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What to Do If Your Garage Door Won't Open or Close in the Cold

Trying to carry out your daily activities when it gets really cold out can be a challenge. To go to work, get groceries or pick up the kids from school may require you to bundle up, get in the car and navigate cold, wet, possibly icy roads. If your garage door isn’t working, it only adds to the stress.
It’s hard enough to get going in the morning without having to deal with a garage door that won’t open in the cold, and a garage door that won’t close in cold weather is letting all kinds of cold air and weather into your house. What are some of the reasons your garage door won’t open or close in cold weather, and what can you do about it?

Common Reasons a Garage Door Won’t Open or Close in the Cold

The reasons that a garage door won’t close or open in the cold weather are similar to why a door might not work at any time of year. However, these problems are more likely to occur in the cold for assorted reasons. Some of the most common reasons a garage door won’t open or close in the cold include:

  • Seized Parts: Metal is very prone to contraction when it gets cold, which can cause your torsion springs or other metal parts to seize up and not function. The proper and free movement of your garage door springs is a requirement for your door to move smoothly. Lubricate the springs and all moving parts with a silicone-based lubricant and try opening or closing the door again.
  • Warped Tracks: For your garage door to come down and retract correctly, the springs must pull the door along tracks by means of rollers. If the cold weather has warped the tracks, the door won’t be able to open or close smoothly, and you’ll need to replace them.
  • Frozen Lubricant: If you’re not using a silicone-based lubricant, it’s possible it could have frozen in the garage door parts, preventing the door from working. If you see hardened lubricant around your garage door parts and the door is not functioning, remove it with a grease solvent and replace it with a silicone-based lubricant.
  • Broken Springs: Your garage door relies on your torsion springs or extension springs to close. These springs have a set lifespan, usually of about 10,000 cycles, or openings plus closings of the door. If your springs are close to wearing out, the wintry weather may make them become brittle and snap. If one spring breaks, your door may open and close very awkwardly, or not at all. If they both should break, your garage door will not work. Either way, you need to call a garage door repair technician immediately.


Preventative Maintenance

Often by the time your door has reached the point where it will not open or close, it’s too late to do anything but replace the broken part. However, you can do something to prevent this from happening in the first place.
While unexpected repair issues can always happen, you can make them much less likely by scheduling regular maintenance for your door. Call Liberty Door and Awning to come in at least once a year to do professional regular maintenance, including:

  • Lubricating springs and other moving parts with the correct lubricant
  • Checking springs and other parts for wear
  • Replacing springs and other parts if they’re nearing the end of their life cycle
  • Making sure your weather-stripping is intact

The best time to call for maintenance is right before the cold season begins. This way, you can take care of any parts that need to be replaced before something breaks and your garage door is stuck open during a snowstorm. Preventative maintenance from Liberty Door and Awning can increase the life of your door and is much more affordable than a major garage door repair.

Get Fast Service To Fix Problem and Prevent Further Damage

If your garage door isn’t closing or opening, your best bet is to call Liberty Door and Awning for repair immediately. Our technicians know garage doors and the common problems that befall them in the cold. We can safely and accurately replace or repair any issues that may be interfering with your garage door operation. Delaying the repair or trying to operate a broken garage door is only likely to make the problem worse, and we’ll usually have a fast, affordable solution. To request service, contact us online now.

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