Palms Garage Doors got a call from a homeowner in Danville, CA, asking us to help them with garage door alignment. Unfortunately, one of the lifting cables on their door snapped, causing the door to become crooked and unbalanced on its tracks. Our technicians quickly responded and replaced the cables with high-quality ones in no time. After ensuring that the door was balanced and working correctly and that we did proper maintenance, we closed out the ticket with a simple message on appropriate garage door maintenance.
Automatic garage doors are the ultimate convenience, allowing you to drive into the garage and close the door behind you at the push of a button. Garage door cables are one of the components that help open and close the door. Unfortunately, these cables may wear, fray, or snap over time due to heavy use or exposure to the elements—leaving your door unable to operate as intended.
What Happens if a Garage Door Cable Breaks?
Several factors could cause garage door cables to fail. For instance, if the cables are not wound correctly around the drum, the door may become stuck. Furthermore, if the pulleys wear out, the door may become jammed or droop on one side. The pulleys may need to be replaced if this happens.
Faulty garage door cables can snap anytime, causing the door to close unexpectedly. The garage door collapsing could cause significant damage to a vehicle in the door’s way. Defective garage door cables also increase the likelihood of the garage door hurtling down to the floor. When this happens, it may cause damage to the cement and the garage door itself.
Faulty garage door cables are an accident just waiting to happen. However, having children, pets, or valuables near a door with failing cables can be hazardous. Experts at Palms Garage Doors strongly advise installing cables with warranties and regularly checking your garage door cables for problems or malfunctions.
Can I Open the Garage Door with a Broken Cable?
You may want to know if you can still open your garage door if your garage door cable has snapped. The answer is it depends. If the spring is still intact and the other cables are not compromised, you may be able to open the door manually. If your garage door is stuck open due to a broken cable, carefully lower the door. In extreme cases, cutting the undamaged cable may be necessary to allow the door to lower until someone from a garage door company like Palms Garage Doors can inspect it.
When attempting this, use extreme caution and ensure that several people are present to assist with slowly and carefully lowering the door once the cable is cut. It will cause significant damage to the bearing plates, springs, and door panels if not done correctly. In addition, opening the door will be extremely difficult if the spring is damaged. Whatever the case is, it is best to contact a professional to resolve the issue.
Palms Garage Doors offers a full range of garage door services to keep your home and business safe and secure. From off-track garage door cable alignment to garage door spring replacement, our team is here to help. With years of industry experience, we know what it takes to get your garage door to work again. We provide a wide range of garage door products and services, and you can always trust that we will complete the job correctly. In addition, we are proud to offer same-day service in the Greater Bay Area, so call us today at (833) 833-3361 for more information.