Can Garage Doors Freeze?

Garage doors, or more specifically some of their moving parts, can freeze, especially in chilly Utah winters.

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Fortunately, it’s rare for a garage door to suddenly freeze. You’ll get warning signs, like doors that open increasingly more slowly. If your area has been hit by an icy cold December, it might be those plunging temperatures that are to blame for your slow doors and not a sluggish battery, track off course or dying remote.

Metal parts of garage doors, including the motor, are especially vulnerable to cold weather. The colder it is, the harder your garage door motor has to work.

Any time your garage door won’t open when you push a button, stop trying. You risk damaging the motor or door. Next, ensure the door isn’t locked by checking the lock button on your wall control and the interior slide lock. Before assuming frozen temps are the culprit, look for any clear blockages or broken components.

Garage Door Fixes

Depending on the severity of the freeze, as well as how long it’s been since you’ve opened the door, you may be able to unstick garage doors yourself. Try unplugging the operating system from the door via the manual release cord. It might help free up a frozen weather seal — a common trouble spot.

If that doesn’t work, look for any obvious frozen areas, and try thawing them a blow dryer or heat gun on a low setting for a fast fix.

In extreme cases, you or a professional may need to chip ice off garage door seals, but be careful. It’s easy to tear the seal. Pouring boiling water where the door meets the floor can also work, but you have to open and close the doors quickly, before this water freezes.

Subzero temperatures may call for rock salt, but this is another risky move, as it can corrode the seal.

A Better Approach and Prevention

Some homeowners swear by space heaters, although freeing your frozen door this way takes a while. Instead, call your local, professional garage door installation company. They have the skills and tools to thaw your doors and help teach you preventive measures, starting with clearing the garage doors daily of snow and ice before it can build up.

A silicone spray on the seal is also a great preventive action, and cooking spray can work, too. When weather is cold, regularly open and close the garage door. Home automation makes this much easier, as you can remotely open and close garage doors.

Proper lubrication in the winter is a must, and some homeowners swear that using cat litter (or a similar product) along the seal in the winter stops it from freezing.

If your garage doors are frozen, or if you’re worried about the impending winter, call the Garage Door Man for a maintenance check and tips.

Garage Door Installation Time Frame

How long does garage door installation take?

If you have a professional handle this task, just a few hours (depending on the type of doors and technology involved).

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Some homeowners try to save a little cash by going the DIY route, but this can be both dangerous and time-consuming.

Professionals also often offer a guarantee with installation, and you deserve the peace of mind of knowing your garage doors are properly installed, safe and secure.

Professional garage door installation companies will be faster and better at this job than most homeowners. With the best tools, a lot of experience, and oftentimes their reputation and job on the line, they are simply better prepared than homeowners.

In many cases, teams can also arrange to have old doors removed and hauled away for a nominal fee.

Planning Your Garage Door Installation

Although some homeowners might say garage door installation is easy, and for some it can be, usually the tough part is getting old, heavy and sometimes dangerous doors removed. New doors come with instructions, but older ones require guesswork, along with some trial and error for novices. You could damage tracks, springs and more, so what seems like a quick weekend project can turn sour quickly.

A reputable company will work around your schedule. You don’t need to be home for the full installation, but a lot of homeowners prefer it so they can learn how their doors work.

More garage doors have home automation features these days, so getting an expert to show you how to instantly sync and manage your doors from anywhere on a mobile device gets your home up and running quickly.

Learning the Ropes

Knowing the basic mechanics of your new doors is important so you can watch for any signs of trouble between maintenance inspections. Your installation crew can show you where the springs are and how to spot wear or rust, how the garage door openers should operate and sound, and how to test sensors for functionality.

Young homeowners can especially benefit from a professional installation, especially since they can learn a few DIY tasks along the way. Everyone should be able to recognize the signs of a garage door that needs some TLC. Homeowners should also know how to manage their (increasingly smart) doors so they can be certain the doors will keep their home and family protected. Homeowners often use garage doors more than any other door to access their home.

The Garage Door Man handles the tough work, so when you need garage door installation, depend on us.

Garage Door Opener Safety 101

Garage door openers have three parts: the system that physically lifts your doors, the wall switch that opens your doors from inside the garage, and (often) the small remote that you keep with you.

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Increasingly, home automation means the remote is digital and on your phone.

Keeping all garage door openers maintained and protected is key to the safety of your home. If you park in your driveway and your small remote is clipped to your visor, which is convenient, it’s easy for a burglar to get into your car, open your garage and get inside.

Your physical garage door lifter can suffer from some common problems. First, check to see if the close limit switch needs any adjustments. When your garage door doesn’t open with the remote or wall switch, a power source disruption might be at fault. Check fuses and circuit breakers, and just like with any electronic device, make sure the motor is plugged in (surprisingly, this is a common fix garage door installation companies take care of regularly).

Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Sometimes the limit switch is too close to the motor unit, which can keep the motor running even while the door is open. Simply moving the two farther apart can correct this issue.

If the remote doesn’t work, make sure any motor unit antennas are adjusted and put in fresh batteries. Reprogramming remotes is also a relatively common fix.

Getting your garage doors and openers checked and maintained at least once per year can help increase their longevity and your home’s safety. Wasted energy, lost heat, noise and less protection from winter weather are all side effects of poorly working garage doors. When doors don’t properly close, you’re also welcoming in animals, and possibly thieves, too.

Storing Your Remote Safely

Burglars are well aware that many homeowners keep their remotes in their cars. If possible, try keeping your remote with you. However, if it’s just too much of a nuisance, commit to parking your car in your garage. Whenever you park outside the garage, keep the remote in a nonvisible area like the glove box.

A lot of homeowners use their garage for extra storage and park in their driveways or on the street. When your remote is left in the car, you’re virtually leaving the key to your home readily available.

Having a digital remote on your phone is an added piece of security, and it’s becoming more common. If you have this home automation feature, ensure your phone is password-protected and your home address isn’t easily displayed on your phone.
Some digital remotes save your address, but you can override this safety risk by taking the time to delete it. If your phone is stolen, you don’t want anyone to know your address and/or have access to your digital remote.

For more safety tips and garage door opener advice, contact the Garage Door Man.

Garage Door Spring Options

What type of garage door spring do you have? Until it’s time to replace them, many homeowners don’t know!

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Torsion and extension are the two primary types of garage door springs, and many options exist within those categories. Your springs are some of the most critical parts of your doors, and choosing the right, quality ones can dramatically decrease personal injury and property damage risks. Installation should always be handled by a licensed, bonded expert.

Extension springs are often found over the horizontal tracks on either side of the doors, and are the most common type of residential garage door springs. They open the door by extending, offering a counterbalance. You get more extension/expansion with more force.

Combined with safety cables that stop the springs from projectile-expanding, this is one of the simplest and most effective options.

Garage Door Springs for Every Need

Torsion springs lift doors with torque instead of extending or stretching. They’re connected right above the door’s opening, and they twist with applied force (either motor or hand).

A variety of torsion springs are available with a number of sizes and lengths. Once track calculations are considered, each door gets a specific torsion spring selected based on radius, weight, height and other specifications.

Should you get extension or torsion garage door springs?

It depends, although extension springs are more common because they’re much more affordable. However, extension springs also have many more exposed parts than torsion options, which is a deal-breaker for some homeowners.

Torsion springs can handle more weight and generally have a longer life span — up to double the life span of other varieties.

Working with Experts

Get in touch with local experts to help you choose between extension and torsion springs. Springs can be an investment, or an affordable way to optimize the security and functionality of your garage doors.

With so many springs to choose from, it can be overwhelming. You want to make sure you get ones that deliver what you need for safety, aesthetics and staying power.

An easy sign that your garage doors are in great shape is that they open and close smoothly. Many issues can cause garage doors to get out of balance, but the springs are a likely culprit. Out-of-balance springs, brackets that need adjusting or springs that are about to give out can be dangerous and require immediate attention.

Since springs operate under a lot of tension, this should never be a DIY project. Contact the Garage Door Man for all your garage door spring maintenance and replacement needs.

Garage Door Repair and Animals

You expect the occasional garage door repair due to worn-out springs or track issues, but what about pests?

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Wild animals seek out warm spaces in the cooler months, and your garage (especially if you regularly open the doors or keep them open!) is the perfect haven.

Birds nesting in your garage or raccoons chewing their way in can be a nuisance. Animals might also sniff out the birdseed, dog food or extra treats you store in the garage and try desperately to gain entry.

Stuffing steel wool into gaps can prevent many animals from entering your garage, but smarter animals will figure out they can just remove it. Some homeowners swear by commercial or DIY deterrents, from hot sauce to chemicals a human nose can’t sniff out.

Urine products used in hunting can keep some animals away, but the best approach is to work with your garage door repair expert to identify 1) what animal is causing the problem, 2) what they’re trying to accomplish, and 3) the best way to stop their behavior with maintenance or upgrades. You may need to bring in a professional pest removal expert.

Basics to Prevent Garage Door Repair

Eventually, all garage doors will need some upkeep and repairs, but you want your doors to last as long as possible. Oftentimes, animals are after a food source, so removing that is the best way to make them forget about your garage.

If they’re after shelter, it’s much tougher to sway them. If your garage doors are old, this may be the push you need to upgrade to safer, more high-tech doors that animals can’t penetrate.

Routine maintenance, where a garage door repair pro checks all the parts, is the best way to spot pest problems before they get out of control. You might not notice chew marks or telltale signs of nests, but a garage door repair technician will. Before a full-blown infestation occurs, you can often dissuade the solo animal from taking up permanent residence.

Full Removal

In the case of larger pests like skunks, opossums and raccoons, it’s often best to call animal control. They can humanely capture the animals and release them in the wild where they’re not liable to bother humans again.

Smaller pests like chipmunks and squirrels can be handled the same way. Or you can simply make your garage too difficult to enter, and they’ll go look for an easier target.

Insects can be warded off by spraying organic pesticides around the base and frame of your doors.

Find out more about the many ways to tackle pest problems, starting with the quality of your garage doors. Let the Garage Door Man help fix your pest problem with better garage doors, repairs or maintenance.