While many components on your garage doors can help lift and lower the doors, the cables are one of the core components that help with your garage doors’ safe and proper operation. The cables are responsible for lifting and closing the garage door when you press the button on the garage door opener. Since the cables are intimately involved with opening and closing the door, you’ll need to have them replaced or repaired as soon as possible when you notice something is wrong, as the garage door can become dangerous if it does not work correctly. Contact us right away for garage door repair when you need help with the cables on your garage door.
What are Cables?
The cables on your garage door work hard behind the scenes to make sure your garage door opens and closes properly. The cables are one of the most hardworking components of your garage door, and when they break, your garage door can be negatively affected. The cables should work smoothly and quietly like a reliable motor. The cables also work hand-in-hand with the garage door springs, so if the cables break the springs will not be able to perform their job, either. If you suspect that the garage door cables are broken, it is best to contact a technician to take a look at your garage door, since the symptoms of broken springs and cables can be difficult to distinguish.
Types of Garage Door Cables
Every garage door has several kinds of cables that help it function. A garage door has lifting cables of several varieties. The lifting cables are attached to pulleys that help open the garage door. There is usually one cable for lifting on each side of the garage door. The cables work together to help properly raise and lower the door. If the cables break, they will fail to open or close the door, leading to dangerous consequences. The other kind of cables your garage door uses is safety cables. The safety cables help the lifting cables move the garage door safely and properly. The safety cables reach from the garage door’s frame through the extension spring to the screw hook that holds the extension spring in place. The safety cables are designed to keep the garage door from suddenly opening or closing quickly, which can cause serious injury or even death to people standing near the garage door. The safety cables should be kept in good working condition so that they do not cause problems when they are needed. If the power in your house goes out and you cannot use the garage door opener to open the garage door, you can still pull down on the emergency release cable to disconnect the garage door motor and open the door manually.
What Causes Cables to Break?
Your garage door’s cables can break or stop working for many reasons. No matter what causes the garage door’s cables to stop functioning correctly, they will slip off their drums, which causes a garage door malfunction. That can happen for a few different reasons, including a failure of the auto-reverse feature, improperly adjusted springs, and broken springs. The auto-reverse feature is a safety mechanism found on all contemporary garage doors. The feature works by shining a light across the door’s opening. If the light is interrupted, the feature will stop the garage door from moving. If the auto-reverse feature breaks, the garage door can continue moving even if an object is in its path.
If the springs are not calibrated correctly, the garage door does not open and close evenly. The cables are at a higher risk of breaking with improper or uneven tension. Springs that are not properly adjusted can cause the garage door to crash suddenly, much like a broken spring, and they can also cause the door to appear uneven. The door may also have trouble opening and closing.
The cables can become disconnected from their spools, derailing the garage door. The springs can also break, making the cables lose tension and allowing the door to crash down. If your garage door has two springs and one break, the door will appear lopsided, but it might not crash to the ground. If the garage door is older and only has one tension spring, a broken spring will cause the door to crash into the garage floor.
The cables are an essential part of your garage door’s function, and the cables play a critical role in helping the garage door operate safely and smoothly. If you think that there is something wrong with the springs on your garage door, contact us for Mission Viejo garage door repair. We can evaluate the garage door to determine if the cables are causing the underlying problem and fix or repair them if that is the case.