Garage Door Winter Safety Inspection

With the winter season approaching, Doors in Motion offers a wide range of services to ensure that your home is properly secured. One way to keep your home safe from winter weather is inspecting the garage door. By taking about 30 minutes to check your garage door, you can ensure that you don’t experience any home security issues.

The first step is to check all batteries—in both the remote and external keypad. You might need to simply change out the batteries. For the external keypad, you will need a Phillips screwdriver to open the compartment underneath the keypad cover. Batteries typically last about one year. Each winter, check your batteries. If you change the batteries and the garage door still isn’t working properly, call Doors in Motion for repairs.

Doors in Motion serves the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with installation, upgrades, repairs, sales, and maintenance services. Ensuring that your home is safe and secure, our technicians are trained to provide high quality products and services in a time efficient manner.

Once you check the batteries, look at the springs in the garage door system. It’s crucial that you disable your garage door opener before completing this step. To do so, pull the emergency cord and manually open the door gently. If you can successfully open the garage door with one hand, the springs work properly. If not, contact Doors in Motion to make the necessary repairs. Our experts offer on-site diagnosis and repairs.

Next, check the weather-stripping. With winter approaching, your weather-stripping plays a huge role in the temperature control of your home. When completing this step, you don’t want the weather-stripping on the outer door frame to hug tightly to the door. If you notice this issue or if it is damaged or worn in any way, you can make the necessary repairs or call an expert.

Maintenance is vital as a homeowner. When you allow any part of your home to go unnoticed for a lengthy period of time, problems easily arise. Doors in Motion offers routine maintenance and repairs to ensure that your garage door works properly year round. One maintenance tip is to lubricate the metal parts of your hardware, including the tracks, rollers, and springs. Use an oil based lubricant such as 3in1. Very little oil is necessary to effectively lubricate the hardware. Avoid WD-40 as these are degreasers and can cause more harm than good. The goal is for the rollers to roll, not slide!

Finally, check the automatic mechanical and photoelectric reversal systems. To inspect the mechanical reversal system, place a sturdy piece of wood on the threshold of the garage door. Then, close the garage door. Keep an eye on the wood—when the door hits the wood, it should automatically go back up. If this doesn’t happen, you can look through your manual and find how to fix it.

The photoelectric automatic reversal system is a safety system. To test this system, place your foot in front of the beam found about four inches off the ground—there should be one on each side of the garage door. If the door doesn’t stop and go back up, look to see if the two units are aligned properly. If not, you can manually align them. If the photoelectric system still doesn’t work, contact Doors in Motion for necessary repairs.