Do you have trouble getting your garage door to open or close when it’s cold out?
Although we still have more than a month to go, winter is coming, and as the temperature starts dropping, it can affect your garage door opener in many different ways. The winter can bring many challenges for your garage door opener, including:
#1. Contracting Metal
When it’s cold, it can cause the springs and other metal parts in your garage door to contract and seize up. Luckily, you can easily remedy this problem by lubricating the springs, rollers, hinges and all other moving parts in your garage door opener. For best results, we recommend that you use a silicone-based lubricant.
#2. Hardening Grease
Lubricating grease is essential for keeping your garage door opener running smoothly, but the vast majority of lubricants are designed to work in extremely hot conditions, and they don’t always function well in the cold. Grease can harden and thicken when it’s cold out, which can hinder your garage door opener from doing its job. If this is the case for your garage door, remove the grease with a solvent and replace it with a lubricant that is silicone-based.
#3. Excess Grease
As we mentioned before, grease is essential, but there is such a thing as too much grease. When there is too much lubrication, it can damage the alignment of your rollers, which makes it difficult for your garage door to open as it should. You can remove the excess grease with a solvent.
#4. Blocked Photo-Electric Sensor
Your garage door opener’s photo-electric sensor is an important safety feature that prevents your garage door from closing on something or someone in its path. When temperatures drop, it can cause frost or condensation to build up in the photo-electric sensor, preventing your garage door from closing. To correct the problem, simply wipe off the sensors.
#5. Warped, Worn or Misaligned Tracks
Over time, the tracks in your garage door opener can become worn out or misaligned, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for your garage door to open and close properly. Additionally, extreme temperatures can actually warp the tracks. If your tracks are damaged, you will need a professional to correct the issue.
Winter is coming, and as you can see, it’s a season that isn’t exactly easy on your garage door opener. Check out our previous blog to learn about the steps you can take to prepare your garage door opener for winter, and contact the garage door installation and repair experts in Loveland at Garage Door Service with any questions or concerns you may have.