Rusty Garage Door Cable Repair in St. Paul MN
- Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:09
Getting 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:
- 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.
Broken Garage Door Cable Hugo, MN
- Friday, 29 April 2016 10:09
There is nothing worse than waking up and getting ready for a busy day when SNAP! Your Garage Door Cable Breaks… Now your door is likely crooked, possibly hanging out of the tracks. There go all your plans you had made for the day right? This was recently the case for one of our Hugo, MN customers. Our customer called assuming their plans for the day were not going to happen, but we were able to rush out repair the garage door same day! The door was in need of a lot of work, we replaced the cables, bottom brackets, rollers and bent track and it now runs better than ever. The homeowner was also able to go about the day and resume the plans they had made. Not every problem has ruin the day, especially if you have a company that has your back!
Are Garage Door Cables Dangerous?
As most people know Garage Door Repair is not typically a DIY project. This is most certainly the case when it comes to Garage Door Cables. The cables are constantly under immense tension from the Torsion Spring System. With hundreds of pounds of torque, serious injury or even death can occur without the proper tools, and training. When a cable breaks the garage door often times goes crooked, we recommend you do not try to run the Garage Door Opener. This will only cause further damage to the door or opener which in turn will up your repair costs. Here are the most common reasons for a cable to break:
- Rust or Corrosion: Rust is the number one reason why cables break, slowly but surely rust will eat away the threads of the cables until they can no longer support the weight of the garage door.
- Fraying: Cables can also fray, this is less common but still happens quite regularly. It is important to check cables often.
- Broken Spring: A broken spring can also lead to a broken cable, when a spring breaks the weight of the garage door is often increased which causes more weight to rest on the cables.
Whatever the cause don’t let a broken cable ruin your day, be sure to call the experts at Garage Door Repair Company. We always offer Same Day Service, and our trucks come fully stocked to handle any problem you may have. To schedule simply fill out our online appointment form or call 612-886-9606.
Rusty Garage Door Wayzata, MN
- Thursday, 07 April 2016 13:38
Minnesota winters can take quite a toll on garage doors, not only the cold weather but the amount of moisture and salt that gets on garage door components. Often times there is a low spot in the garage where water will pool. This is often on one side of the garage door, when moisture builds up and the garage door sits in it, rust typically will occur. This was the case for one of our customers in Wayzata, MN. Not only did the homeowner have a Broken Garage Door Spring, he also had a lot of rust that worked its way onto the bottom brackets & cables. The rust was eating through the bottom bracket and cable, if the spring hadn’t broken we would most assuredly have been out for a broken cable. Luckily we were able to get the Springs, Cables, and Bottom Brackets all repaired same day. The garage door is running better than ever, and our Wayzata customer couldn’t be more pleased.
Garage Door Maintenance
The Garage Door is the largest moving mechanical object in the home, and as such should be treated with regular maintenance. There are many moving parts on a garage door that should be checked/lubricated often. Here are some pointers to maintain a smooth operating garage door:
- Lubrication of all moving parts: Springs, Rollers, End Bearings, Opener, Center Bearing, Hinges
- Spring tension check: The door should stay up when fully open, should be able to stop half way up and balance, and should not weigh in excess of 5-10lbs at the bottom
- Safety sensor check: Every Garage Door Opener should now have safety sensors, they should be between 4”-6” from the floor, typically mounted on the track
- Opener Forces: Stick a 2×4 under the garage door, when your door closes if it does not auto reverse off the 2×4 your forces are too high. This could cause serious injury. Recommended forces settings are typically between 3-6
We highly recommend calling a professional for any Garage Door Repair concerns. Garage doors can be very dangerous if inexperienced or without proper tools and safety training. For all your garage door repair or replacement needs call the experts at Garage Door Repair Company. We always offer free onsite estimates to our Wayzata customers. Scheduling couldn’t be easier with our online appointment form or call 612-886-9606 today!