It's Not Fun Getting Stuck In The Cold: How To Make Sure Your Garage Door Doesn't Let You Down This Winter

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Winter has finally arrived. That means the cold, wet weather that can damage garage doors has arrived, too. Unfortunately, if your garage door is damaged, there is a high risk it won't operate properly, which means you might get left out in the cold. However, if you give your garage door the maintenance it needs, you can avoid those cold weather problems. Here are four maintenance tips that will keep your garage door problem-free this winter.

Give the Door a Thorough Cleaning

Now that winter is here, you need to give your garage door a thorough cleaning. Clearing away the grease and debris that could have built up on the tracks will go a long way towards protecting your garage door this winter. Once you've cleaned the garage door, you can keep it running smoothly by sweeping the leaves and dirt off the tracks at least once a month. If you see dirt and debris collecting on the tracks before the month is up, go ahead and take care of an early cleaning.

Inspect the Weatherstripping

You might not have noticed it before, but your garage door has weatherstripping attached to it along the bottom edge. That weatherstripping serves a couple of purposes. Most importantly, the weatherstripping keeps water and bugs out of your garage. It also serves to insulate your garage from cold weather. Now that winter is here, it's a good idea to inspect the weatherstripping. While you're inspecting the weatherstripping for things like cracks, take a wet cloth and give it a good cleaning. Dirt and grime can build up in the creases, which can cause the weatherstripping to wear out prematurely.

Make Sure the Motor and Chain Drive Don't Get Stuck

If you don't pay much attention to the garage door opener, you should. This is particularly important when it comes to the motor and the chain drive. During the winter, the cold weather -- and the moisture -- can cause serious problems for the system. To make sure your motor and chain drive don't get stuck this winter, give them both some extra attention. Add some oil to the motor and then lubricate the chain drive. Taking care of those maintenance steps will prevent your garage door from getting stuck mid-stream.

Get the Remote Ready for Action

The final step in getting your garage door ready for winter involves the remote control. You might not think about it, but if it stops working, your garage door isn't going to open very easily. If you're in the driveway trying to open the door when it goes out, you're going to have a problem on your hands. Before you get stuck in the driveway with a remote control that refuses to work, go ahead and change the batteries. That one small step will help ensure that your remote control is always up to the task at hand.

For more information and help with maintenance and repairs, contact a professional garage door company, such as Plano Overhead Garage Door.

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