The function of a cable inside the garage is to provide support in lifting the garage door.
The cables and the springs work together to lift hefty sectional panels.
Whenever you open the garage or lower the panels, the cables should wind tightly to avoid hanging doors.
Loose cables make the garage less safe.
Unadjusted cables are prone to breaking, and cycling along the cable drums makes these cables weaker.
If you don’t adjust the cables from time to time, you’ll end up with loose lengths that are one step to snapping off.
If you don’t know how to adjust garage door cables, you can follow some simple steps.
The adjustment improves the tension of the cables cycling around to carry the door panels.
Avoid unequal amounts of tension in the cable so that you won’t experience accidents in the garage.
Steps to adjust cables
You can start with the cable adjustment by assessing your garage.
If you see broken cables on the ground, contact us for urgent repairs.
Here at Long Beach Garage Door Repair, we attend to emergencies such as snapping cables.
If you’re only looking to adjust undamaged cables, this is how to adjust garage door cables.
Step 1: Disengage the door from the opener
Pull the emergency release cord to disengage the door from the opener.
This move allows you to open the garage manually.
Lift the door panels along the tracks.
Secure the bottom-most panel with a c-clamp.
Step 2: Trace the cables in the mechanism
Every cable length has two ends that are attached to different parts of the mechanism.
One end is at the bottom-most part of the panel, along with the roller.
The other end is on top of the frame, attached with a bracket, or connected to the tension spring.
In the middle, the cable drum winds the cable as the door panels move up or down the tracks.
Step 3: Cable drum adjustment
Take out the drum, which is on top of the frame.
Unwind the cable that is currently around the cable drum.
Now, rewind and align it properly around the cable drum.
Avoid misaligning the cable or forming knots, as this loosens the cable that travels around whenever you open or close the garage.
Step 4: Bracket adjustment
Put back the cable drum in its position.
Now, adjust the remaining cable length that leads to the bracket.
Loosen the hold of the cable within the bracket and pull it through the hole to increase tightness.
If the problem is the bracket itself, reposition it within the frame to a newer slot, so it readjusts the cable tension in its new position.
Step 5: Repeat on the other side
Check your work on one side.
Do the same steps to the other side of the tracks.
Make sure there aren’t significantly long lengths that are present from both ends of the cable.
If there are, cut off the ends using a cable cutter.
Step 6: Test the tension adjustment
Once you ensure the tension of the cable lengths, test your work.
Reengage the opener to the top-most panel of the door.
Open the garage automatically using the wall switch or remote control device.
There shouldn’t be any hanging panels or uneven sides in the movement.
Emergency cable adjustment
When you’re in the middle of an emergency, you need to get urgent help from professionals.
Don’t worry, as we offer you our urgent services.
We know that emergencies can happen, e.g., The cable snapped or the garage door suddenly hangs in the middle of traveling, so give us a call.
We will be with you shortly to offer the adjustment or repair you need.
Contact us at Long Beach Garage Door Repair
Our team has garage door repairs in Long Beach to help you replace your cable if they snap or break.
Professional technicians also offer garage door installations in Long Beach if you decide that it’s time to have a new model of doors in your garage.
Whatever you do, we are here to give you services backed up with years of experience in services.
We are always with you all the time.
Contact us for your garage needs, and we will be with you.