Garage Door Cable Repair
Garage Door Repair & Installation
Residential & Commercial
Garage Door Cable Replacement
Garage door cables are a critical part of the operation of your garage door because they pull up the entire weight of the door. These cables wrap around cable drums at the top of the door and run down, clipping onto the bottom bracket. They will be located on either side of your door, running vertically with your track. In order to function properly, lifting your door and protecting your family from injury, they need to be well maintained. This means no fraying or damage which could cause them to snap. Any weak spots in the cables could cause major issues for the operation of your garage door and become dangerous.
Your garage door cables also work closely with your springs. This means that if one is damaged, it is most likely hurting the other. For example, if your spring breaks, that creates added tension for your cables. When either of these parts break, you will hear a popping noise as the tension releases. Additionally, if your spring has too much or too little tension, it could cause your cable to come off the drum. Loss of tension from any of these problems will make your garage door heavier and more difficult to lift. Do not attempt to lift it with the automatic opener because this could cause the motor to burn out. You can try to open the door manually, but it could be very difficult and you should always have someone to help you.
Instead of attempting any repairs or opening the door on your own, call us at 678-960-3360 to schedule an appointment! Trust our trained technicians to complete your cable repair so you don’t have to worry.
Loose Garage Door Cable
In the photo, you can see that the cable has simply come out of the drum, not broken. This can occur if you accidentally close your garage door on something or have loose springs. If this happens, our technicians can typically reattach it to the drum and get your garage door working again quickly. Even though this might seem like an easy fix for you, you should not attempt to reset the cable into the drum on your own. The cable still holds a lot of tension and could injure you or family member if handled incorrectly.
Garage door cables are made from heavy duty or galvanized steel, running on either side of your garage door. These lift cables wrap around drums at the top your door and run down to anchor into bottom brackets. They hold the weight of your garage door, working with the springs in a counter balance system.
Garage door cables typically come off the drum for two reasons: slack in tension or broken cables. This can occur when the garage door is lowered onto an object and creates slack in the cable tension. Also, if your garage door springs break or become unbalanced, it could cause the cables to come off or break from extra weight.
Broken Garage Door Cable
In the photo, you can see that the garage door cable is fully broken. Your cable can break for several different reasons. One, if the steel of the cables develops corrosion or rubs against other metal parts, the cable will likely break. Two, if your spring breaks when attempting to lift the door, the sudden fall of the door could snap the cables. In either case, our technicians will have to replace the cables on both sides of the garage door to get it functioning at its best again.
As with a loose cable, you should be careful when handling a garage door with a broken cable. Instead of risking injury by trying to replace the cable yourself, contact the experts at Aaron Overhead Doors. We keep our trucks stocked with the necessary tools and parts to ensure you get a speedy repair!
Like all garage door parts, the lifespan of cables depends on cycles. High cycle cables will last 10-15,000 cycles of opening you garage door. This translates into 8-15 years depending on how frequently you use your garage door. However, you can extend this lifespan with annual maintenance.
How to fix your garage door cable will depend on if it is loose or broken. If you have a loose cable that is hanging out of drum, it probably just needs to be reset. If the cable is broken, your garage door won't be able to function until the cable is replaced.
In many cases, our customers assume that the garage door cable is broken, but it has only come out of the drum. The cable actually clips into the drum and the tension in the garage door torsion springs holds them in place. In some cases, if no damage was done to the cable, we can just reset the garage door cable in the drum.
We don’t recommend resetting the cables into the drum yourself. Remember, the cables hold the entire weight of the door and operate at a high level of tension. Replacing them is dangerous and should only be done by a garage door repair specialist. In-house, we typically stock eight and nine-foot-tall cables which will fit most residential garage doors. We can complete you cable replacement quickly and easily during a repair appointment.
If we notice any wear or fraying during a maintenance appointment or repair for another issue, we will require that you allow us to replace them. Because cables are important to the function of the springs, it is vital that they are in good shape to reliably lift your garage door. Additionally, if one of your cables breaks or experiences extensive wear, we will need to replace both cables. Since they work together, it is best to keep them on equal footing so one is not holding more tension than the other.
Here at Aaron Overhead Doors, we perform cable repair and replacement for local homes and businesses. Located in Buford, GA, we service the North Atlanta and North Georgia areas including Gwinnett, North Fulton, Dekalb, Forsyth, Cobb, Hall, Jackson, Jefferson, and more. Contact us at 678-960-3360 for more information or to schedule an appointment!
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