Winter Fallout: 4 Tips for Repairing Damage from Frozen Overhead Garage Doors

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Snowstorms bring a beautiful blanket of white that is both breathtaking and frustrating. Cold weather can bring with it a whole host of problems.

One of which is the damage that cold weather can cause to your garage door. Your garage door is large, expensive, and one of your home’s first defenses against the cold. That means that it has to withstand the harsh temperatures and sometimes they don’t do so well.

Here are some things to watch out for with frozen garage doors. We’ll also give you tips to keep your garage door safe during the harsh winter months.

Opening a Door that is Frozen to the Ground

When temperatures drop below freezing, watch for water pooling at the base of your door. Your door can actually get frozen to the ground. That can leave you in quite a pickle, especially if you use your garage door to get into your house.

There are a few things you can do to unstick your door. You shouldn’t try to open a frozen garage door with the opener. The extra strain could damage the opener’s motor.

Instead, you can try to use the manual release. Be aware that if it is very frozen, you won’t be able to force it open by hand either.

If that’s the case you can try chipping at it with a tool. Be careful not to scratch or damage your door in the process.

You can also use a heat gun to melt the ice or dump some hot water on it. Try to clear away the excess water or you’ll end up with a frozen door again.

Opener Issues

The cold can cause problems with your garage door opener also. The moving parts need lubrication to operate smoothly. Cold temperatures can cause these lubricants to thicken and not work well.

For safety, modern garage doors reverse direction when they meet with resistance. The point is to keep someone or something from being smashed. Sometimes the thick lubricants can cause enough resistance to trigger this safety feature.

Check for Water Damage

Most manufacturers treat their overhead garage door with special products to resist water damage. While these products help, they don’t make the doors invulnerable to water problems.

Keep an eye out for swelling. The door can get stuck if you try to open it or close it in this state. Swelling is most often a problem in wooden garage doors. But other materials also can suffer from water damage. Be sure to keep an eye out.

Repair the Seals

Another common issue with frozen garage doors is that the seals get damaged. This means that your door may begin to let warm or cold air in or out. Check and repair the seals to avoid a higher energy bill.

Other Damage from Frozen Garage Doors

Cold weather can also cause more serious issues like broken springs or cables. You should call a professional for these types of repairs. If you don’t know what you’re doing you can injure yourself.

If you suspect your overhead garage door needs more serious repairs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll get your door working again in no time.

 

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