The winter weather in Ohio can create numerous problems around your house during the winter. Fortunately, many homeowners focus their tasks for winter preparations on doing proper weatherproofing, preventing freezing pipes and maintaining their furnace; however, it is equally important to prepare your garage door for the winter. The snow, ice and below freezing temperatures can significantly affect the operation of your garage door. Here are a few common problems you may encounter with your garage door this winter and how to prevent them.
One of the most common problems you may experience with the garage door this winter is the door freezing to the ground. Whether it rained the night before freezing temperatures or there is a buildup of ice and snow in front of and just below the door, as it melts, the freezing temperatures turns it to ice, causing the door to stick to the ground. This could be due to either the door itself or the weather stripping freezing to the ground. To prevent this, brush away snow and water puddles to prevent freezing. Another trick is to spray a small amount of cooking oil spray along the bottom of the door to prevent freezing and sticking.
Condensation on Sensors/Dirty Sensors
Garage doors that are equipped with a photoelectric sensor may collect condensation and/or frost, which can prevent you from opening the door. Another common problem is dirty sensors. Slush, grime and snow can build up on the sensor and prevent it from operating correctly. The sensors are located on each side of the garage door and project a beam across the bottom of the opening; an obstruction in the beam will prevent the door from closing. To prevent these problems, routinely wipe the sensors with a clean, dry cloth.
Not only does the water and snow affect the operation of your garage door, but the temperatures alone can cause the grease and lubricants to thicken on the garage door rollers and tracks, preventing you from opening and closing the door. The good news is there is an easy solution to this problem. Instead of using traditional grease and lubricants for smooth operation of the door, use a silicone based lubricant, which typically doesn't freeze during the cold Ohio winters.
Contracting Materials, such as Wood and Metal
Cold temperatures cause the metal and wood components of your garage door to contract, which can make it difficult to open and/or close the door. If this issue isn’t addressed, it can cause metal parts, such as the springs and screws to seize up and possibly snap. If the springs freeze up, it can be dangerous, so it is important that you not attempt to correct the problem yourself, instead contact a professional garage door company to make the repairs. One of the ways to prevent this problem is to apply a silicone lubricant to moveable parts before the temperatures start to drop.
Winter is just around the corner and the upcoming freezing temperatures can put an unnecessary strain on your garage door. Prevention is the first step to avoiding being stuck in the cold due to a non-operating garage door. There are several things you can do to prevent the door of your garage from freezing or getting damaged in cold weather, such as making sure all moving parts are lubricated and keeping the bottom of the door free from snow and water puddles. However, several moving parts on the garage door can become a hazard, especially if it is broken springs, so the best prevention is to contact a local garage door company to do routine maintenance before the bad weather arrives.
To ensure your garage door is ready for Ohio winter weather, contact Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement.