This client in Bennington, NE, reported damage to their garage door cable. Their massive, two-car garage door had become stuck in its tracks due to a broken cable. They contacted Titan Garage Doors Lincoln NE, and our team assessed the problem and determined the best way to proceed. After evaluating the condition of the cables, the team got to work swapping out old cables with new ones. Lengths were measured and fitted one by one, each snugly in its place. Once the garage door cable replacement was done, the door was once again secure and operational. The client now has peace of mind knowing that their garage doors are safe and secure.
Do you know the importance of having garage door cables that are in good condition? These thick and taut cables ensure your garage door runs smoothly, securely, and safely. But if they become worn, frayed, or broken, then the entire system may fail. That is why professional technicians always suggest regular maintenance and inspections on your system — especially on the cables.
Are you experiencing problems with your garage door cable? Not sure what type of cable is the best for your system? Let us walk you through the types and materials available for garage door cables.
Cables for a garage door are not a “one size fits all” item. The type of cable you need is based on the springs installed. There are two main types of cables, both made from strands of galvanized wire.
High-tension torsion cables are made from stainless steel wires covered in a heavy-duty cable coating and are used in high-tension torsion spring systems. These cables attach to the door’s bottom corner and help balance it with the torsion springs above it.
Extension cables are made from strong wires and loops and are used in extension spring systems. They run vertically along each side of the door and help keep the springs in place if they break. The purpose of these cables is to prevent the spring from flying or falling off when it breaks, which could cause serious injury.
These twisted cables, comprised of multiple strands of galvanized wire, are typically resilient and durable. Nonetheless, they are susceptible to normal deterioration over time. Poor track alignment, faulty pulley bearings, and excessive moisture near the garage door bottom can accelerate wear, rust, and corrosion. However, performing routine visual inspections may help you prevent a fraying cable from snapping altogether.
The cables are an important part of the garage door system. They work in tandem to lift the heavy door evenly. However, when one cable snaps, it puts extra strain on the other. That can make the garage door lift unevenly, causing it to become crooked and unbalanced. Therefore, if your garage door is squeaking, shaking, or operating strangely, this could mean a cable has snapped. Please refrain from using the door until it has been inspected by a professional.
Are you doing DIY cable replacement? First, you need to cut the unbroken cable to fix it so the door will lower. Then use extreme caution and ask several people to assist you in lowering the door slowly and carefully. Once the cable is cut, the door can be very heavy and difficult to control.
You may be tempted to try and repair your broken garage door, but this is not recommended. Many people are injured every year from trying to fix their garage doors themselves. Unless you have the knowledge and experience with garage door repair, it is best to leave it to the professionals. This way, you can avoid any potentially dangerous situations.
At Titan Garage Doors Lincoln NE, we strive to provide the highest quality garage door cable replacement services in and around Lincoln, NE. Our highly trained professionals are dedicated to delivering quick and efficient services at competitive prices. We understand its importance for your home’s safety, security, and curb appeal, so we offer free estimates for all our garage door services. Call us today and get started on your project!