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Preparing Your Garage Door for Summer 

Garage doors need all-year-round maintenance. During the winter months, there can be issues with things freezing and rain getting in but during the summer months, garage doors can encounter several issues due to the heat and increased usage.

Some common problems include:

Preparing Your Garage Door for Summer

Expansion of Materials

Metal components of garage doors, such as springs, tracks, and panels, can expand in hot weather due to thermal expansion. When these components do expand, it can lead to misalignment issues. For example, if the tracks expand unevenly, the rollers may not run smoothly, causing the door to jerk or become stuck. Similarly, if the panels expand too much, they may rub against each other or the frame, hindering the door’s movement.

Increased Friction

As metal components expand in the heat, there can be a corresponding increase in friction between moving parts. This increased friction puts additional strain on the garage door opener motor. Over time, the motor may overheat or wear out prematurely. Lubricating moving parts such as hinges, rollers, and tracks can help reduce friction and prolong the lifespan of the opener.

Debris Accumulation

Summer activities often result in more dirt, dust, and debris being tracked into the garage. This debris can accumulate in the tracks over time, obstructing the smooth operation of the door. When the tracks are dirty or clogged, the rollers may not be able to move freely, causing the door to get stuck or operate noisily. Regularly cleaning the tracks and removing any obstructions can prevent these issues from occurring with the smooth operation of the door and may cause it to get stuck or become noisy.

Sensitivity to Sunlight

Garage door openers typically rely on infrared sensors to detect obstacles in the door’s path and prevent accidents. However, direct sunlight can interfere with these sensors, causing them to malfunction. In some cases, the sunlight may create false positives, causing the door to reverse unnecessarily. Adjusting the angle of the sensors or installing sun shields can help mitigate this problem.

Weather Stripping Damage

The weather stripping around the garage door serves to seal gaps and prevent air and moisture from entering the garage. However, prolonged exposure to sunlight and high temperatures can cause the weather stripping to degrade over time. When the weather stripping becomes cracked or brittle, it loses its effectiveness, allowing hot air to seep into the garage. Inspecting and replacing damaged weather stripping can help maintain the garage’s insulation and energy efficiency.

Spring Tension Issues

Garage door springs are under significant tension to counterbalance the weight of the door. However, extreme heat can affect the tension of the springs, causing them to stretch or weaken. When the springs lose tension, they may not be able to support the weight of the door properly, leading to imbalances and potential safety hazards. Regular inspection and adjustment of the springs are essential to ensure they remain in optimal condition.

Regular maintenance and inspection can help prevent many of these garage door issues. It’s advisable to lubricate moving parts, clean the tracks, test the sensors, and check the alignment of the door periodically, especially before the onset of summer. If problems persist, contacting a professional garage door technician for repairs is recommended. If you would like to get your garage door serviced or inspected before the summer, get in touch. Give us a call on 01793 384322 or visit our contact page.