During colder months, homeowners may experience issues with garage door not working correctly. There are a few possible problem, and below are some details to help you determine why your garage door isn’t operating properly when it’s cold outside.
Sometimes, your lock could be the cause of the issue. Many garage doors have a lock located on their door that can be used as an extra security feature. This lock stops all electrical operations of the opener once the door is closed and should only be utilized when you’re away from home for a period of time. Be sure to check if this lock is in the off position before attempting any other troubleshooting.
Door Sensors Need Alignment
Another possible cause of your garage door opener not working in cold weather is that the safety sensors may have been knocked out of place or misaligned accidentally. Something as simple as bumping into them with trash cans or other objects can cause them to become maladjusted. Usually, fixing this issue is a an easy process just realign the sensors and your opener should start working again.
When temperatures start to drop, it can put additional strain on your garage door springs and significantly reduce their lifespan. If you suspect that one or more of your springs has broken, it’s important to get professional help with repairs immediately to operating a garage door with a broken spring can lead to further damage.
How to Figure Out the Problem
If you’re unsure why your garage door isn’t working, there are a few steps you can take yourself to find what’s causing the problem: checking the lock and make sure it isn’t engaged, inspecting both sensors for signs of misalignment, Inspecting for any evidence of broken springs or other damage that could affect operation.