How to Take Care of Garage Door Cables and Tracks
Routine maintenance of various parts of your garage door is likely to mean that from time to time, you'll need to take care of the garage door cables and tracks. These components are integral to the doors function, ensuring that it opens smoothly and that nothing is restricting movement while opening and closing. Things such as snapped or loose cables, bent tracks or cables that have worked free from the drum can all rise problems with the operation of your garage door. If you have any problems with taking care of these issues, our experts will be able to help you with the repairs, or advise you on any safety issues with fixing your garage door.
If you find that the cable in your door has snapped, it is probably best to call a professional to repair it. The cable is a safety feature that is attached to the door to ensure that high tension springs on the door do not recoil and injure anyone if they break. Replacing a snapped cable means releasing these high tension springs - and if this is not done absolutely correctly, these springs are potentially fatal (hence this safety feature). An expert from our garage door cable tracks Seattle company can carry out this repair safely to avoid a 'worst case scenario'.
When you have a cable loose, it requires much the same attention as a snapped cable. Tightening the cable is likely to require the releasing of the torsion springs, which is a risky procedure if you don't have the right tools and the correct knowledge of what steps to take.
Cable off the drum or broken cable
As with the above problems, consulting our experts in Seattle is your best option. If you have extensive experience working with high tension springs and feel you have the know how, then it is possible to clamp the door, release the spring tension, move or replace the cable, reattach springs and so on. If you have any doubts and you're not 100% certain that you know what to do, then contact a professional to ensure that you protect your safety and that of your family.
Replace garage track
Primarily you will need a replacement track, which can be ordered from a manufacturer. Installing any components that require removal of springs needs to be done with care, and replacing a garage door track is not different. Depending upon the door type and the location of high tension, torsion springs; you may be able to replace the track without having to release the tension. If you have to do this, however, it is always best to consult a professional. Garage door hinges and rollers need to be removed, then the springs must be released in order to remove the old track; the new track can be installed and finally the rollers must be reset and lubricated. Each of these steps should be carried out carefully following manufacturer instructions; if you are not certain, then our professional in garage door cables and tracks in Seattle, WA, can help you to undertake repairs without compromising safety or voiding any manufacturer warranties.
Repair bent garage door track
If the garage door track is bent with only a small amount of damage, then it may be possible to simply hammer the bent areas back into place. If there are more serious problems, then the alternative is to undertake repairs in much the same way as replacing a track. That means removing the bent section and replacing it, which could require the same steps as replacing a track. If in doubt, seek advice from our experts in garage door cables and tracks in Seattle, WA.
Garage door repairs can be undertaken successfully if you are an enthusiastic DIY, but the safety of yourself and your family should always be foremost in mind. If you're repairing cables that are enclosed by high tension springs and you're not completely confident of the correct procedure, then you will need to get help from our experts in garage door cables and tracks in Seattle, WA, in order to prevent any dangerous accidents.