Ice Prevention and Your Garage Door



If your frozen garage door doesn’t open the first time you push the button, DO NOT KEEP TRYING! Do not keep pushing the button as you will damage the operator motor or the door.


Make sure the door isn’t locked; check the interior lock and the lock on your wall console then perform an inspection of the entire system, looking for any obvious obstructions or broken parts. Next you will want to disconnect the door from the operator by pulling the manual release cord. Run the door manually a few times to free up sections or weather seal that may be frozen.

If the door is still immobile, check the interior. Melt ice under the door and on the exterior ridding any ice buildup at the bottom. The safest way to unstick a frozen garage door is by using a heat gun or blow dryer, keep it on the lowest setting and don’t hold it in one place for too long. You can also try chipping away the ice however you run the risk of damaging the weather seal. You could also use boiling water. The problem with this is that you need to act fast or have somebody else there to open the door before the water freezes. Calcium chloride works great, as well as rock salt although; calcium chloride is effective down to -32 degrees Celsius whereas rock salt is effective down as low as -10 degrees Celsius. Keep in mind either of these can corrode the bottom seal if not completely cleaned off.

If you are still unable to free the garage door, contact us today at: 1 (705) 326-7238, or 1 (705) 326-6042


Keep the area in front of your garage doors clear of ice & snow. The bottom seal of your garage door can stick to the ice, preventing it from opening. Trying to force it open can break your top door panel, burn out your operator, or tear the bottom seal off the door. Applying silicone spray to the rubber bottom seal can help prevent it from sticking to the ice. You could also use cooking spray or vegetable oil. During bad weather the garage door should be opened at least once during the day even if you’re not leaving. This will help keep your door moving fluidly and delay ice buildup. Some people will leave a layer of cat litter or sand along the edge of the door as well to assist in ice prevention. My final suggestion for ice prevention is the application of lubrication. It is very, very important to keep the door lubricated. A lubricated door is a happy door and it will extend the life of parts significantly, as well as ease the operation of the door making it more efficient.

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