Even though winter weather is finally clearing out, you’ll want to make sure your garage door is safe from any damage that the cold temperatures might’ve caused.
Sometimes the signs of damage are obvious – like a garage door that won’t open. But many times, the signs of damage to your door can be more subtle. Not to worry, though! Most of these problems can be fixed through some easy maintenance.
Here are a few common issues that can be caused by cold weather, and how to solve them.
1. Your door won’t open, or it gets stuck frequently:
During the winter, this is usually caused by issues with the weather stripping between your garage door and the ground. Water gets trapped in between them and freezes, making the door stick to the ground. Thankfully replacing your weather stripping is an easy fix – here’s some info that will get you started.
This could also be the result of your garage door opener. You can tell if this is the case by disconnecting your opener and trying to open the door manually. If the door opens fine, try replacing the batteries and reconnect it to the garage door. If that still doesn’t fix the issue, you should contact us for a repair since it may be due to safety purposes.
2. Your door makes loud, screeching noises when it opens and closes.
This is usually due to wear and tear on your garage door’s springs. In order to keep your door’s springs running smoothly, you should try to lubricate them about once a month. Here’s a great video that shows how to do it. And here’s how to tell if your springs need replaced. Another helpful tip is to add better insulation to your garage. That’ll keep the temperature from fluctuating as much, so your springs will generally have less wear on them.
If your springs are definitely broken, please call us for a repair. These repairs can be very dangerous for the average person to try to do themselves.
And no matter what problems you run into with your garage door, you can always give us a call. We service Columbus and its surrounding areas for new installations and quick repairs.
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