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Top Garage Door Cable Problems and How to Fix Them


Cable problems are a major cause of garage door issues. Here are the most common problems and how to fix them:

  1. Damaged cable – Replace the twisted cables with new ones.
  2. Disconnected pulley – Reconnect it by removing one of the bolts that holds it in place, then replace both bolts before reattaching the cable.
  3. Broken spring – If you have an older model, consider replacing it with a newer model instead of fixing it. Newer models tend to be more durable and reliable than older ones.
  4. Bent or broken track – Remove debris from between the tracks to get rid of any blockages or obstacles that may be preventing your garage door from opening. The tracks should be connected with a metal bracket on one end and the other track bolted to the ceiling wall or floor. You may need to remove bolts from the top of your door frame to get access if they are blocking anything.

If all else fails, you can call for an emergency service repair since this is something that needs to be done by a professional.

Garage Door Cable Repair And Installation

Garage doors are often constructed of metal and various other materials. They can be large enough to cover an entire opening, or they may simply serve as a protective barrier for the vehicle inside. A garage door is traditionally opened using a cable mechanism that operates from its top surface straight down through hardware mounted on the ceiling wall or floor. The cables are attached to pulleys which slide along tracks to create enough tension so that the door will open when you pull it up towards yourself.

Often there’s more than one set of cables in use at any given time, with them running parallel off each side edge of your garage door frame rather than being visible where they meet at the bottom like we see on some models. If you want to make sure that your garage door is in good operating condition, it’s worth taking a few minutes to look over each of its cables for any frays or other types of damage.

The first type of problem we'll cover in this article is one caused by the cable coming off the pulley and getting bound up with itself at some point along the way.

A Step-By-Step Method For Removing The Garage Door Cable

Usually, this is an easy enough fix. All you'll need to do is remove the bottom roller from its track and locate the cable's last few feet of run on either side (the end will be near one or more pulleys). Locate any loops of wire that are caught up in other pieces of cable, then cut them free with a pair of scissors. You can also use some pliers to pull out as much slack as possible before snipping it off at the top piece where they're all tied together - which should mean less work for you later when reinstalling everything!

Once there's no excess coiled around anything else, grab hold of each end and start pulling back towards yourself until you've released all twists and tangles.

There are a few things you may need to replace, including the pulley or the cable itself (if it's stretched out and frayed). You can get help with this by reaching out to your garage door company for more information. We recommend giving these solutions an experiment before calling in an expert technician; they're simple enough that anyone should make them work. EM garage doors and gate service INC offers garage door services including garage door spring, garage door repair, extension spring, garage door opener and installation services with all the safety measures!

For most people, repairing their own garage door is no problem at all. All they'll have to do is remove one of the bottom rollers from its track on either side (the end will usually be near one or more pulleys), find any loops of wire caught up in other pieces of cable, then let it all hang loose.

Once you've released all broken cable, simply tie the end of your cable back onto one of its pulleys, then slide the bottom roller in place on whichever side you removed it from before covering up any exposed cables with a coat or two of paint to keep them tidy. You might need new rollers or other parts if that doesn't work; simply call your garage door company for more information!

Garage Door Cable Problems

If these solutions don't be working for you, we recommend calling an expert out at this point instead. Here are some common problems that may require professional help:

- The motor has been overworked by constant use – It's important not to let your garage door stay open for extended periods of time when the weather's not favorable.

- The cables are too old and need to be replaced – If your cable is older than five years, it may have begun to fray or break apart in several places. You can find a full list of replacement parts on this site

- Broken springs – Springs go from being flexible up into their place at either side of the track as they age, but if you stop hearing that classic "zing" sound after opening and closing your doors over an extended period, then chances are those springs might be broken!

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