It’s Been a Long Winter in Minneapolis, Time to Take Care of Your Garage Door Repairs
All winter your garage door has been under attack from the bitter cold, snow and ice. To ensure that it continues to perform the way you expect it to, you’ve got to maintain your garage door, and take care of repairs before they blossom into full-blown problems. Some of the most common problems arise from the metal contracting during cold spells, damage to weather stripping, ice dam issues and sensor troubles. Thankfully, these issues can all be overcome with a little information and a some help from a professional.
You might think that metal is a solid that isn’t affected by changes in temperature, but that’s the farthest thing from the truth. In reality, cold temperatures cause metals to contract, loosening screws and fasteners and even causing some parts to break. In fact, broken springs are one of the most common wintertime garage door problems encountered in the winter. Because the springs help to keep the door balanced, a break can make it impossible to open or close it correctly. If you find a broken spring, contact a professional garage door company to repair it.
Take a look at the strip at the bottom of your garage door. It’s there to help seal the garage from the outside, keeping cold and hot air out to regulate the temperature. Over the winter, snow and ice can accumulate under the weather stripping and cause it to become frozen to the surface. When you open the door, the tension causes the stripping to separate, creating spaces where cold air can enter. Over time, even the best maintained garage doors need the weather stripping replaced. It tends to dry out and crack over time. Replacing it is one project that you can take care of on your own in just a few minutes.
Door Panel Damage
Some garage doors have multiple panels, rather than being one large panel. It’s quite common for ice to form in between these segments, causing the door to buckle and warp out of shape. When you notice ice, it’s best to remove it as quickly as possible using a hair dryer to slowly melt the ice. If you missed your opportunity and your door has already suffered from ice damage, there’s only a couple of options. You could replace the door with a newer model that doesn’t have panels, or you can have the damage repaired. Garage door repairs or replacements should always be done by someone who’s trained.
Remote Sensor Issues
Check to make sure your batteries are working, and that the problem is actually with the sensor. If everything checks out with the remote, there isn’t much you can really do. You’ll need to call someone in to investigate the issue to determine if you have a problem with the sensor, the motor, or both. They’ll check everything out, test the connections and make any necessary repairs so that you can rest assured that your door will open when you need it to and not leave you trapped inside, or stranded in the driveway.
Spring is just around the corner, and the last thing that you want to do is to spend time dealing with a difficult garage door. You’re ready to get out and have a little fun, enjoy the sunshine and warm your bones after another cold Minneapolis winter. We totally understand and we’ll be more than happy to help you get your garage door in order so you can get out there and do your thing. Contact us today and we’ll send one of our highly trained, professionals over to get your door working smooth again.