As we enter the winter months, we’re starting to see our usual winter season problems. Garage door openers, hinges, rollers, and more are seizing up. The colder it gets, the tougher it is for the moving parts of your garage door and opener to stay functional. We see this particularly in screw-driven openers, and older model garage doors. Keeping the garage door lubricated properly can prevent the moving parts from locking up at the most inopportune times. It’s fairly similar to why our knees ache in the wintertime. A professional garage door technician can lubricate and adjust every aspect of the garage door system in order to help prevent this problem from arising.
Have your garage door and opener serviced by professionals at least once per year. The International Door Association recommends that you have service done twice per year as the temperature changes. Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run. Try to think of your garage door in the same way you might think of your automobile. Would you go 5 or 10 years without an oil change? Unfortunately most homeowners go for 4 or more years without having their garage door and opener serviced. Consider the fact that scheduling maintenance ahead of time can keep those bolts secure, prevent rusting, and can point out problems that might continue to worsen over time so that you can keep an eye on them.
As part of the recommendation to have service done twice a year, the service you have done just before winter can be the most important. Rigidity caused by lower temperatures makes everything act up, and nobody wants to be sitting in their garage when it’s cold outside trying to figure out why their garage door got stuck half way open. Do yourself a favor and lubricate all the moving parts of your garage door with proper lubricants. But be careful, applying the wrong lubricant, or applying the wrong amount can do more harm than good. Refer to the professionals if you’re not sure what to use, how to use it, or where to apply it.