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Garage Door Cable Repair: What You Need to Know

Garage Door Cable Repair: What You Need to Know

Garage Door Cable Repair: What You Need to Know

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If you've had a problem with your garage door cable, you know how frustrating it can be. An improperly working garage door cable can lead to all sorts of consequences like a broken spring or even injury. Thankfully, Prolift Garage Door has all the necessary tools and expertise to get your garage door cable working again quickly. Call us at (503) 308-6096 to fix any problem arising from faulty cables on your garage door.

We'll also walk you through the essential things you need to know about your garage door cables and how to make them last for years to come! If this sounds like something that interests you, keep reading!

Garage Door Cable Basics

Cables are responsible for opening and closing your garage door. They are attached to both the opener and door-and-opener systems. Most of the time, they are made of steel or nylon. This doesn't mean, though, that they would last a lifetime.

There are many reasons why your garage door cable would break. Some of these include:

  • Broken springs

  • Malfunctioning garage door opener

  • Stretching or fraying of cables over time

  • Door alignment issues

These reasons mean that your garage is exposed to broken cables at all times, and you could injure yourself if something malfunctions. Broken garage door cables can also mean expensive garage door repairs and other possible liabilities.

When To Repair Your Cables

When do you know that your cable needs repairing? There are a few tell-tale signs that it's time to improve your cable.

  • The garage door is consistently getting stuck in the up position or down place with no apparent reason.

  • The safety chain often gets tangled around pulleys and will not move properly when you open or close the garage door.

  • Obviously broken cables

How to Prevent Broken Cables or Replace Broken Garage Door Cable:

Though unavoidable, the most important thing you can do is maintain your cables, so they don't break prematurely. Here are some steps that will help keep them in good shape for years to come:

1. Inspect The Outside Of Your Cable Every Few Months

Inspecting your garage door cable every few months can help in preventing broken wires. A broken garage door cable can cause the entire safety system of your garage to go haywire.

If you notice that any part of your cable has frayed or stretched, it is time for a replacement!

2. Check If All Screws Are Tight

If one screw goes missing on either side of the pulley wheel, this could lead to the garage door cable breaking. Ensure all screws are tight and everything is in a place where it should be, including hinges on tracks and pulleys for safety chains.

3. Clean Off Dirt Or Debris

Dust, leaves, or other materials near your cables could potentially obstruct the movement of your door. Thus, it would be wise to clean off the area immediately.

4. Check The Door Alignment

Checking the alignment of your door can also help you spot any issues with the cables. Use a level to see if your door is at the proper alignment.

5. Replace Broken Or Frayed Cables With New Ones ASAP

These cables should be replaced with new ones ASAP as they can lead to your garage door being damaged beyond repair.

Garage Doors Are Also Your Home's First Line of Defense Against Thieves

It's no secret that burglars love garage doors because they provide an easy way into your home. Broken cables can also lead to the door not closing all the way. This can make it easier for anyone else who wants to get into your garage without any problems, so replacing them quickly is a must!

The fix is usually quick and painless. All it takes to solve the problem are some new cables, a firm hand, and our expertise! Call Prolift Garage Door at (503) 308-6096 today to get your door fixed without getting replaced.
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