Your garage door’s cables are an important part of the overall system. The cables work alongside the torsion springs to lift and lower your garage door smoothly and safely. This process is something you probably never really notice until there is an issue.
Garage doors are incredibly heavy, so a counterbalance system is used to help them open and close more easily. Basically, a counterbalance system uses force to offset the weight of the door. There are two types of counterbalance systems that are typically used in garage doors, and both require the use of springs and cables.
The Torsion Spring System: This is the most common type of system. In this system, torsion springs are mounted above the door opening. When the door is lowered, the garage door cables cause the torsion springs to wind up. This process fills the springs with energy, and this energy is transferred to the door in order to help lift it.
The Extension Spring System: This type of system is not used as frequently. Overall, it uses a process that is quite similar to that of a torsion spring system, but with one key difference. In an extension spring system, the springs stretch as the door closes rather than being wound as they would in a torsion spring system.
When all of the components in the system are working correctly, your garage door is able to open and close without issue. However, if one component becomes damaged or fails, the entire system can stop functioning.
Garage door cables are manufactured to withstand a great deal of wear and tear, but eventually they do wear out. You should regularly inspect the cables to identify any issues before they become more serious. Here are just a few things to keep an eye out for:
Kinks or Frayed Sections: Over time, cables can become brittle and frayed. While a small fray might not seem serious, it can eventually lead to the cable unwinding or snapping.
Objects in Cable Pathways: Even if you don’t notice any damage to your cables, you should still examine the pathways. Remove any objects or debris that might come into contact with your cables and damage them.
Lack of Symmetry: When your door is operating, examine the cables on both sides. You’ll want to make sure the cables appear to be symmetrical, and that one side doesn’t seem to be especially tight or slack compared to the other.
If you suspect there might be an issue, it’s always best to consult with a professional. You will want to avoid continuing to operate a door with a damaged or broken cable, as doing so can cause additional damage to the entire system. In some cases, a garage door cable can come off of the drum that it winds around. While it may be tempting to continue using the door, since the cable is not broken, we recommend that you stop using the door until the cable has been properly reattached. A damaged garage door can be a major headache, but it’s always best to play it safe.
The systems that power your garage door use a large amount of force, which means that repairs can be dangerous without the proper tools and experience. We recommend contacting a professional garage door repair service rather than trying to tackle any repairs yourself. We offer same day, quality service completed by expert technicians who will get the job done right the first time.
Whatever your repair needs might be, we’re here to help. Our process is quick and easy! Call Bluff Country today at (612) 226-4721 to learn more about our agricultural door installation and repair services.