Did your garage door cable break? If so, the team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair put together what to expect and what to do next. We know how frustrating it is when a part breaks, that is why we are always available to help you.
Where is the Garage Door Cable Located?
Garage door cables are usually made from galvanized wire. You should have two cables that are attached to the bottom of the door. One is attached on one side and a second on the other side.
What Does it Do?
The cable has two functions. For one, it acts as a counterbalance to the garage door springs. Garage door springs wind up and create tension. This tension takes the weight off the door to make it easier for the opener to pull it open.
Secondly, the cables are used as a retaining cable. It’s used in conjunction with extension springs. They keep the extension springs from flying off the door in the event they break.
How Do They Break?
There are a few reasons that can cause your cables to break. For one thing, they move every time you open or close your door. They can wear out and break from general use. Some things can accelerate the wear and tear such as:
- Faulty bearings in the pulley system
- The cable rubs against other hardware
- It’s too loose or too tight
- Rust forms on the metal
Worn cables will eventually break and keep you from being able to use your garage door.
What to Do When Your Garage Door Cable Breaks
We highly recommend that you do not replace the cable on your garage door if you are not a professional or experienced with doors. Since it is under pressure, it can cause harm to you or your property. Do not use your door until one of our professionals comes out to make the repair.
When your cable breaks, call the team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. Our technicians are qualified to work on any type of garage door. We’ll be able to come out and make the repair right away.
Should You Replace Both Cables?
One question we often get is should you replace both cables if one of them breaks. We think it depends on the circumstances. Ideally, it would be better to replace both, because then they will both be as strong as the other side. However, if you have recently replaced one of the cables or had both cables installed brand new, but one broke, then you will not want to bother.
It is best to have one of our professionals check out the good one and determine if there are signs of wear. If they see rust or fraying, the cable needs to be replaced right away.
Call Today For Repairs
If your cables are broken, call the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. We are happy to come out and make the repair no matter what time of the day it is. Call us now so we can help you out.