If you're like most people, you probably don't think much about your garage door or its components as long as they're working properly. However, it's important to inspect your garage door regularly for problems. Then, you can have these problems tended to before they pose a safety issue for you and your family.
One problem that a lot of people don't think about is a broken garage door cable. Unfortunately, this issue can happen at any time and will require a professional, like All Seasons Garage Door, to come out and replace it. These are a few signs that your garage door cable might fail soon.
One of the main causes of a failed garage door cable is rust. Unfortunately, no matter how well you might take care of your garage door and its components, rust is something that can occur naturally over time. While inside your garage door and with the garage door closed, inspect the cable. If you see signs of rust, adding a little bit of lubricant can help in the meantime. However, you will need to have it inspected and replaced soon; otherwise, the rust could cause it to break in half at any moment.
2. Fraying or Separating
In some cases, garage door cables can fail due to fraying or separating--even if there is no rust present. If you see that the cable is appearing to "split" and has small pieces sticking out of it, then you shouldn't ignore the problem. Sometimes, separating cables are hard to see, so take your hand and run it lightly across until you feel deviations. If you feel any unevenness, then it's probably only a matter of time before it breaks.
3. Rubbing Sound
When pulling into your garage, it's a good idea to turn your radio down and listen to your garage door every now and then when it's opening and closing. This can clue you in to potential problems with your garage door. One sound to listen for is the sound of something "rubbing" or "scrubbing" against metal. This rubbing is often the cause of a split, rusty, or broken garage door cable, so if you hear it, then you will probably need to hire a qualified garage door professional to find the source of the problem.
A failed garage door cable can be extremely dangerous. If you notice any of these three signs, now is the time to call a professional to come out and take a look.Share
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