How to Make Sure Your Garage is Operating Correctly This Winter
Winter is coming, and one of the quickest ways your home can lose heat during the cold winter months is through a garage door that won't close, or that is not well-insulated. When the winter wind is whipping through the trees, it can also steal the heat from your garage — a room that insulates the rest of your home from the arctic blasts outside. Or perhaps your garage door has been sticking and causing you to park outside and scrape snow off your vehicle on a daily basis. No fun! Troubleshoot these common garage door problems so you can stay warm this winter.
Check Grease Levels
If your garage door isn't opening and closing smoothly, one of the easiest problems to diagnose and repair is to clean off excess grease and reapply. Greases used for lubrication are often meant to operate in warm conditions. Cold weather can cause sticking and clumping if there's too much grease in the tracks. Old, hardened grease can be removed from your garage door parts by using a solvent to soften it first before removing the excess. Reapply with a silicone-based grease that is rated for use in the winter. However, cleaning the old grease out can be very messy and even dangerous, it's a good idea to contact a professional to get this job done.
Tighten Your Seals
If you've stayed in your garage for any time in the winter months, you'll realize that while the room may be insulated, it's still plenty cold and nowhere near as warm as the interior of your home. However, your garage may be feeling the freeze if you haven't installed or checked your weather seals lately. This small layer of insulation helps block out freezing winds before it reaches your home, with the added benefit of keeping out small pests that may be looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter.
If you're hearing a great deal of creaking and groaning when you're operating your garage door, there's a possibility that your tracks have become warped or are out of alignment. This can be difficult to diagnose and nearly impossible to fix yourself, so if you're experiencing these issues, it's best to contact a professional garage door repair facility. Metal also contracts in the winter, causing some parts to seize up or shrink a bit. Be sure you're only putting a silicone-based lubricant on the parts that need it — and keep it clear of the tracks.
Don't leave your family out in the cold if you experience a problem with a broken garage door this winter. Give the friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvement a call today at 937-885-4545 or request a free estimate online. Our customers are raving fans of our work — and we know that you will be, too!