Most Common Winter Garage Door Problems

winter garage door problems

For many, winter can be a beautiful and magical time of the year as glistening snow surrounds our homes. For some, snow-covered landscapes are the norm, while homeowners in Alabama rarely have that scene as part of our winter wonderland. 

Even though snow is unusual for us, low to freezing temperatures can occur. As the temperatures drop, garage doors can face some common problems that might make it a bit challenging to enjoy the winter season. 

In this week’s blog, Dixie Overhead Door will share some of the most common winter garage door problems and how to address them.

Weather Stripping Woes

One of the first problems you might notice is a problem with your garage door’s weather stripping. Weather stripping is the rubber or vinyl material that runs along the bottom of your garage door. Its job is to create a tight seal when the door is closed, keeping cold air, moisture, and pests from entering your garage.

In cold temperatures, weather stripping can become brittle and crack. This can lead to gaps that allow cold air to come into your garage. The solution is simple: inspect your weather stripping regularly and replace it if you notice any damage. Weather stripping can be found at your local hardware store. It’s a cost-effective way to keep your garage warmer in the winter.

Frozen Door Dilemmas

When moisture gets trapped between the door and the garage floor, it can freeze overnight, making it nearly impossible to open your door in the morning.

To prevent this problem, make sure to clear any moisture from the area around your garage door before closing it. You can also apply a silicone-based lubricant to the weather stripping to prevent it from sticking to the ground. If your garage door does get stuck due to ice, avoid using excessive force to open it, as this can damage the door or the opener. Instead, gently melt the ice with a hairdryer or warm water. Or in our case, just give it a few hours and the Alabama sun will have your car free in no time.

Garage Door Opener Issues

If you notice that your garage door is struggling to open or close, the cause may be the opener’s sensitivity settings. In colder temperatures, the metal components of the opener may contract, causing it to become less responsive.

To address this issue, consult your garage door opener’s manual and adjust the sensitivity settings accordingly. You may also want to lubricate the opener’s moving parts with a silicone-based lubricant to ensure smooth operation.

Shivering Springs

Garage door springs are necessary to lift and lower your door. During winter, these springs can become less flexible and more prone to breakage due to the cold temperatures. If you hear a loud bang or notice that your garage door won’t open, a broken spring might be the culprit.

Fixing a broken garage door spring is a job best left for Dixie Overhead Door, as it can be dangerous. You could get seriously hurt or cause further damage to your door. Instead, contact Dixie Overhead Door. One call does it all! 

Sluggish Sensors

Modern garage doors are equipped with safety sensors that prevent them from closing if an object or person is in the way. In winter, these sensors can become sluggish due to the cold, causing your garage door to unexpectedly reverse.

To address this problem, check the sensors for any obstructions or debris that might be in the way. You can also try cleaning the sensors with a soft, dry cloth to ensure they function correctly. If the issue persists, you can consult your garage door opener’s manual for guidance on adjusting the sensor sensitivity. 

If you’re unsure about what to do, Dixie Overhead Door is only a phone call away.

Garage Door Maintenance

In conclusion, winter can bring its share of challenges for your garage door. The key to a trouble-free winter with your garage door is regular maintenance and prompt attention to any issues that arise. Dixie Overhead Door offers garage door maintenance for homeowners throughout the Montgomery and Auburn-Opelika areas. 

If your garage needs repaired, maintenance or replaced, schedule an appointment with Dixie Overhead Door today!