One of the most important parts of a garage door system is the cable.
It primarily assists in the opening and closing of the mechanical door, in conjunction with the springs.
This component, however, is subjected to a variety of harmful elements on a daily basis.
That is why it is critical to perform regular maintenance checks on your hardware to keep it in good working condition.
So, if your cables snap and you’re wondering how to install garage door cables, consult our how-to guide.
Leave technical repairs to the experts in San Jose for more dependable repairs and installations of overhead door parts.
Can I Replace the Overhead Door Cables?
There is no doubt that some people with the necessary skills and experience can install the cables.
However, keep in mind, that the cable still has a significant amount of tension that can cause injury.
So, before you begin working, always keep your safety in mind.
The next best thing you can do is ensure that you have everything you need in your workplace.
Gather all of your supplies in one location, then prepare the following safety equipment and tools.
- Protective eyewear
- Vice grip
- Winding bars
- New cables
Double-Check Your Hardware for Replacement
When replacing the cable, make sure to double-check the cable’s technical specifications.
These specifications include the door panel’s type, size, and weight.
This is due to the fact that the size of the cable required is determined by the type of garage door.
If you’re unsure how to measure your cable, bring it with you when you go to buy a new replacement.
How to remove worn-out overhead door cable?
If you’re doing a DIY cable installation, you can remove your old garage door cable by following these instructions.
- Disconnect or unplug the door from the opening device
- Open the overhead door panel
- Secure or lock in place using a vice grip
- Next, loosen the screws in the garage door’s center
- Using a wrench, loosen the screws on the cable drum, then remove the cables from it
- Using a socket and ratchet, detach the lag screw near the bottom of your garage door
- Then finally, pull the broken or worn-out cable out of the bracket
Replacing the worn-out with new overhead door cables
- After removing the old garage door cable, install the new one on the bottom bracket.
- Then, carefully pull it up to the cable drum at the top of the door on both sides.
- Place and assemble the cable correctly in the slot of the cable drum.
- Make sure that it does not overlap.
- Wind the new cable around the drum, then slide it into the bearing plate.
- Tighten the cable and the set screws, but not too much.
- While the vice grip is locked on the winding rod, use the winding bars to tighten the springs.
- After you’ve set the tension, you can remove the locking pliers and finish the job.
Functionality test of the newly replaced unit
Double-check the functionality after installation to ensure the cables are properly installed.
But first, ensure that the opening device is properly connected to your hardware.
A click will be heard twice, indicating that the component is in the proper position.
Then, remotely open and close your mechanical door to reactivate it.
Prompt the door panel to open and close a few times while performing the functionality test.
If you notice any unusual sounds or functionality, do not hesitate to contact a reputable service provider.
Aside from dependable repairs, you are assured of your safety.
Installation of springs or cables is not for everybody.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a professional technician do the service for you.
Doing the repairs yourself is likely putting yourself in danger.
Aside from potential dangers, if the installation is not done right, you’re going to repeat the process.
So, if your springs are frayed and need to be replaced, don’t attempt to replace them yourself.
But, if you’re in a hurry to get the hardware back up and running, call us immediately.
Need Help to Replace Your Overhead Door Springs and Cables?
Do you need assistance on how to install garage door cables?
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Give us a call and we’ll dispatch a team to your location right away!