How To Get Your Frozen Garage Door Opened

1 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Cold weather bringing freezing temperatures and lots of freezing rain can really wreak havoc on your garage door. No one wants to wake up in the morning to take their kids to school or to head to work and find that their garage door is frozen shut. Here are some things that you can do to get that frozen door open:

  1. Only Try Once - The first thing that you need to do is avoid continuously trying to get your garage door to open. If it doesn't open on your first attempt, then you should stop. Otherwise, you may burn up the motor and damage the garage door.
  2. Is It Locked? - Check to verify that the garage door is not locked. There are two places you should check for this, which include the button that locks the door on your wall console as well as the interior slide lock.
  3. Any Obstructions? - Once you have verified that the door is not locked, begin inspecting the entire system. Look for any signs of broken components or obstructions. If you have noticed an obstruction and you can do so safely, move it out of the way.
  4. Use Your Muscles - Using the manual pull-release cord, disconnect the door and the operator. You can manually run the door to see this can remedy the situation. In many cases, the weatherstripping may be frosted and this can cause it to unstick.
  5. Ice Buildup - If the garage door is still unable to open, then you need to inspect the exterior and interior for any buildup of ice. Although this may take some time, you can use a blow dryer or a heat gun to unfreeze your garage door. Just be careful to not use it in a single place for too long.

If none of this works or you prefer to use an alternative method, here are a few other options (although they are more dangerous):

  1. Pick and Hammer - You can get an ice pick and a hammer and chip away the ice. Unfortunately, you could damage the bottom seal if you're not careful.
  2. Boil Water - You could boil some water and throw it on the area that is frozen shut. However, it can be hard to do this alone. Without another pair of hands, you may find that the water freezes back before you have time to do anything with it.
  3. Salt Water - You can also use rock salt or salt water, but this could cause the bottom of the seal to corrode if it is not thoroughly cleaned afterward.
  4. Space Heater - You can always bring out your space heater. However, these are very dangerous and must be watched carefully. Plus, using one can be extremely time consuming.

Ultimately, your best bet is to contact a professional with overhead doors like Action Door Services Ltd. They will be able to thoroughly inspect your entire garage door system, determine the cause and safely remedy the issue.