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Garage Door Winter Maintenance Tips

Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Toledo, Ohio gets calls in the winter about doors not opening. Has this ever happened to you? It’s cold outside and all you can think about getting inside your warm, comfortable house. You start up your driveway and push the remote opener button. Nothing happens. Now, not only can you not hurry up and get in, but you have a repair to worry about.

One possible issue that can cause this terrible situation is that your garage door could be frozen shut. This can cause quite an inconvenience, particularly during very cold times when getting inside quickly is a priority. Try these tips to prevent poor operation of your overhead door.

Check All Weather Stripping


To help keep your door from freezing shut, be sure to keep your weather stripping in good shape. A bad seal can allow snow, ice, water, and other moisture to build up around your door. This can result in a frozen door that won’t open.

You should periodically check all the weather stripping around your overhead door. You’ll be looking for a good waterproofing seal. Take a damp cloth and wipe off any dirt and grime build up on the stripping. This will allow you to really see the condition of the stripping.

If you find cracking, warping, or dry rot, replace the weather stripping. To maintain a good seal, replace all the stripping at once. This may be a job for a professional technician. Call us today to set up an appointment for a consultation.

Clean the Tracks

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While inspecting your door, go ahead and check your tracks as well. Take a close look along the length of your garage door tracks. Pay attention to both sides of each track, the inside edge where the wheel makes contact as well as the outer edge.

Look for any debris that may have built up. You may find leaves, pine needles, excessive amounts of dust, or other obstructions. If so, wipe out the track with a dry washcloth and clear out the blockages.

You’ll also need to look for any excessive grease build up. Certain types of lubrication can combine with dirt, dust, or other debris and create pockets of build up. This will most likely be a black blob or blobs along the inside of the track. Wipe these out with a dry cloth as well. Be sure to get not just the blobs but any black grease. The black color results from dirt build up and can cause the door to stick as well.

Apply Lubrication Where Needed


After you’ve check the weather stripping and clear out any obstructions from the tracks, it’s time to lubricate. Be sure to avoid heavy axle grease, preferring regular machine oil instead. Heavier grease can lead to the kind of build up we just cleared out. Apply lubrication to any moving parts. Make sure to apply to the moving part, as well as any stationary parts that make contact with the moving parts.

After you’ve completed the lubrication process, make sure to wipe down surfaces to remove any excess oil. Excess oil can lead to more build up on your garage door. Lubricating your door should be a regular maintenance habit throughout the year.

If you’ve tried all this DIY solutions and are still having difficulty with your overhead door not opening, call Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Toledo, Ohio. We have trained operators who will take your call and help you find the solution to your needs. Our professional technicians can be on site quickly to take care of your needs.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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