Colder weather brings lots of surprises; snow, shorter days and the frequent need for coffee and doughnuts! Unfortunately not all chilly weather is fun; often, it brings problems. One of these issues can be especially annoying; garage door problems! Let’s say you are about to take your kids to school, just like you always do. You back out of the garage and start to close the garage door. It suddenly goes back up; all on its own! You try the task again with the same result. What gives?

On the other hand, you might want to start your car from inside the house. Why not? Staying warm and finishing your Danish is always a good idea while you get the car ready. One problem; the garage door didn’t open, and you can’t very well run the car with a closed garage door! You try the remote button again; no luck! Our Carrollton, GA weather can dip pretty low at times so it’s possible that something similar has happened to you. Read on and see what our Carrollton Garage Pros experts recommend during times like this.

Step one – relax!

Don’t you hate it when people say to “calm down?” Hey, they mean well (and so do we!). In situations involving cold garage doors, it’s really best not to panic and call for professional help right away. Why not check a few things first and possibly save yourself a service charge, and lots of time? Many people say that they don’t have time to make a few adjustments or do some checks but in reality, it takes less time to follow our advice than it does to wait for a technician to come to your aid and then pay him or her!

Start small…

Start your checking/adjusting with inspecting your remote battery. Don’t laugh; often, this little battery is the cause of major issues and expenses, all because the customer was expecting a larger, more costly problem and overlooked this step. Cold weather can have an adverse effect on your battery and if the remote is in a cold garage, it may not work right until it warms up. Often, just taking the battery out of the remote and warming it in your hands is enough to “revive” it again.

If this doesn’t work, be sure that your battery is not drained. Many people have a home tester. If you do, check your battery to make sure that it still has power. You can buy battery testers for less than $20 in local retail stores or online. You can also take your batteries to local home improvement or sporting goods stores where they will test it/them for free.

Another reason that cold weather can affect your remote is that it sometimes causes the battery terminal to expand ever so slightly and this loosens the connection which can transmit battery power. Ever so gently, try squeezing your battery terminals so that they hold your remote battery more snugly.

Your safety sensors

Cold weather can also affect your photoelectric safety eyes. As you know, these sensors are held in place by metal brackets and much like your remote terminals, they can expand during chilly weather conditions. Sometimes this small movement can cause your sensors to not align correctly and if that occurs, your garage door will have issues opening and closing properly.

Sensor problems can prevent your garage door from opening; from closing and from staying shut or open. What’s the remedy? Just like the battery terminal, just adjust them by hand. Don’t worry; they are made for this adjustment and doing so is easy, simple and takes little time. You can either check with your owner’s manual or go online and view any number of videos that show you how to do this. Once you know, you’ll be able to do it all the easier in the future.

Check your tracks

Another simple test you can do is to check the linings of your garage door tracks. Your rollers need smooth movement within your tracks in order to lift and lower your garage door without problems. Sometimes, if there is build-up of debris inside your tracks, the cold weather can make it harden to the point that it actually interferes with your garage door’s performance. Remember, that build up is mostly composed of grease, oil, grime and dirt.

Often, gum, spider webs and twigs get inside and when these are added to the mix, they form a kind of “gunk” that can stop your rollers literally in their tracks. If you do find debris inside your tracks, try cleaning them with a dry toothbrush. No need for sprays, soaps or expensive detergent; just brush out the blockage and you are good to go; literally!

Springs get cold too!

The cold weather can also affect your garage door springs. This is true for both extension springs and their torsion counterparts. On and off cold weather is rough on springs and can make them break down faster. Also, if your springs are already aged or worn, the frigid temperatures can make them break down all the faster. We do offer a simple test to see if your springs are working or not. Simply disconnect your garage door from the automatic opener system by pulling the emergency cord and releasing it. The cord is the one with the red knob at the end. This is located by the garage door light.

Once done, you simply notice how your garage door opens when manually lifted. Does the door slide smoothly up? Or, is it hard to lift? If you encounter difficulty, you most likely have one or both springs in damaged condition. Please resist the temptation to fix or replace your springs yourself. If cold weather has hastened the end of your garage door springs, you will need to call in a professional to repair or replace them. Shop around and get some free price quotes but always work with a licensed, bonded, insured, and experienced garage door technician!