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Effects of Winter on Garage Door Springs

February 13th, 2023 | 3 min read

By Chris Henningsen

How winter weather can effect your garage door operation

Winter is fast approaching and although our winters here in Austin, TX aren’t as extreme as they are in the North East we still receive hundreds of calls for broken door repairs otherwise known as torsion springs or extension springs.  With Winter comes a dip in temperature which can cause the spring steel to expand and contract and may cause your spring to break.

We often talk to people who think that the garage door opener is responsible for opening and closing the door and while that is partially correct most of the lifting is done with the help of the springs while the opener just guides the door up and down.  When a spring breaks the opener typically struggles to open the door often only lifting the door a few inches off the ground before stopping.

How Winter Affects Garage Door Springs

Winter can have a significant impact on garage door springs due to temperature changes, moisture, humidity, ice, and snow. These factors can cause the springs to weaken and lose their tension, leading to sagging or uneven doors, loud noises, and difficulty opening or closing the door. To prevent winter damage, it’s important to lubricate the springs, inspect them regularly, and avoid DIY repairs. Proper maintenance can extend the life of the springs and ensure the safety and functionality of your garage door throughout the winter season.

Signs of damaged springs

There are several signs that indicate your garage door springs may be damaged. Some of the most common signs include:

  1. Sagging or uneven door: If the door is no longer level or appears to be sagging, it may be a sign that one or both of the springs are damaged.
  2. Loud noises: If you hear loud creaking, popping, or snapping sounds when you open or close the door, it may indicate that the springs are under stress and need to be replaced.
  3. Difficulty opening or closing the door: If the door is harder to open or close than it used to be, it may be a sign that the springs are worn out or damaged.
  4. Door falls quickly when released: If the door falls quickly when you release it, this may indicate that the springs are no longer able to hold the door in place and need to be replaced.

If you suspect that your garage door springs are damaged, it’s important to have them inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Attempting to repair or replace the springs on your own can be dangerous and may result in further damage to the door or injury. A professional technician will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action to ensure the safety and functionality of your garage door.

Maintenance Tips to Prevent Winter Damage

To prevent winter damage to your garage door springs, it’s important to follow these maintenance tips:

  1. Lubrication: Regularly lubricate the springs with a silicone-based spray to keep them functioning smoothly and prevent rust and corrosion.
  2. Inspection: Inspect the springs regularly for signs of damage or wear, such as cracks, rust, or corrosion. If you notice any signs of damage, have the springs replaced by a professional.
  3. Avoid DIY repairs: Attempting to repair or replace the springs on your own can be dangerous and may result in further damage to the door or injury. Leave this work to a professional technician who has the proper tools and experience to ensure that the springs are installed correctly.
  4. Proper storage: If you’re storing items in your garage, make sure that they’re not placed too close to the door or springs, as this can put additional stress on the springs and cause them to wear out more quickly.

By following these maintenance tips, you can help to extend the life of your garage door springs and ensure the safety and functionality of your garage door throughout the winter season.

Bottomline

As a homeowner, it’s important to ensure your garage door is functioning safely and efficiently, especially during the winter. That’s where Gator Garage Door Repair comes in.

At Gator Garage Door Repair, we understand the importance of proper garage door maintenance, and we’re here to help you keep your door in top condition throughout the winter season. Our comprehensive winter maintenance package includes a thorough inspection of your door and springs, lubricating all moving parts, tightening any loose hardware, and a check of the balance and alignment of the door.

Our team of skilled technicians has years of experience and is equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to keep your door functioning smoothly and safely.

Don’t let winter weather take a toll on your garage door. Contact Gator Garage Door Repair today to schedule your winter maintenance appointment and keep your door functioning at its best.