My Garage Door is Frozen Shut. Now What?

It’s February folks, and you know what that means? That’s right, we’re in the midst of winter and your garage door is still taking a beating (oh, and Valentine’s Day is around the corner too).

Last month, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City went over some ways to help you maintain your garage door during the winter. However, for those especially frosty February days, it helps to know a few additional tricks to keep it from freezing shut.

 

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Shovel

It’s not the most glamorous answer, but it’s usually the thing that works best. Taking special care to clear away any icy build-up around the base of your garage door is arguably the best thing you can do for it during the winter. At the very least, try to brush away the frost from time to time to keep it clear and prevent it from cracking.

Feel the Heat

Unfortunately, most folks don’t have in-floor heat or an infrared heater installed. Instead, we have to look for more cost-effective ways to keep the chill from creeping in. Keeping a pair of small, sturdy space heaters handy will not only make the morning trudge to your car a bit easier, they’ll also help to keep the weather seal (that’s the fancy name for that thin piece of rubber on the bottom of your garage door) from cracking and the battery in your opener from draining – just make sure to be mindful of the cords and unplug them when you’re not using them.

Look in the Pantry

Heavy-duty ice melt is essential during the winter. However, we know there will be instances where you forgot to stock up and every place in town will be sold out. In those instances, look to your kitchen table for the solution. Both table and Kosher salt are serviceable replacements for the heavy-duty stuff. Just sprinkle a little seasoning near the weather seal, let it marinate and watch as your garage door returns to its former glory.

Just Add Water

If your garage door does freeze, the solution may seem a little counterintuitive – adding water. Pouring a small amount of warm (not boiling!) water on the weather seal could be the answer to unsticking it and preventing you from having to take more drastic steps.

 

If you’d like any additional tips or think you might need to replace the weather seal on your garage door, call the trained professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City today!

(620) 227-8093

Winter Garage Door Maintenance Tips

A man cleans snow in winter weather with a shovel near the garage

Lubricate Everything

If it moves, it needs lubricant during this time of year. All of your garage door’s moving parts, including the rollers, tracks, springs, and hinges, should be well lubricated during the winter in order to combat the corrosive effects of the slushy weather. The good news? It’s not that difficult, just get a can of WD-40, or some other type of comparable lubricant, and apply a thin, even coat to the aforementioned parts.

Devil is in the Details

You paid extra to have those beautiful windows accentuate the top of your garage door, and you took special care when picking out the handle that added just the right amount of oomph. Now, it’s time to treat them with the respect they deserve. Making sure those windows are sealed will keep precious heat from slipping away and giving those handles a quick scrape will ensure that they’ll be garnering compliments for years to come.

Check the Balance

It’s imperative to have good balance this time of year to keep from slipping and falling. Balance is also a key factor when it comes to the health of your garage door. To make sure your setup is balanced you should watch it a few times. Is one side rising faster than the other? Do you see a hitch when the garage door is moving? Answering yes to either of these questions means that it’s time to get a professional from Overhead Door Company of Dodge City to take a closer look.

Know How to Shut it Down

You know how your phone shuts down after it’s been in the cold for too long? Unfortunately, this same thing can happen to your garage door opener when the mercury takes a dip. In these instances, it’s important to know where your garage door’s power source is so that you can shut it down and open the door manually. Having the cord clearly marked, we here at Overhead Door Company of Dodge City recommend using brightly colored gaffer tape, will make it that much easier.

 

Again, we know it sounds like a lot of extra work, but it really is worth it to save yourself the headache of having to do any major repairs during the dead of winter. If any serious issues do arise, or you have any other questions about your garage door and how to maintain it, you can reach the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City at the number below.

 

620-227-8093

Think Safety This Holiday Season

close up hanging Christmas lights

As those of us at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City begin to hang the tinsel on the tree and place the ever mischievous Elf on his perch, we want to take a moment and share with our community of friends some helpful reminders of both dos and don’ts for the holiday season.

Don’t be a Clark

As most of us can attest, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a classic.  Not only does it provide a bountiful of laughs, it clearly demonstrates what not to do when it comes to plugging in too many electrical devices and/or overloading outlets.   As Clark Griswold demonstrated, too many cords, extensions or otherwise, can overheat and lead to an unexpected – or worse – undetected fire. 

To prevent the possibility of having your tree, gifts and/or cat scorched (as the Griswold’s so memorably experienced), keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Major appliances such as inflatable decorations should only be plugged directly into an appropriate receptacle outlet. 
  • It is not wise and can be dangerous to use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for large energy conductors.
  • Relying heavily on extension cords is a clear indication that you need additional outlets.  Having a qualified professional address your needs is a lot less stressful and less expensive than realizing your need after a major catastrophe.
  • Make sure that all chosen decorations for outside display are designated for outside use.  Although you may be tempted to use indoor and outdoor lights interchangeably, they are not designed to work in certain conditions.  For example, outside lights are able to withstand winter conditions whereas indoor lights are safety tested to ensure that they are not a fire hazard for your Christmas tree.

Check, Check and Triple Check

As we are in the business of keeping you and yours safe, we would be remiss to not strongly recommend that you to keep a close eye on your electrical cords.  By this, be sure to first check the electrical cords insulation to ensure the wrapping is intact.  If it becomes separated from the wires, you can run the risk of possibly causing a power shortage, starting a fire or creating a shock hazard than can cause serious injuries or worse.

Safety Before Sugar Plums

Your best bet to a merry night’s sleep is to power down all indoor and outdoor decorations before bed and when leaving your home.  Although it is nice to come home to a festive holiday scene when returning home from an evening out, this simple measure can make a significant impact.  Not only does this precaution prevent the possibility of an unnoticed electrical incident, this can also save you a handful of cash when it comes to your power bill.

Above all this season, we at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyful and prosperous New Year!

(620) 227-8093

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