Over time, the cables on your garage door naturally wear down. In order to keep your garage door working safely, it's very important to replace or repair your cables when they start to wear out, and to have regular maintenance checks to spot any potential problems. Here's what you need to know about garage door cables and precision door repair.

Cable needing maintenance

How do garage door cables work?

There are a few ways in which garage door cables work to support the overall mechanism of the door. Usually, the cables are attached to the bottom of your door at the corners, and then attached at the other end to a spring, which counterbalances the weight of the door. Depending on the design of your garage door, the cables may be connected to the springs in other ways, but they serve essentially the same purpose - they counterbalance the weight of the door, making it much easier to lift. They require a very specific amount of tension in order to work, which is why they should always be handled by a professional.

When should you repair your garage door cables?

There are many potential signs that you might need to repair or replace your garage door cables. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to your cables, as a cable malfunction can be very dangerous. Here are some important signs that you should replace your garage door cables. Keep in mind that if you need to replace your cables, there's a good chance you need to replace your springs as well, since the two are connected and rely on each other to work properly. In fact, it's more common to have a problem with your springs than to have a problem with your cables, but it's important to get both checked regularly just in case.

  • Your garage door cables are loose. If you notice that the cables are not taut anymore, this means they are not properly connected to the spring, or that there is a serious issue with the spring on its own. When the cables are loose, the spring can't effectively counterbalance the weight of the door, which means the door is much more likely to fall.
  • You notice the cables are fraying. Even if your garage door is still working properly, you should always get your cables checked if you notice them starting to fray. Frayed cables will lose their ability to bear weight effectively, and could potentially be dangerous.
  • Your garage door won't open. When the cables, spring, or pulley are broken, the garage door may get stuck because the springs are no longer able to bear weight. You may be able to get your garage door to open just a few inches, but after that point, the system won't be able to bear the load and will automatically shut off as a safety measure. When this happens, your garage door will also feel much heavier than usual. If it is open, it may drop much faster than normal because the spring and cable can't control the weight.
  • Your door is crooked. This is usually an indication that the cables or spring are broken on one side. One side of the door will feel much heavier than the other and will not move. In this case, you'll usually just need to replace the cable and the attached springs on one side.

Frayed cable

Benefits of Repairing Your Garage Door Cables

There are many benefits to investing in repair services for your garage door cables. The most important reason why you should get them checked and replaced every so often is for safety. When the cables on your garage door don't work properly, they won't counterbalance the weight of the door, and it will feel very heavy. This means that the garage door could shut much faster than you might expect, leading to injuries or property damage. In some cases, a door with broken cables just won't open, which can also be very dangerous and inconvenient.

Another reason to get regular maintenance for your garage door is that it can actually save you money in the long run. When you catch garage door problems relatively early, you'll be able to make affordable repairs, instead of having to completely replace the entire system when a serious problem happens. Investing in a better door for your home or business can also actually increase the financial value of your space. New, high-quality cables should last for years to come, so you won't have to worry about breaks or other damage for a long time.

Loose cable

Can you do it yourself?

You may be wondering if you can fix your garage door cables yourself. While it is technically possible to fix your garage door cables on your own, we don't recommend it unless you have extensive training in garage door repair. If something goes wrong while you are trying to repair your cables, it could be very dangerous and lead to injury or property damage. If you install your garage door cables improperly, you could still end up needing very expensive repair services later on. Trying to take on this project yourself is also going to be much more time consuming than hiring a specialist. Don't attempt to repair complex garage cables on your own - instead, hire a specialist to help you build a better door.

What services do we offer?

We offer maintenance checks as well as repair and replacement services for your garage door cables. We recommend that you get a maintenance check for your garage door every few years, even if you don't notice any problems with your garage door. There may be small issues that the untrained eye wouldn't pick up on. We can identify any potential problems and make the repairs to prevent any damage from happening and keep your garage door working efficiently for years to come. If you do notice a problem with your garage door cables, we also offer repair and garage door parts replacement services. If we can repair your existing garage cables, we will do so, or we can help you find and install new garage cables that will provide superior performance. Don't hesitate to call us whenever you notice an issue with your garage door - we're always happy to help.

New cables for installation

Why choose us?

We offer precision door repair for your cables and other parts of your garage door, like your torsions spring, extension spring, drum, and much more. We're a leading garage door repair specialist on Long Island, serving Nassau and Suffolk counties. Here's why you should choose us for your garage door repair services.

  • We offer flexible hours to suit your needs. We understand that you have a busy schedule, which is why we are always willing to work with you to find an appointment time that works for you. We also offer emergency repair services for broken cables that could potentially harm someone. We are usually able to perform emergency repairs within 24-48 hours, and will always aim to get to you as quickly as possible.
  • Our entire team is committed to customer service. We are always willing to answer your garage door repair questions and help you learn more about how your garage door works, the parts you need, and how to keep it in great condition. Our team members have extensive training and experience in garage door repairs and can handle any challenging repair situations with ease. We are always courteous, friendly, and efficient. We know that garage door repair problems can be stressful, but we aim to make the situation as painless as possible for our customers.
  • We work with many different types of garage doors, and service both residential and commercial properties. We have worked with a very wide range of garage door brands, and have parts in stock for most common types of garage doors. Even if we haven't worked with your garage door model in the past, we will go out of our way to find the appropriate repair parts and equipment. We always stay up to date with the latest garage door technology, so we can provide you with the most advanced service and use the most effective parts for your door.

Contact us today to learn more about our garage door cable repair services and schedule your appointment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about complex garage door systems. Our expert team is available to help you fix your garage door issues quickly and efficiently, in a time frame that works for you. Use our services and see why we're the leading garage door repair company on Long Island.

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