Why Won’t My Garage Door Opener Work in the Winter?

This is a common question our garage door company in Forest Lake gets this time of year. Temperatures plummet and, all of a sudden, gadgets and mechanisms that normally function just fine in the warm weather are not working properly! Here are a few quick troubleshooting tips.

There are a few ways you can figure out what the problem is with your garage door not opening or closing properly. The first thing to check is the most obvious: make sure your garage door opener has fresh batteries in it. Old batteries could transmit a weak signal, and that could be the problem.

If this does not work, disconnect your garage door opener when your garage door is in the down position. Then try to manually raise the door and see if it is sticking in any spots. If so, grease could be built up. If you are unsure of how to clean the grease build-up, call our garage door company for help.

If you didn’t notice any sticky spots, reconnect your garage door opener and then do a visual inspection for broken springs. If you see any that are broken, please do not try to repair them at home. This is a fix that requires a professional hand, so call our garage door company and get on our schedule. We offer same-day service, so you won’t have to wait too long for one of our technicians to respond.

Remember that metal contracts when it is cold outside, so make sure that your garage door’s springs, rollers, hinges and other moving parts have the right amount of lubrication. It should be silicone-based. Also, grease tends to harden during the winter too. So you will need to remove the old grease and reapply new lubricant. And, again, if you are unsure about how to do this or the right kind of lubricant to buy, contact our garage door company and we can assist.

Two other parts to look at are the garage door tracks: the horizontal track and the vertical track. Do a visual inspection of both and see if they are warped, worn or misaligned. If this is the case, this will warrant a call to our garage door company because these are parts only professionals like us should repair or replace.

If none of these ideas work, or if you notice faulty parts that need to be fixed or replaced, call our garage door company today!

For more information about our garage door company in Forest Lake, call Premium Garage Door Service at 651-344-0489 or Request Service.