If the garage door doesn’t open the first time you push the button, STOP! Do not keep pushing buttons as you will damage the door and/or the motor.
Do you want to prevent future door door from freezing to floor? Then heed these simple maintenance tips:
Prevent garage door from freezing to floor
Make sure the door hasn’t been locked; check the interior slide lock & the lock button on your wall console, then perform a visual inspection of the entire system looking for any obvious signs of obstructions or broken parts.
- During bad weather the garage door should be opened throughout the day even if you’re not leaving. Pull the manual release cord to operate the door by hand. This prevents your door from sticking to the ice & frees up any sections that may be stuck together from frost.
- Lubricate Garage Door Seal to Keep From Sticking – Apply lubricant such as silicone spray on your garage door’s tracks, rollers and hinges. The lubricant, like salt, has waterproof properties that drop the freezing point of water.
- Applying silicone spray to the rubber bottom seal can help prevent it from sticking to the ice. In a pinch, Pam cooking spray or vegetable oil will do the same thing.
- Always keep the area in front of your garage doors clear of ice & snow. When snow accumulate, make sure that the areas surrounding your garage door remain clear of it. Be sure to check in the morning, as snow and ice can easily accumulate around your garage door overnight.
- Boiling water can be used but make sure you have another person there to help get the door open before the water has time to freeze again. Salt water or rock salt work best if the temperature is above 10 degrees. Keep in mind it can corrode the bottom section and the seal if not completely cleaned off. You can sprinkle a substantial amount of sea salt along the garage floor where the weather seal meets the concrete, as salt makes it harder for water to freeze. Keep in mind, however, that does does have the potential to cause corrosive damage to concrete. This is why most will recommend table salt (sodium chloride)—it is known to cause the least amount of corrosive damage.
- It isn’t a good idea to warm your car up inside the garage anyhow, as you’re inviting toxic concentrations of carbon monoxide into your garage when you do this (even when your garage door is open). But in addition, did you know that warming up your car inside your garage could cause ice to melt and eventually accumulate at the bottom of your garage door? Pull your garage into your driveway and warm it up there if you’re going to warm it up before your morning commute.
Over time doors get out of adjustment, rolling doors can damage vehicles and injure people, and they may break down without the proper maintenance. Getting your door on a proper maintenance schedule is a crucial step in preventing repairs. It can also save you money, prolong the life of your door and ensure safety. If it’s been more than two years since a professional has looked at it, now would be a good time to schedule an appointment. If the door is hard for you to lift, it’s also hard on the motor. It may be that the up force needs adjustment which you can do yourself by following instructions in the owner’s manual. It can also be caused by a broken spring or worn out drive gear; both problems that should be handled by an expert.
Please feel free to give us a call 718-766-0284 we’d be happy to get the door running safely & efficiently.