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Winter Garage Door Issues (and How to Prevent Them)

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A surprising number of people experience garage door issues in cold weather. Some say that their garage door won’t close when it’s cold, while others tell us that their garage door won’t open in the cold. No matter which way your issue goes, you may be able to stop it or to prevent it from happening again.

If you’re experiencing garage door issues this winter, or if you want to prevent them, here’s what you need to know.

Sensor Damage

Cold weather can cause damage to or malfunction in the sensors that allow your garage door to open and close. If your garage door doesn’t close in cold weather, check these for signs of damage. If you can’t find any, move on to the rest of this list.


Ice between the individual panels of your garage door can cause it to lock up. When this happens, it can’t move because it is frozen in place. You can wait for the ice to melt or help it do so by gently aiming a hair dryer at it. It only takes a tiny amount of ice to cause garage door issues.

Dead Batteries in Your Remote

Cold weather takes its toll on batteries. If your garage door won’t open in the cold or it’s stuck open and won’t close, try changing the batteries in your remote. This simple fix could save you a lot of time and hassle because you won’t have to bring in a garage door expert to repair your door.

Contracted Metal

If, suddenly, your garage door doesn’t close in cold weather or you can’t get it open, check the metal pieces of the door. Even wooden doors usually have metal brackets and tracks for the door to run on. Freezes - especially sudden ones - can cause the metal to shrink, which in turn makes it bend. If the problem is bad enough, you may have to replace metal pieces if your garage door won’t open in the cold (or won’t close).

Lack of Lubrication

Metal garage door tracks need lubrication, as does the pulley system that opens and closes the door. Different doors will need different kinds of lubricant, so make sure you get one that is designed for your system. Then apply it liberally and regularly, so your garage door can easily open and close all year long.

Get Garage Door Repair Today!

If your garage door won’t close when it’s cold or your garage door won’t open in the cold, call us at Accurate Door right away. We’ll send out a garage door professional with experience in the type of garage door that you have.

Our pro will help you get to the bottom of your garage door issues fast. We’ll find the source of the problem, then fix it so you won’t have to worry about your garage door again. Stop assuming that your garage door doesn’t close in cold weather (or doesn’t open) and get it working well again soon.

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