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Frozen Garage Door

If you find that your garage door won't open after it has snowed or rained than the Temps drops below freezing. Your garage door bottom panel or seal maybe frozen to the ground!


Put in manual mode by pulling the red emergency cord and see if you can lift the door. If that fails here are some tips.

  1. Chipping the ice away, taking care not to damage the bottom seal.

  2. Pouring boiling water on the frozen areas and then opening the door before the water freezes.

  3. Applying rock salt or hot salt water if temperatures exceed 10 degrees F., bearing in mind that you’ll need to completely clean the bottom section and seal after freeing the door in order to avoid corrosion.

  4. If you are not in a rush, you can try melting the ice with a space heater. It will probably take all day and require periodic supervision.

  5. Check the temperature prediction throughout the day using either a weather website or app. If the temperature is predicted to rise appreciably above 32 F and you have the time to wait, nature may melt the problem away for you. By the way, this technique also works with snowy driveways.

Give us a call at Garage Door Commander if you got any questions or need more assistance

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