Door Operation in the Winter

Preparing the System


You should provide full maintenance to the system before the cold weather starts. Use a broom to clean the cobwebs hanging around. Wash the panels with a mixture of liquid detergent and water. Remember to rinse them with a sponge and a bucket or two of water and not with the garden hose. If necessary, you should also repaint the panels. With the use of weather-resistant paint, they will get reliable protection from the elements.

You should check if the weather seals need replacement. When there is plenty of ambient light outside, go into the garage, close the door and turn off the lights. If you see light coming through the sides, bottom and top of the door, you should set new seals in place. Check the retainer of the bottom seal. If it is not in good condition, it should be fixed or replaced.

The moving hardware parts require lubrication so that they can work smoothly even when the temperature drops. Wipe any dust off them. If there is stubborn sticky dirt, you should remove it with the mildest and safest solvent that you can find. A soft-bristled brush will help you do a great job. When choosing lubricant, you should check what the manufacturer of your door recommends. You should consider using non-sticky lithium-based product as it does not harden when the temperature drops. Apply an even layer of the product on the torsion spring and all other moving metal components. Remember that rollers require lubrication only if the wheels are made from steel.

If you have a chain or screw drive opener, you should lubricate the metal chain or rod respectively. Again, it pays off to check what kind of lubricant the manufacturer of the device recommends to be on the safe side. Even application is essential. Remember to run one cycle of opening and closing after you are done.

Resolving Issues


If the bottom of the door gets frozen, the whole unit will be stuck in place. The best way to resolve this issue is to apply heat to the bottom section. You must not attempt to break the ice with a sharp object as the risk of damage is huge.

Last, but not least, you should clean the garage floor more often during the winter to remove road salts. This is important since they can cause damage to both the lower ends of the tracks and the bottom panel. 

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