Although regular garage door maintenance prevents a range of malfunctions, some factors beyond your control could compromise the system’s performance. During the height of summer, for example, seasonal storms and heat can wreak havoc on the garage door. To be prepared to handle concerns when they arise, below are potential problems you could face in the upcoming season.
How Summer Affects Your Garage Door
1. Power Outages During Lightning Storms
Similar to lights, appliances, and other items in the home that run on electricity, the garage door can also experience malfunctions during summer storms. If lightning causes a power surge, it could short-circuit the sensors that prompt the door to open and close. Installing a surge protector should prevent potential problems throughout the season.
2. False Sensor Readings Because of Sunlight
Unless there are trees and additional buildings nearby for covering, a garage door is typically exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day. The extreme heat can harm the electrical components of the garage door. During sunny days, sensors can mistake the glare of the light for obstructions under the door. As a safety precaution, the door won’t close when you use the opener. Cutting off the beam of sunlight to the garage door will prevent false readings.
3. Shifting Mechanical Components Because of Expansion
When exposed to extreme heat, the mechanical components of the garage door could swell. When this happens, it’s difficult for parts to work together to open and close the door. If you hear strange screeching sounds during operation, it could be friction from parts rubbing together. Adding ventilation to the garage will cool down the space and keep equipment from expanding.
If you need garage door repairs this summer, turn to Overhead Door Co. of Lycoming County, a division of Schrader Architectural Products, in Williamsport, PA, for assistance. As The Genuine, The Original Overhead Door Company, you can trust the team to provide solutions that boost the safety, security, and functionality of your system. To schedule a garage door service appointment, call (570) 326-4749. Visit the company online for a closer look at their commercial and residential overhead doors, carriage-style products, rolling-steel fixtures, and additional products they carry.