The Top 4 Winter Garage Door Repairs You Can DIY… or Have Us DFY (do for you).

This time of year turns garage doors into monsters. Every day you pull in and out of your garage thinking: Man, I should really get around to that garage door repair before my door falls on my car. And every day you think: Meh, I’ll get to that tomorrow. Here’s your chance to be an anti-procrastination superhero. We’ve got four quick fixes/checkups that will keep your garage door running smoothly through the winter months.

Stifle the Steven Tyler Scream.

Ever notice how your garage door ends up sounding like a Steven Tyler scream…or maybe a Chewbacca growl? Greasing up all the moving parts is one of the simplest ways to get rid of the squeaking and ensure that your garage door runs smoothly. All that metal on metal requires some TLC, so grab a bottle of grease/oil/silicone spray (like this bestseller), a step ladder, and an old rag to get started. Then, be awesome and follow these instructions:

  1. Close your garage door.
  2. Take your old rag and wipe down all the metal parts you see. You have to get all the old gunk off before the grease spray can stick.
  3. Then spray the hinges, springs, and other moving parts of your garage door.
  4. Open and close the garage door a couple times to move the oil around.
  5. Open the garage a little bit, leaving it partially open (so you can reach new areas of the opener).
  6. Spray the tracks, rollers, and anything you may have missed.
  7. Open and close the garage door a couple more times.

Put a Spring in Your Next Step. Literally.

Ready for the easiest thing in the world? Check your springs before the cold weather hits. Look at your garage door springs and see if they’re rusty, warped, or just plain old. We’d be happy to come out and replace them before the real Ohio winter hits.

Avoid the Light Pole Scene in A Christmas Story.

One of the most common things we see is old weather stripping causing some major problems. Picture the kid in A Christmas Story who gets his tongue stuck to the light post. That’s what happens when old weather stripping lets in freezing rain. It gets ripped off the pavement. Ouch. Don’t let that happen to your poor garage. Consult your garage door manual for the DIY* route. Consult us if that thought makes you want to cry. If you have a LiftMaster garage door opener and need to search for your manual, here’s where you can do that.

Don’t Call for Backup.

Most new garage door openers come with a built-in backup battery. This means that when the next power outage hits this winter, you actually don’t need to call us. Normally we want you to, but this time we’ve just gotta share how easy it is with the newer garage door opener systems to keep running when your power goes out. If you are more of the “vintage” type whose garage door opener is from 1892, that’s okay. Here’s your key to fixing that when the power goes out.

The fact is, garage door repairs suck. They’re not fun, and they’re the last thing you want to put on your honey-do list. But, we promise that if you follow some of the advice above, you’ll be in great shape this winter. If the freezing temperatures take a swing at your garage door and you need some help, please call us. We don’t want you to hate your week because of a pesky garage door spring. We do emergency and not-so-emergency repairs in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding areas like Dublin, Worthington, Hilliard, Lewis Center, Gahanna, Grove City, Pataskala, Westerville, Powell…you get it. All those burbs. We’d love to earn your business and promise we can fix whatever you throw at us.

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*Please consult your garage door manual for any DIY adventures you take.