Garage door cables work in conjunction with the springs to lift the entire weight of the garage door.
Whether a homeowner should attempt to repair a broken garage door cable depends on several factors, including their comfort level with DIY repairs, their understanding of garage door mechanisms, and the tools they have available. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:
1. Safety Concerns:
- Garage doors are heavy and are under a lot of tension due to the springs. Some garage doors weigh up to 400 pounds so a misstep can result in injury.
- The cable itself is also under tension, and if not handled properly, it can whip out and cause injury.
- Incorrectly repairing the cable could lead to an unstable or unsafe door, risking potential future injury or damage.
2. Knowledge and Experience:
- If a homeowner has never dealt with garage door repairs before, they might be unaware of the intricacies and potential pitfalls.
- Some knowledge of mechanical systems is beneficial.
3. Necessary Tools:
- Specific tools may be needed to safely replace or adjust the cable.
- Without the correct tools, the repair might be more difficult or dangerous.
4. Time Commitment:
- If done for the first time, the repair might take longer than anticipated.
- There’s also the potential need to pause and seek out additional resources or guidance.
5. Cost Savings vs. Professional Repair:
- While doing it yourself might save money upfront, if the repair is not done correctly, it could lead to more expensive repairs down the road.
- A professional might offer a warranty on their work.
6. Identification of the Problem:
- A broken cable might be a symptom of another underlying issue (e.g., misaligned tracks, worn pulleys, or a broken spring). If you replace just the cable without addressing the root cause, the problem might reoccur.
7. Professional Diagnosis:
- Even if you decide to repair the door yourself, getting a professional opinion on what’s wrong can be invaluable. They might point out issues you hadn’t considered.
If you’re confident in your skills, have the necessary tools, and have done thorough research or have prior experience, you might choose to repair the cable yourself.
However, given the safety risks and the potential complexity of the job, many homeowners find it’s worth the peace of mind to hire a professional to handle garage door repairs. Always prioritize safety above all else.
If you aren’t sure of what you are doing, don’t try to repair a broken cable…. call a professional garage door technician.
It is still cheaper and less painful than a trip to the emergency room.
If you need help, give us a call at (513) 821-5095.