Your garage door rolls up and down severally in a day. This is made possible by several working parts of the garage door that work together to give you smooth unhindered movement. The garage door springs are under lots of pressure that allows them to lift the door, thanks to the heavy cables that run through them.
There are several types of cables that homeowners can use, but the most basic ones include torsion, extension spring door, and safety cables. These cables are often made of strong material but aren’t impervious to breaking since they are used frequently. Should the cables break, you could face serious potential problems, including huge amount of damage, serious injuries, and even fatalities. Here’s how you can repair and fix your garage door cables:
Before undertaking any repairs, keep the garage door closed to avoid any injuries or damages. In some cases, cable repairs require simple processes such as just cutting the ends of a cable to eliminate the slack, while other complicated situations need the help of a professional.
The first step to fixing your garage door cables is finding out what is causing the problem. The problem could arise from the cables or from the operator. At times, cables get incorrectly wound around the drum, making the door jammed, and can also get unwound, which is easily fixed by reconnecting them to the drum. The cables could slip off the pulley system, which requires you to put them back in place.
Cable malfunction can also be due to old age, in which case you’ll need to replace them. Other parts of the garage door can also lead to the malfunction of the cables. For instance, worn out pulleys don’t allow the cables to slip through them smoothly.
You need to test your cables to ensure the problem is fixed. To test your cables, open the garage door, disconnect the automatic opener, and then try to move the door manually. The door should be able to move smoothly along either side of the tracks. Difficulty in opening and closing the door manually means there’s still a problem. Keep some distance when opening the garage door so you are protected in case you made a mistake during installation and the springs break.
Even though garage door cables can be repaired or fixed, there are times you need to replace them completely. This includes when they wear & tear, when they are seriously damaged, or if they are old and the cost of repairs are higher. To do cable replacement, first close the garage door, then remove the old ones from the brackets and loosen the bolts holding the wires.
Fix the new cables in the brackets and tighten the bolts along the pulley system to hold them in place. Once replacement is done, test to ensure there’s enough tension in the new cables for proper alignment and efficient operation.
During cable installation, avoid too much slack as this may prevent the door from opening or closing properly. Also, check if the cables are properly tightened to avoid future accidents. Make a point to regularly check the cables as some cables can snap due to wear and tear causing damages or injuries.
While repairing and fixing your garage door cables sounds like a good idea, it’s better to practice preventive maintenance on them. This includes fixing heavier garage doors with stronger springs and thicker cables. Regularly check your garage door cables for fraying or kinks and the pulleys for any damages and wear & tear. It’s also important to keep the cables clean by removing any debris and keeping them free of lubricants.
Be careful when fixing or repairing garage doors cables as poor handling could cause further damage or even injuries. It’s better to leave any cable issues to a professional since they can tell the exact part that needs fixing and then make safe and swift repairs.