Although your garage door is one of the largest moving parts of your home and can take up to 40 percent of your front-facing area, it’s likely that you don’t give it much thought. You choose a color, a panel system, and a window location during the design phase of a garage door.
Garage door cables may slip off the drum.
After everything is set up, the garage should be able to move up and down as needed. You can pull the car in or take it out. Or leave the door open to do some spring cleaning. It becomes more difficult to move the doors if something happens.
Parts of a Garage Door System
Most modern garage doors can now weigh as much as 400 pounds. It’s difficult to move if something is going wrong. A garage door system does more than just provide the door and tracks for it to run on. The system is completed by extension springs, large-torsion springs, and cable drums.
The door could stop working or fail suddenly, and it could cause the door to stop moving or even crash down. The door could be inoperable until the part is repaired or replaced. While some garage door repairs are simple, others will require the expertise of a professional.
Each component serves a purpose. The tracks hold the door in place, while the springs lift the door’s weight. With a push of a button, the garage door opener raises the entire thing. Garage door cables Sacramento and cable drums are a failsafe for springs if something happens to them
Garage Door Cable Purpose
These cables, which are placed on either side of the door, are equipped with both extension and torsion springs. They allow the door to move up and down easily. Each cable can break, adding stress to the other and eventually leading to its failure.
Cables are attached to the garage door’s bottom and to the cable drum at the shaft of the torsion spring. The drums are turned by the torsion spring and the cables wrap around or unwrap the drum. This causes the door to lift or close. The spring unwinds when the doors are lowered and winds up when they are raised. This helps to move the door’s weight.
As mentioned above, if one of the cables breaks, the door will not lift evenly and put a strain on the other cable tracks and rollers. Although the garage door’s torsion spring is extremely heavy and puts a lot of pressure on it, changing a cable is safe and simple.
Replacing the Cable
The door should be in an open position before you can remove the broken cable. You can attach vice grips below the bottom roller to stop it from moving or put a ladder/scaffolding beneath the door.
Once you have secured the garage door, you can remove the cable at the bottom (looped about a peg), and then unravel the cable. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach the new cable. Then, loop the other end of the cable around the peg at the bottom of the garage door.
It is possible that the new and older cables may not match. In this case, you can replace both cables to ensure equal lengths. The torsion spring can be used to alter the length of the cable. If you are not familiar with springs, it is best to call garage door specialists.
For years, we’ve been servicing garage door cables, torsion springs, and all other parts. We can also install garage door openers and repair damaged doors. We are quick, professional, and safe to get you up and running again. We look forward to hearing from you.