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How does cold weather affect garage door openers?

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A garage door system has many moving parts that can be affected by temperature changes, especially during the cold winters in Calgary. This article lists some of the most common cold-weather garage door problems and some steps you can take to keep your residential garage door maintained during the winter months.

The door fails to open

One of the most common issues during the winter is a door that won’t open at all. If you hear the mechanics firing up but the garage door won’t open, you may have a problem with the rollers. In a garage door system, these rollers enable the door to move along the tracks, which require lubrication. If the lubricant is frozen because of cold weather, it can lead to “jerky” rolling or cause the door to become stuck.

Malfunctioning garage door opener

A residential garage opener is the box at the top of the doors that control the door’s lifting and shutting. If you press the button to open or close the garage door, but you don’t hear the usual firing up of the garage system, you may have an issue with the opener. It could be that the battery needs change or the cold weather is hindering the performance of the opener and other garage door components.
The door feels heavy

Another component impacted by cold weather is the springs of a garage door system. If the door feels heavy when you try to raise it manually, it’s often a sign of a worn spring. The high-tension springs of a garage door are dangerous and should always be repaired or replaced by a professional technician.

Frozen door

If your residential garage door won’t open, check the base of the door for an accumulation of ice and snow. If the bottom of the door is frozen to the concrete floor, try using hot water to melt the ice or carefully chipping it away. It’s important not to manually force the door open as doing so can break the weather stripping.

Garage door maintenance during the winter

While we can’t control the weather, there are a few things you can do to keep your garage door in good condition in the winter and all year round:

  • Clear the rollers and tracks of debris
  • Clean sensors and make sure they are aligned
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Check weather-stripping

When it comes to your garage door’s heavy components, like the springs and the door itself, repairs are best left for a professional to avoid serious injuries.


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