Find the Problem
Before fixing your garage door cables you need to find the problem that actually causing it. When your garage door is malfunctioning, the problem could be with the cables or with the operator. Cables problem can often be resolved while a problem with the operator will likely require a visit from a professional. Nevertheless, we will review common problems with garage door cables and will cover usefull tips about how to fix garage it.
1. Inspect the Tracks
Garage doors open and close by moving along the metal tracks on either side. To start your repairs, look at the metal tracks to determine is there is anything that could be preventing the door from moving smoothly. The brackets holding the tracks in place could be lose and can easily be tightened with a wrench. There may also be crimps in the metal that can be smoothed out with a rubber mallet. After inspecting the tracks, be sure that they are also clean and free of debris. Clean off the rollers that move down the tracks as well.
2. Test the Cables
To test the cables on your garage door, open the door completely and disconnected the automatic opener. Then, manually move the garage door. The door should move easily along the tracks on either side. If you find that the door is difficult to open and close manually, there is probably an issue with the cables.
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3. Get Cables Back on Track
An issue with the cables could be as simple as the cables slipping off of the pulley system. Start by opening your garage door partway, until it is a few feet from the ground. Hold it in place with vice grips attached to the track on each side. Get on a ladder to get close to the top of the door where you can inspect the pulley system. If the cable has slipped off of the pulley system, you can put them back in place. If this is the issue, be sure to check for wear and damage.
4. Replacing Cables
If you see signs of wear and damage when inspecting your garage door cables, they should be replaced. To do this, remove the old cables by taking them out of the brackets and loosening the bolts that are holding the wires in place along the pulley system. Buy new cables and put them in the place of the old cables, securing them in the brackets and tightening the bolts to hold the new cables in place.
Always test your cables in a final run to ensure that the problem has been resolved.
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