Running through a safety checklist on your garage door before winter hits will allow you to rest easy over the cold months. Knowing that your garage door is in good repair and you won’t be stuck out in the snow trying to fix a situation that could’ve been done while it was still warm outside is good for peace of mind. Once winter hits, any problems with your garage door will only be compounded by the cold and snow. Save yourself from winter garage door problems by going over this safety checklist in September.
An unbalanced door can cause malfunction and/or serious injury, so checking to make sure it’s in proper balance is important. With the garage door closed, disconnect it from the opener using the release cord. Open the door manually to a level of about waist height and hold it steady. Let go of the door and observe what happens. Ideally it should stay at the height in which you released it. If it falls to the ground or continues to fully open you’ll need the springs adjusted. This is a job for a professional so don’t plan on doing this yourself.
Give your garage door a once over by checking the various components closely. Check the door hinges for rust, cracks or looseness. The cables shouldn’t appear worn or have any fraying or rusty parts. Check the condition of the tracks and ensure they haven’t been bent, worn or rusted. The rollers should run smoothly through the track and show no signs of corrosion or wearing either. Also check the seal around the door when it’s closed. It shouldn’t let in any light on any of the sides. If you see wear and tear, call a professional for maintenance.
Inspect the rubber seal that runs along the bottom of the the garage door. This seal is designed to keep the heat in while preventing cold air, rodents, dust, dirt and precipitation from getting inside. Rodents have been known to chew on these seals, so take a close look to make sure it’s still intact. This is something that is possible to repair or replace yourself. There are several kits available to allow you to fix the problem.