As we transition into the winter, it’s important to take into account the different type of weather passing through. While it’s unlikely that we’ll get heavy snow in southeast Texas, it’s still possible that we may get some snow. It’s likelier that we’ll encounter freezing temperatures and ice, which is also dangerous.
Garage doors can be just as affected by low temperatures as people! When there’s ice on the ground, the metal parts in the garage door will end up contracting (twisting in on themselves) which in turn will affect the motor. The motor will either become sluggish, or unable to work at all — and then you’re stuck with your car in the garage! It’s important not to panic — there are steps you can take!
If the garage door opener doesn’t work, don’t press the button again. This can mess up the motor. Instead, do a visual inspection, and look to see if something is broken. If something’s broken, call Garage Door Doctors! If it doesn’t seem to be broken, try raising the garage door manually. However, if the ice is actually on the garage door, this may not work either. Some people recommend using a blow-dryer to melt the ice, which can get time-consuming. Overall, it’d be better to refer back to the previous step and call Garage Door Doctors.
What can you do to combat a frozen garage door? You can consider insulating your garage, or having a separate heating system, both of which will reduce icing. These options may get expensive quickly, though, and our climate here means we don’t see severe ice all that often. When we do see ice, sometimes it melts all on its own — but when it doesn’t, again, call Garage Door Doctors.
Weather plays an important part in the life of a garage door, and while we may not experience extreme winter conditions, the cold weather we do get can still affect our doors.