Although each cable is made of sturdy steel wire, one can break as the years go by. The average life expectancy of a garage door cable is between three to seven years. The variance depends on the number of times the doors are opened and closed. This is why some homeowners only open or close them when it is absolutely necessary.
When one garage door cable breaks, you can expect the other to break in a relatively short period of time. This is why you typically buy them in pairs. It just makes sense to replace them both at the same time, because the job is tedious and can be dangerous.
Since the springs are under high tension, it is important to view this task as hazardous. If you are unfamiliar with the tools of garage door cable broke, you are better off calling a professional from Fixxed Garage Doors for garage door cable repair.
The springs are dangerous when they break, too. Luckily, they usually break during the closing operation, rather than the opening. If someone is inside, there is a risk that the loose piece of cable will hit them. We at Fixxed Garage Doors, install safety mechanisms to help avoid that from happening.
If different techniques or latest methods are used to repair or to install garage door cables, garage door broken cable is removed before installing the new cable. There are special tools designed specifically for that purpose. The job involves cutting the spring or unwinding it.
Once the old springs are off of the shaft, you will need to wind the new garage door cables around it. This is accomplished using the winding cone. The cable must be wound in the correct direction. Otherwise, the springs will come loose of the cones.
Most professionals stretch the springs after the winding is completed to ensure that the shaft floats freely. We at Fixxed Garage Doors stretch and test the springs to be sure that the installation is done correctly.
We are the garage door experts. We have been installing garage doors for many years and are familiar with all of their internal workings, as well as all of the different brands in the market. The technology used in garage door openers has changed over the years. The style and materials used in garage doors have changed, as well. To learn more about specific components of your garage door opener or to see the latest garage door styles, visit us at Fixxed Garage Doors.