Importance of Maintaining Garage Door Cables
Garage door cables keep people from getting harmed due to a broken torsion spring. Here is why it is important for you to maintain your garage door cables, according to our garage door repair professionals.
You might not think of it as much, but a garage door is an integral part of your home. The sound and feel of the metal grating on asphalt when you open or close your garage door can be quite therapeutic after work! But what if something goes wrong? A poorly maintained house makes for tough competition in this heated housing market.
No one wants to live next door to someone whose cars are constantly getting scratched up because their broken patio screens never get fixed by lazy landlords who don’t care about making good first impressions with potential buyers!
A working garage door has many parts that may compromise its functionality which makes it difficult for people to open or close them. At worst, they could fall causing serious injury.
Role of a garage cable
A garage door is an important part of a home. It maintains security and prevents injury, but it can easily be compromised by something as simple as the cable becoming misaligned or broken. If that happens then you’re in for more than just a few minor inconveniences; your entire house could potentially become vulnerable to intruders who want nothing more than to make off with whatever valuables they find inside!
Safety is of paramount importance when working with garage door cables. When the torsion spring breaks and people slip under it, they will get severely injured if not killed on impact. The cable helps to keep them from getting harmed in that situation while also lifting the counterweight so that it can function properly again by pulling down an already-opened door or raising a closed one without difficulty.
Causes of Garage Door Cable Breaking
If you’re experiencing problems with cable, make sure to contact the manufacturer for professional assistance.
Although there can be countless reasons why your cables have come off track or stopped functioning altogether, here are some of them:
- If the tension between the spring and cord is not balanced perfectly, it could lead to issues with either breaking springs or having drums that are too small. For the most part, this is an inherent issue with making new drums and cables. To fix it, you will have to make slight adjustments to the tension between the spring and drum’s metal weights.
- If the cable isn’t turning or spinning properly then a simple lubricating oil should be applied. The problem might also lie within the pulley at the end of the cord. If it’s dry, there could be excessive friction between it and the drum which would stop it from turning properly.
- If your cable isn’t functioning at all then you can try blowing dust out of the drum with compressed air or gently clean it using a towel moistened in warm water.
If the drum still isn’t turning even after these steps have been taken, then it’s possible that the drum itself is defective and will need to be repaired or replaced. Sometimes there won’t be any reason for the drum not to turn at all or make an unnerving clicking sound when being turned. If this occurs then there might be a problem with the motor or bearings and you might need to do some troubleshooting.
Fixing the garage door cable
Replacing a cable may seem easy to people, but it is highly risky because the torsion spring has stress and can recoil all of sudden. If you do not release the tension first before removing or installing cables for your door, the injury could occur as these springs get tense. Especially when opening and closing doors oftentimes create more resistance.
The torsion springs that hold the cables in place can be dangerous if not handled with care. As a result, contact Thrifty Garage Door Repair before any repairs to avoid injury and unnecessary costs. We have many years of experience doing this type of work so you know that your door is in good hands! If you are considering replacing or repairing your cable system on garage doors, for example, give our team a ring first for Vancouver cable repair or replacement services.