Your garage provides a comfortable shelter for your vehicle from the outdoors. During the winter, this shelter becomes more critical than ever. Prepping your garage door for the winter season takes less than an hour to do, but the benefits are far-reaching and you’ll be a lot more comfortable. Here are some tips to help your properly winterize your garage door.
You don’t want to be left out in the cold because of a dead battery. First, check the battery in your remote controls. The batteries in remotes are only designed to last for about a year. Keep a spare in your vehicle just in case. Next, check the battery in the external keypad, if you have one, and replace it if you feel it doesn’t have enough power to last through the winter.
Check the Springs
Next, disable the opener by pulling the emergency cord and open the garage door by hand. If this task was easy to accomplish, your springs are in good shape. But if it was hard to open the door, your springs will need to be looked at by a professional technician.
The stripping on the outside frame is a critical component of a garage door that functions properly. Take a close look at the weather stripping and check for any damage or hardening. Replace any stripping that needs to be replaced. Remember to use a silicone-based lubricant if the stripping is made out of PVC material.
Lubrication ensures that all of the metal parts of your garage door are operating smoothly, which is particularly important during the winter months. The main components you’ll want to work on are the springs, the track, and the rollers. Take a dry cloth and wipe off any excess lubricant and dust, then use an oil-based lubricant such as 10W-30 motor oil (check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations) and apply sparingly. Take care not to use a product such as WD-40, which is not actually a lubricant, but a degreaser. And don’t use grease, especially on the tracking of the door.
Check The Automatic Reversal System
Make sure that your door will automatically reverse if someone or something is underneath it when it closes. If you have a mechanical reversal system, place a two-by-four under the door, hit the close button, and watch. When the door hits the wood, it should detect resistance and lift back up. If you have a photoelectric system, close the door and then place an object in front of the beam. If the door doesn’t stop, contact a professional for service.
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