The vast majority of homes today have an attached garage as a fixture. Garage door that is mostly large enough to accommodate automobiles and other vehicles, is a large door on a garage that either opens manually or by using an electric motor (also called a garage door opener. Garage door service professionals deal with several issues that cause the malfunctioning of residential and commercial garage doors. Yet, every year, one or the other new issue shows up.

It’s a cold morning, you’re about to go to some work, but your garage door won’t open. Temperatures drop, and your garage door doesn’t work. Sound familiar? Yes, this happens quite frequently. And almost everyone faces these problems. Garage doors can develop problems at any time irrespective of the season of the year. It is however worth noting that there are those problems that occur mostly during the cold season. Most can be fixed by ourselves, though some significant problems may require a professional help. The following will explain the important reasons contributing for the malfunctioning of garage door in winters. At Minneapolis Garage Door Experts, we take care of all the garage door services including garage door repair, replacement, inspection and maintenance.

1) Contraction of the metals

Metal begins to contract in cold weather which interferes with the normal functioning of the garage doors. This contraction may lead to misalignment in the brackets in extreme cases. The springs and some other metal pieces may also seize up.

2) Wearing or misalignment ,warping of tracks

Newer versions of garage doors are basically built from several panels hinged together. These panels roll along a system of tracks guided by rollers. In winters, the rollers can sometimes get worn down or may get misaligned in the tracks. Also, the tracks can even become warped.

 3) Broken Springs

A torsion spring system or a pair of extension springs balances the whole weight of the door which is about 400 lbs or more. In due course, these springs reach their life cycle and break. This occurs mostly in winter.

4) Hardened grease

Grease is applied to garage door tracks because, that makes the wheels skate in the track instead of turning on their bearings. Grease hardens in colder weather.

5) Damaged sensors

Door sensors provide a remote control which helps in either closing or opening the garage door. These sensors can be damaged by extremely cold weather.

6) Presence of ice in between the panels.

Extremely cold seasons are characterised by snow falling. This may interfere with the normal functioning of the garage door. Some doors are made of interconnected panels. The ice accumulates in the spaces between these panels.

 7) Air seeping into the garage

A garage that gets too cold can cause damage to your car and also the equipment you are storing there. Water may freeze, no matter where it is. So, if you have a power washer that has washer in the pump or lines, it can freeze and crack. The same is true in the case of fuel gels, which can freeze inside combustion engines, and even paint, which will separate and ruin if allowed to freeze.

The key point is listing these causes is to understand the causes and having the necessary preventive measures put in place. As said earlier, you can fix some of the issues while others are more technical and requires to be handled by professionals. Now all you can do is to manually open the door or you may contact us, Minneapolis Garage Door Experts, to help you out of this situation. We provide garage door service that lasts a lifetime. Our technicians come fully equipped to tackle any garage issue.

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