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Snapped garage door cable? This will likely result in a trip to the hardware shop and a large repair bill. You’ll also be dealing with headaches if you have to order a cable that isn’t in stock. We are available to assist you.

What do Garage Door Cables Do?

The garage is home to more than meets the eye. Garage door cables balance the garage door when it is opened and closed. The cable runs through the pulley on the top of your garage door. The cable’s other end connects to the spring at an angle. It pulls up against the door when it is released. As the garage door opens fully, the spring takes control and releases tension.

What Can A Garage Door Cable Snap For?

The cables that support the garage door’s hundreds of pounds of weight can wear down over time. A badly adjusted garage door cable could snap or even break completely. A pulley that is worn, thermal stress, fluctuation, corrosion, and other causes can also be a reason.

Your garage door cable is made of steel but it can also be elastic. It is flexible and can stretch over time, but it won’t easily break. Snapping is unlikely if you take care of your cables. It can still happen, even if you aren’t keeping up with inspections or running the cables slightly longer than your garage door.

What are the Signs of a snapped garage door cable?

A snapped garage door cable can be identified by the following signs:

  • The door gets stuck in one position
  • The garage door moving up and down makes loud noises
  • Uneven door movement during opening or closing

Call a professional Pretoria garage door company immediately if you suspect that your garage door cable is frayed. Broken cables can cause injury or death and you should not use your garage door.

Can I open my garage door with a broken cable?

It is possible to open your garage door if the cables break, but it is not recommended. If you have to open your garage door for an emergency, follow these steps:

  • Use the emergency release cord to disconnect your garage door opener
  • To manually open the door, use the handle at its bottom
  • Use a clamp or vice grip to hold the door in place.

Attention! Your garage door is very heavy and can be damaged or injured by negligent handling. You and others nearby can be seriously injured if the cable breaks. It is better to be safe than sorry. Call a professional Pretoria garage door company immediately.

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