March 4, 2014

Garage Door Cables And Tracks

Tracks, Cables, And Hardware

Garage doors can become unbalanced, leaving them slanted in the door opening, leading to problems with the cables, tracks and rollers. Cables can become frayed and break. Call us at 678-714-7393, or contact us online for more information regarding repairs to your garage door's tracks or cables.

Garage Door Tracks

Everything rides on these. If your garage doors tracks are bent or damaged, it could be an accident waiting to happen. A garage door is probably the largest moving piece of machinery at your house. Making sure the tracks and other components are not damaged or showing serious wear and tear is imperative to making a garage door safe. There are a few things that can make a garage door come off the tracks, including the door hitting something while traveling, possibly damaging the tracks, door, and anything else in its path. It's not uncommon for a garage door to be stuck or wedged in the opening and the tracks, or even fall completely to the floor. Rollers can fall out a garage door's tracks when things are not working right, or when they're bent.

Garage Door Cables

While everything is riding on the tracks, all the force behind the door's spring system is riding on the cables. These steel cables can sometimes fray and break. Being a part of the counterbalance system,  making sure there is proper tension on the springs and therefore the cables, is necessary to safe operation of a garage door. You can visually inspect your own cables on your door. With the door in the down position, they located on either side of the door. They attach to the bottom of the door and go up to the drums, where they will wind up when the door is in the raised position. There should be no slack in the cables, or frayed strands. It's also common for our technicians to see visible wear and tear on the bottom brackets that the cables attach to. If the cables are loose or worn, it may be time for some maintenance.

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