Fall is here at last, and it’s the perfect time of the year to get your garage door ready for the cold weather ahead.

Winter is coming, and it’s not just something they say on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Winter is actually coming, and the better you prepare your garage, the better it will able to withstand the harsh weather ahead. At Garage Door Service, we don’t just offer garage door installation and repair in Windsor; we also want to keep your garage door in good shape for as long as possible. Check out our last blog for a few tips for preparing your garage door for winter, and keep reading to learn more.

#3. Lubricate the metal parts.

By lubricating the springs, rollers and track with an oil-based lubricant, you can ensure that your garage door will open and close smoothly all winter long. Avoid using grease or a degreaser, like WD-40, and be sure to remove any leftover lubricant from past applications.

#4. Inspect the spring.

Pull the emergency cord on your garage door opener to disable it, and then manually open your garage door. If you were able to manually open the door easily, then your springs are in good shape, but if it is difficult to open, hire a professional to take a look. Springs can be incredibly dangerous to work on, so only a professional should repair them.

#5. Make sure that the automatic reversal system is working.

There are two kinds of automatic reversal systems, and each one should be checked in a different way:

Photoelectric – If you have a photoelectric automatic reversal system, then there is a sensor that is designed to detect objects and reverse the garage door before it hits them. To make sure it is working properly, put an object in the beam of the sensor and close the garage door. If it won’t close, then the system is working properly.

Mechanical – If you have a mechanical system, then it will cause the garage door to go back up if it detects resistance from an object in its path. To test your system, put a piece of wood in the threshold and close your garage door. When the door hits the wood, it will stop closing once it detects it.

By completing the above steps, you can keep your garage door in good working order all winter long. You could also save yourself the hassle and have the experts at Garage Door Service prepare your garage door for winter for you!