With fall almost upon us and winter weather quickly approaching, there are a number of things that should be done to ready your garage door for the onslaught Mother Nature will throw at it. First and foremost is performing a late summer/early fall check-up. The primary benefit to performing a late summer/early fall check-up is catching problems with your garage door or opener that will need a service technician before cold weather sets in. This is always better because response times for garage door technicians are always much better due to business being slower at this time of year. An added benefit is that garage door service companies tend to run more specials and Check-up/Service discounts during the summer and fall in an effort to drum up business during these slow times. Cold temperatures directly affect many of the components of a garage door system from springs malfunctioning and contracting metal to thickening and hardening the lubricants used to lubricate the moving parts, hindering free movement of door opening components. Once cold weather sets in, reputable garage door service companies stay consistently busy through mid-spring when temperatures moderate again and garage door problems and service calls drop-off. So, there is no time like the present to check out your door and perform routine maintenance procedures and address those issues that should be addressed by a professional garage door service tech.
To perform a check-up:
- Open the garage door several times and listen for any new sounds such as grinding or excessive vibration and watch for any binding of door or moving parts.
- Visually inspect cabling for signs of wear or fraying.
- Visually inspect tracts and rollers and look for anything that can impede their normal travel.
- Verify the door is opening correctly, smoothly and in a straight and uniform manner as opening crookedly can be a sign of a worn or faltering spring that will potentially fail once exposed to cold temperatures. Note: Issues with springs should always be approached with caution and left to a professional as they are under great pressure and can cause injury or death if not handled correctly.
- Visually inspect the lubrication of the door and check for excessive amounts of grease which can thicken and harden with cold temperatures and inhibit free travel of door components. Silicone-based lubricants provide better performance in cold temperatures.
- Visually inspect the weather-stripping and check for signs of wear or cracking and confirm it is still attached tightly to door borders and not sagging. If it is stretched, sagging or unattached from door, it will allow wind, rain and snow to breach it as it isn’t sealed tightly and correctly. Replacing with fresh flexible weather-stripping will save money on energy costs by sealing out cold air and protect door from damage by moisture. It will also keep ice and snow from packing and building up at the base of the door, which can keep the door from opening, if frozen, or from fully closing, which can cause excessive wear on the door opener. It is also important to inspect weather-stripping for cleanliness. Excessive dirt and debris can hinder the seal and proper insulation. It is always a good idea to clean the surface area of weather-stripping to allow it to make good contact with whatever surface it is to come in contact with, ensuring a proper seal and insulation.
If we can in any way be off assistance to you, please give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have or if needed, schedule a service call with one of our friendly, knowledgeable and professional service technicians.