As you may realize, cold weather affects garage doors and openers in many ways. The more you know going in, the more prepared you’ll be to handle them.
Cold Weather Effects on Garage Door Openers
Your garage door system is a machine. Like any other machine, it has moving parts. And like anything with moving parts, temperature changes can have an impact on how they operate. Cold weather especially can affect your garage door since it’s outside.
In the cold, your garage door opener may strain to open the door, which could create greater energy costs to you or cause the garage door or opener to break. Or, the garage door opener may not be able to open the door at all. So, what can you do to maintain your garage door opener and your garage door in the cold weather?
How Does the Cold Weather Affect My Opener?
If you have a wood garage door, your first priority when it comes to protecting your garage door and garage door opener from cold weather is keeping your door dry. Dry off any sleet, snow or rain from your garage door as soon as possible. Your door, door frame and door jamb are all capable of absorbing water, which can cause the door to swell and interfere with the opener operation. Of course, water can also freeze in cold weather. If this happens to your door, it may get frozen shut.
But what about your garage door opener itself? The interior of your garage door also has lots of moving parts that can be affected by the cold. Your garage door opener may require extra energy to open and close your door in the cold, so you want to give it every advantage possible.
Be sure to lubricate all moving parts. If your garage door springs are properly lubricated, the garage door opener won’t have to work nearly as hard, and minimizing strain on the opener motor is your goal. For this reason, it’s also important to make sure you use the right lubricant. A garage door professional can advise you on the best lubricant to use for your personal garage door parts.
Another issue that may affect whether your garage door opener works in the winter is the condition of the photo-eye sensors. If these sensors are fogged over because of the cold, they won’t be able to communicate with each other, the garage door will think there is an obstruction and the garage door opener won’t work. If your garage door isn’t closing and there’s no other explanation, this may be the reason why. Fortunately, cleaning off the lenses is usually a simple fix.
Garage Door and Opener Maintenance in New Jersey
One way to make sure your garage door and garage door opener stay in good working order throughout the winter is with professional maintenance. When you call Liberty Door and Awning in New Jersey, our highly-trained experts will do a complete maintenance check, including:
- Lubricating all moving parts fully
- Checking rollers and tracks for debris
- Making sure your sensor eyes are clean and properly aligned
- Checking weather-stripping
- Identifying any other potential issues
The best time to schedule annual maintenance is right before winter begins, so you don’t find yourself facing a garage door that’s stuck wide open during the coldest part of the year. However, if you haven’t had garage door maintenance in a long time — or ever — it’s never a bad time to start.
Another thing you can do to protect your garage door and garage door opener from the effects of the cold is to replace your existing door with an insulated garage door. Liberty Door and Awning has a wide array of beautiful Clopay® insulated steel doors with varying R-Values for you to choose from. Feel free to come down to our showroom to see samples of our amazing Clopay® doors.
Liberty Door and Awning stands ready to meet all your garage door requirements in New Jersey. Whether you need garage door repair, annual maintenance or a new garage door — insulated or otherwise — call us at (732) 286-3667 or contact us online today.