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30Mar 2020

How to Maintain Garage Door Cables

Garage door cables are a key garage door feature that must be carefully maintained and protected from regular repair. A few tips on how you can be maintained are provided by this article.

Garage Door Cables Repair

Tighten the hardware

A garage door is constantly on the move as it opens up and closes every day. This exposes the garage door cables to constant pressure and tension. The hardware of the door also loosens up and exerts additional pressure on the door and door cables. Tightening up these parts makes the door more stable and protects the cables much better.

Look and listen

Take your time whenever you use the garage door to observe carefully and listen to the door as it moves up and down. This way, you are able to listen to strange noises and even notice irregularities in the door motion. Does it operate silently? Are both sides of the cables symmetrical? Any irregularities noticed should be handled with care, and a professional technician should always be involved to repair or replace the garage door cables.

Test the balance

Ensuring that the garage door is properly balanced is one key step towards ensuring that the door cables will work optimally, and the door itself will operate more efficiently. The strain caused by the imbalance on springs and cables makes the general operation of the door less effective. If this happens, it should be left to a professional to rectify as attempting a self-repair may be dangerous.

Lubricate moving parts

Coat the overhead sprigs with lithium grease regularly to increase the lifetime of your garage door. This also helps to keep the garage door cables and other door integrals in good condition as there is no damage caused as a result of the poor operation from other door parts.

Constantly check the cables

Always check for broken strands and damages, especially near the bottom roller bracket. These damages will always occur as the door is in operation as may also be caused by neighboring parts, as already discussed in step five. However, self-repairs should never be tried as these cables are high tension and are very dangerous to handle without prior skills. In case of damages, a professional technician should be brought on board to assist with repairs or replacement.

Clear the tracks

Always check to ensure there are no foreign objects on the tracks. Debris and other objects will knock the garage door and expose it together with other components such as cables to damages. They may also warp or get misaligned, causing stress on the door cables. This way, you will identify and correct possible problems that may end up ruining your door cables and the general functionality of the garage door.

Groom the door

Always remember that your garage door is a very important home feature and makes up to one-third of the exterior of your house. Keep it fresh and clean! If you do not have time to do this regularly, call a garage door professional to schedule a fine-tuned service. This way, you’ll keep your garage door cables under check and thus keep them working effectively for longer.

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