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Garage Door Having Trouble Opening and Closing During Cold Weather

Yesterday, I was fighting the garage door again. It would not go up more than a few feet before stopping. Yet, it has been working beautifully the past two weeks. The only difference, it was nice and warm here for the past two weeks in Southern California. While yesterday, the weather turned cold with extremely strong wind. I had seen this symptom before. But I didn't put the wind, the coldness, and the garage door trouble together until today. The garage door always worked fined in the summer time and have a little bit of trouble during the winter.

After doing a bit of a search, I noticed that many garage door owners are having the same trouble. It is a rather common problem that nobody seems to have a solution for. And this wide-spread problem affected all garage door openers and all garage doors. However, I did notice one person mention that his garage door opener motor is adjustable. During the winter time, it could be adjusted to be stronger.

That's a good lead and I'll have to see if my garage door opener motor has power adjustment on it. My garage door opener is a Wayne Dalton iDrive for Torsion Springs. Will let you know if that is the solution to the problem.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:23:19 +0000

Well, I haven't got a chance to look for the motor adjust. But last night, while it was acting up, I pulled the emergency release handle while it was in the up position. Then I lowered the garage door manually and released the handle. Ever since then, the garage door has been opening and closing perfection.

I'm thinking that the wind or the cold weather has caused the garage door opener (GDO), the torsion bar, and the garage door to bind or jam in some way. By pulling the emergency release handle, it released the tension that is in the system.

If that's all it is, then that is good news, because it's easy to pull and release the emergency door handle. I'll have to give that a try the next time we the cold weather moves through. Will keep you posted.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:00:42 +0000

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