Most Houstonians are well aware of what Houston summers can do to people and pets. But do you know what summer weather can do to your garage door? In some ways, summer heat, humidity and storms can be just as damaging to your garage door as winter weather. Here are some things summer weather can do to your garage door and tips on preventing the damage it can cause.
Your Garage Door Opener
It gets hot in the Houston gulf coast region. Whether you’re up in The Woodlands, in Sugar Land or in the City of Houston, you feel the heat. And so does your garage door opener. Your garage can heat up to 100 degrees and over on a Houston summer day. That heat can affect the electronics in your garage door opener causing a need for an adjustment to the sensitivity or limits of travel for your garage door opener.
With everything from your basic summer storm, to hurricanes, and tropical storms, power surges are common in Houston. Currently, the power grid is a hot topic in Texas! A power surge can damage the circuit board in your garage door opener. To protect your garage door opener, plug in a surge protector on the outlet where your opener is plugged.
The aforementioned storms and humidity can also create rust and corrosion on your garage door opener chain and hardware. A good prevention is to lubricate all your metal moving parts with a garage door lubricant twice a year (usually during the spring and fall).
Your garage door photosensors, the sensors that tell the opener motor…