When To Get Them Replaced & Why They're Important
Your garage door’s cables and springs play an important role in helping the door open and close. Which protects you in the process. More often than not, when your garage door needs repairing, it either has to do with the sensor, springs, or cables. A broken sensor is more frustrating than anything, but when cable and spring repairs need to be made, it can be a serious hazard.
The tension cables and springs on your garage door are crucial to your overhead door system. They’re two of the most important safety mechanisms in the whole system. Garage cables and springs work together to ensure the garage door can open and close effortlessly. The cables run through the torsion springs and hold the door’s weight while the springs do the lifting. The cables also ensure that the door doesn’t give out completely if the springs snap. Without either of these components, the overhead door could cause a fatal incident.
If your garage door springs or cables seem problematic, contact an overhead doors service provider to get them fixed or have maintenance done on them right away. It’s always good to inspect these components regularly.
When the springs on your garage are ware out enough, they snap. This causes a lot of force to unevenly distribute to the wrong areas of the door. You don’t want your garage door left hanging mid-air – it will force more tension on one side of the door. This could cause it to come crashing down on you or your vehicle.
The cables are here to stop this from happening. If the garage door cable also wears out, it will compromise your fail-safe. Both options are bad news when you could’ve called for emergency maintenance repair to get it fixed.
Not All Issues Require The Same Servicing
Though not every cable issue requires a replacement, sometimes the cable drum slips off or hasn’t been adequately maintained, which can weaken the cables quite a bit. Even if the cable isn’t broken, it should be tended to as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
How-To Guide: Cables & Springs
Step 1: Release The Tension
The first step in cable and spring repair is releasing the tension from the cables. You will have to turn off the garage door opener.
Tip: You don’t want the door falling while you’re working on it. So, you have to clamp the door on both sides to make sure it’s secure. Using either locking pliers or a C-clamp, place them on the track’s sides just above one of the rollers so the door won’t come crashing down.
Step 2: Unhook The Springs
Next, you will unhook the springs and remove the faulty cable from them. Make sure you loosen the tension all the way. Otherwise, when you start removing the springs, serious injury could occur. It is best to remove the springs with a proper set of winding bars. You can purchase them from most online suppliers or your local hardware store.
When removing or attaching the springs, stay off to the side. Never position yourself directly in front when unwinding and winding. Just in case the spring pops off, you do not want to get hit. To remove the springs, you’ll need to remove the cable drum. To do so, start on the left, slide the torsion tube and move it to the right. Then, slide the drum off, making it accessible to remove the spring.
Step 3: Replace With New Cables & Springs
Always measure the springs’ inner diameter to make sure you’ve purchased the correct size replacement. Now that the old cables and springs are off, you will want to install the new cables. Followed by hooking the springs back into place. Use your winding tool again to get the springs back into place and wound tightly. Make sure to reattach carefully. If you don’t hook the springs in well, the door could come crashing down.
Next, feed the cables through the drum and rewind the cables up into place. Pull them as tight as possible to ensure there is no slack. You are going to want to get equal tension on both sides, so the door opens evenly.
Step 4: Test It
Once everything is back in place, you can test the garage door. Checking the tension springs and cables, remove the clamps and make sure the door stays in place. This is an excellent first sign. If the door falls when you remove the clamps tighten the springs a good quarter turn and vice versa if the door starts lifting on its own.
Once the door stays still after the clamps are removed, you can reconnect the opener and give it a test run. It should be smooth opening from here.
For Professional Help
Most garage repairs can be quite technical and are best done by a professional overhead door company. However, if you are good with tools and fancy yourself a handyman doing it yourself is an option. For those of you who aren’t confident enough to tackle cable and spring repair, and replacements, A1 Overhead Doors can be ready for business, with 24/7 emergency repair and expertise to get the job done right. Whatever the situation, a trained garage door service technician can give you peace of mind that the problem will be handled with care.