It might be a beautiful season, but winter often arrives with snowfall and the freezing weather causes many difficulties. Your garage door will be dysfunctional and noisy if you don’t take care of it in advance. Low temperatures affect metal and since most parts are made of steel, you won’t be happy with the way the door works. Let’s see how the door moves. Simply put, the minute you press the clicker, power is transferred from the motor through the chain to the trolley and the door’s arm. If you have extension springs, they start contracting. If you have a torsion spring, it starts moving very fast and extends across the shaft. The power of the spring is transferred to the cable, which is wrapped around the cable and so the rollers start moving in the tracks bringing the door to its opening position.
Which parts to take extra good care of!
As you can see, there are many garage door parts involved so that the door can move. There are actually many more small components, which also help the door go up and down. With cold weather causing steel to contract, you might discover that the door does not move right. It’s wise to have all parts checked before it gets really cold. As a matter of fact, if there are any rusty components, they should be replaced. The existence of rust indicates that the material is already worn and exposed to oxygen. It will just get worse during the winter time, make the door noisy, might ruin other moving parts or even cause the door to jam. For the avoidance of such problems, take a closer look and especially at the garage door tracks.
In order to protect your door and avoid problems, you should maintain it. One of the best ways to protect metal parts is to lubricate them. But be extra careful! Depending on how cold it gets and which lubricants you use, oils might get hardened. This won’t be nice at all! Before you lubricate the components, you should clean them up and remove every shred of old lubricants. They usually mix up with debris and dust and won’t let the door move smoothly. Don’t forget to spray some lubricants on the garage door springs. Spray some drops and use your hand to make sure oils are equally distributed across the entire spring. Check the rollers, pulleys, fasteners and any other part! If you and your overhead garage door are both ready for the winter, you’ll just enjoy the white season and won’t deal with problems.