Garage Door cable repair

cable replacement

Garage door cables are responsible for lifting the garage door. They experience large amounts of tension and pressure. As a result of this, they can become damaged and even break at times. Broken garage door cables can pose a big problem as the door cannot move without the cable. There are some signs that you can pay attention to that indicate when it is time for garage door cable repair.

The first sign that you would need to replace or repair the cables are that the cables are roping. This is caused by the cable being stretched due to the weight of the garage door. It is also one of the first signs of fatigue on the cable.

Next, you should be on the lookout for looping cables. This is a sign that follows the roping sign. It is usually caused by excessive roping and results in loose loops opening up on the cable. Looping increases the risk of the final sign, which is fraying. This is due to individual cable fibers being separated.

Fraying cables are cables that have visible breakages in the fibers. If this is the sign that you notice, it is highly recommended that you replace the cables. Failure to do so may result in extreme damage to the garage door and even injury in some cases.

Garage Door Cable Issues

The cables used by a garage door can experience certain issues over time and, as a result, can become damaged and even snap. A snapped garage door cable is much more difficult to deal with than one that is still intact. For this reason, you should be on the lookout for any of the following common cable issues. Some of the problems experienced by the cables are:

The cables used by a garage door can experience certain issues over time and, as a result, can become damaged and even snap. A snapped garage door cable is much more difficult to deal with than one that is still intact. For this reason, you should be on the lookout for any of the following common cable issues. Some of the problems experienced by the cables are:

  • Old cables: The cables on the garage door can become old. When they become old, they begin to be more susceptible to damage and also become weaker. Should this be the case, it may be in your best interest to replace them.
  • Rust on the metal cables: Rust can develop on the cables, especially if they are in an area where there is a lot of moisture present. Rusting cables become compromised as the rust makes the cable much weaker. If this is left untreated, the cable is very likely to break.
  • Jammed cables: Jamming can sometimes occur due to the cables becoming tangled or even moving off the turning wheel. This can be very frustrating as the garage door does not move if the cable becomes jammed.
  • Unwound cables: The cables can sometimes slip off the drum and become unwound. This can be a major inconvenience and is also difficult to fix if you do not know what you are doing. Unwound cables also result in the garage door not being able to move and are usually the result of loose cables.

These issues are all issues that almost every garage door owner experiences. Although they can be very inconvenient and frustrating, they can be fixed. Our technicians are very experienced and are more than capable of resolving any of these issues should you encounter them.

frayed garage door cable
Frayed Garage Door Cable

Types of Cables and Uses

There are different types of cables, and they are used for different purposes. The two types of cables that are going to be discussed are lift cables and retaining cables. While these have different uses, we are able to repair both of them should you experience any issues with either of them.

garage door cables

Lift Cables

These cables are used to open and close the garage door. These cables are attached to the garage door torsion springs. The lift cable may vary in size depending on the weight of the door. The heavier the door, the wider the cables need to be. These cables can, however, become jammed or broken.

If you notice that the lift cables are beginning to fray or even develop a layer of rust, this could be a sign that the cable needs to be repaired or replaced. Our technicians are trained to be able to do this job for you.

Retaining Cables

The purpose of a retaining cable is to help stop the extension spring from falling should a break occur. These cables are attached to the garage door extension springs. This cable has extension or stretch springs.

If you notice that the cable is beginning to unwind or fray, you should consult a professional to assist you in its repair or replacement. The technicians employed by us are highly skilled and can complete the task professionally and efficiently.

Why trust us as your professional garage door repair company?

Installing garage door cables can be a very dangerous and difficult job. If the job is not done properly, it can result in major damage being done to the door or even injuries. For this reason, it is important that the cables are installed properly and that this is done in compliance with the safety regulations.

It is not recommended that you install garage door cables yourself due to the risks associated with the process. Our licensed, experienced, and professional technicians work seven days a week and are ready to help you on the same day that you encounter the issue. The service we provide allows you to not stress about the task of replacing the cables.

It is important to note that having a professional install your cables for you is going to save you money and trouble in the grand scheme of things. If the job is not done properly, the cables can constantly slip and can even break again in the near future. This results in you having to spend more money in order to replace the cables once again.

The Bottom Line

We at Capitol Garage Doors are dedicated to providing you with the best service and workmanship. We are certain that the service we offer is premium and satisfies any of the requirements that you may have. Contact us today to get a quote on any garage door cable repair.

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