Category Archives: Rusty Garage Door Cables

Tune up and Safety Inspection in Coon Rapids, MN

Rusty Cable & BracketWe have gotten past the Holidays, moved in to the new year of 2017, and just like that it is already almost the end of January.  Next thing you know it will be summer and you might start looking at your Garage Door more and more as the sun starts to come out and we spend more time outdoors. However at Garage Door Repair Company we believe you should always be thinking of your Garage Door whether it is cold or warm. It is the largest moving mechanical object in your home and you want to make sure it is functioning properly and safely year round. That is why we offer Tune Up and Safety Inspections to make sure your door is working and also let you know if there are any concerns you as a customer should know about so we can perform some preventative maintenance.

Customer in Coon Rapids

In Coon Rapids, MN we had a customer call us out to perform a Tune Up and Safety Inspection on their Garage Door and we were able to identify that the Garage Door Opener was not up to Minnesota State Code. It was missing the safety eyes that use and auto-reverse feature if a child or car was to go under the door as it was closing. The opener was also manufactured in 1992 so it was over twenty years old and that code did not go in to effect until the mid-nineties. We were able to offer the customer replacement options and install a brand new LiftMaster Professional Garage Door Opener to ensure safety for their property and family.

Benefits of a Tune and Safety Inspection

We were able to greatly help our customer in Coon Rapids because we perform an inspection on everything involved with the Garage Door. This also includes the Garage Door Opener and all safety features; here are some of the work we will do with a Tune Up and Safety Inspection:

  • Identify Any Rust
  • Identify Cables that may be unwinding and will break soon
  • Balance Torsion Springs
  • Check for worn or plastic rollers
  • Check Limits and Forces on Opener
  • Make sure all safety features are working
  • Make Recommendations for Preventative Maintenance
  • Lubricate all moving parts

At Garage Door Repair Company all of our technicians are full trained to handle any and all repairs you may need whether it is just a Tune Up and Safety Inspection or and Emergency Repair. To schedule any appointments check out our contact page or call 612-886-9606.

Broken Garage Door Cable Repair in Maplewood, MN

bent and broken

The Garage Door is one of the things that should work the same way every day; you push the button on the remote control and the Garage Door Opener turns on and the door begins to open. You pull your car in the Garage and push the wall button and the door begins to close. This process happens more often in the day than most people realize and eventually something will break down. With such a large moving piece of equipment there are a lot of different moving parts and many of these things have a lot of strong tension on them. If you go to push the button on your remote and the door starts going up and suddenly something snaps and the door goes crooked you may have just had a Garage Door Cable break.

Dangers of Do-it-Yourself Garage Door Repairs

In Maplewood, MN we had a customer that had their Garage Door Cable Break in the morning when they were on the way to drop their kids off at day care. Often times this is a very inconvenient problem because you can never predict when a cable is going to break but unfortunately it is one of those things that will eventually break. This is where it is important to have a professional handle the repair because of the amount of tension that is put on these cables and if one snaps or pops off within the vicinity of any body parts it can actually cut in to your skin. For the customer in Maplewood, MN we were able to arrive at their residence on the same day within only a few hours and make the repair. Don’t let a Broken Garage Door Cable stop your day and make sure you call Garage Door Repair Company for guaranteed Same Day Service.

Causes of Broken Garage Door Cables

There are a few different ways you can avoid the inconvenience of a Broken Garage Door Cable. Maintaining the door, lubricating moving parts, or even having it replaced every few years. We also do have some thicker gauge cables that can be used to last longer than the standard cables. Here are a few other things that can be checked and maintained to avoid Garage Door Cables snapping:

  • Check your Bottom Brackets for Rust
  • Check your Bottom Seal for wear and tear or leaks
  • Make Sure your Aluminum Retainer isn’t Bent or Broken
  • Inspect where the Cables are attached to the Brackets
  • Lubrication of all moving parts

Whether it is your Garage Door Cable that breaks or any other repair that is needed trust the experts at Garage Door Repair Company with all your Garage Door needs. Call 612-886-9606 or visit our Contact Page to fill out one of our website appointment forms today!

Broken Cable in Bloomington, MN

blog pic 1The Garage Door is often times considered a luxury of life that not many of us are really thinking about, of course, until the Garage Door breaks down. There are many different problems that can occur with the Garage Door but one of the more difficult repairs is when a broken cable happens to your Garage Door. This often times will happen when the door is opening or closing and because of the weight of the door being supported by the Torsion Springs the door will end up going crooked and jamming completely. In Bloomington, MN we were out servicing a customer for some new bottom seal and new precision bearing rollers but while we were inspecting the entire Garage Door we found that their cable was down to only a few steel threads and was about to snap at any moment. We were able to replace their cables before they broke which can cause even more damage and costs.

Don’t Wait Until it Breaks

It is always a good recommendation to have your Garage Door inspected at least once per year for any damages, safety concerns, or just a good old fashioned tune-up. Especially living in Bloomington, MN or any other area of Minnesota we know the harsh conditions we can go through with the weather; the hot humid summers and the brittle cold winters can really take a toll on your Garage Door and your cables. If a Broken Cable occurs with your Garage Door it can cause a lot more problems than just the repair and replacement of your Broken Cables which is why we always say don’t wait until it breaks and get your Garage Door inspected yearly.

Other Problems a Broken Cable Can Cause

When a Garage Door Cable snaps there are many other concerns that need to be looked at and possibly repaired, here are a few of those concerns:

  • Crooked Door Causing Bent Panels
  • Bending and Twisting of the Track System
  • Roller Heads Popping Off
  • Broken Bottom Brackets
  • Broken Hinges
  • Bending or Breaking of the Rail
  • The Entire Door Falling out of the tracks and possibly damaging vehicles inside the Garage
  • The Door Could Fold in on Itself

These are just some of the concerns that can happen and when this does happen it can end up being very costly. If you have your Garage Door properly maintained you can often times avoid these kinds of emergencies. Check out our customer reviews just to see what kind of service you are guaranteed to receive. Get your peace of mind and always have the experts at Garage Door Repair Company inspect and maintain your Cables and any other Garage Door concerns in Bloomington, MN and the entire Twin Cities area.

Rusty Garage Door Cable Repair in St. Paul MN

Rusty Cable & BracketGetting your Garage Door Serviced regularly is probably the last thing on your mind. However it is very important to have this done at least once every year to ensure safe and proper operation. Recently in St. Paul MN we were out on a standard Garage Door Tune Up & Safety Inspection. While checking the entire door it was quite evident that the cables were very close to snapping. This was caused by the heavy amount of rust located in the corner of the garage door. Our technician was able to replace all the rusted components to ensure the customer did not have a cable snap. By replacing the cable before it breaks you are saving not only your time but money. When a cable breaks the entire door goes crooked and can in some cases come out of the tracks. So replacing it before it breaks you reduce the amount of damage done, as well as time to repair the door. We ended up replacing not only the Garage Door Cable but also the brackets and rollers. Now the Garage Door is running better than ever and the customer can rest assured it will not break anytime soon!

Do I Need to Replace Both Cables if Only one is Rusty?

This is a very common question asked when it comes to cable replacement. The answer is yes, both cables should be replaced at the same time. Here is a few reasons why:New Cable & Bracket

  • Cost: The difference in cost to replace a single cable versus both is not much. This is due to the fact that the technician will likely have to do just as much work weather you replace both or just one. So you’re really not making their job any easier.
  • Wear & Tear: Just because the cable does not have rust on it does not mean it’s still as strong as a new cable. The cable has gone through thousands of cycles and is getting worn down.
  • Size of the cable: Many companies use different lengths and braid diameter on cables, so it is very important both sides match for length and diameter.

Garage Door Cables are one of the most common repairs we run into. It is important to check your cables for fraying and rust often. If you notice either of these issues you should call immediately. Not only will you save yourself from a potential disaster but you will also save money. To schedule an appointment simply call 612-886-9606.