How Often Should You Replace Garage Door Cables?

If your garage door is having trouble opening and closing—or if it won’t open or close at all—there are a few issues that may be causing this. One problem that can lead to a garage door having trouble opening or closing is a damaged garage door cable.

How Often Should You Replace Garage Door Cables?

While garage door cables can last a while, they don’t last forever. Depending on the amount of use and other factors, you should expect your garage door cables to last around 8-15 years. With that said, you can increase their overall longevity by performing regular maintenance.

Over time, the cable will fall apart due to normal wear and tear. They may also be damaged by issues like improper track alignment. If any part of your garage door is damaged, it’s important to have it repaired not only for the part itself but also for the garage door system as a whole.

Once you notice damage to your garage door cable, it’s important to have it repaired quickly. For fast and professional service, contact BH Garage Doors. We’ll send out a tech to expertly repair your garage door and replace the cable.

The Cost of Replacing a Garage Door Cable

The cost of replacing a garage door cable will vary. With that said, the part itself may be as low as $10 to $20. While this sounds cheap, it’s important to keep in mind the time it will take and how risky it can be if you are not an expert in garage door repair. If you are not handy with tools at all, it’s probably best to avoid trying to replace the cable yourself. You risk damaging the garage door system further or even hurting yourself.

Along with the risks involved with replacing a garage door cable on your own, there is also the time it will take. You will need to learn how to replace the cable and get the job done. You also have to go out and get the part. This can take hours.

Instead, you can hire BH Garage Doors to handle the issue for you. While the cost will be higher than just the part, you can rest assured the cable will be replaced professionally. This saves you time, energy, and potentially money (as you may further damage the garage door system).

How Do I Lift My Garage Door with a Broken Cable?

It is highly recommended that you don’t try to open or close your garage door if the cable is broken. With that said, if you absolutely must lift your garage door with a broken cable, consider the steps below: 

·   Check your springs to ensure they work.

·   Find your emergency cord. It is generally red or at least has a red handle. If it’s not red, look for a cord that is hanging, as this is likely the emergency cord. Don’t pull the cord unless your garage door is closed.

·   If the door is closed, pull the emergency cord. From there, you should be able to open the door without having to use your garage door opener.

·   With the help of a friend, pry open the door (using a crowbar) and open the door fully. Be very careful and watch your fingers and toes.

Why Choose BH Garage Doors?

Once you’ve made the decision to hire a professional garage door repair company to replace your cable, you’ll need to choose the right company to perform the repair. That company is BH Garage Doors. Here’s why…

Professional and Knowledgeable Techs

We work with only the best garage door repair techs in the industry. When you choose BH Garage Doors, you can rest assured that your cable will be replaced by someone that regularly replaces cables and knows what they are doing.

Affordable Flat-Rate Pricing with NO Hidden Fees

No one likes getting hit with hidden fees! We offer affordable, flat-rate pricing with absolutely no hidden fees.

Free of Charge Estimates Anytime

Our estimates are free of charge. We’ll help you to diagnose the issue and provide you with an estimate of what it will cost to repair.

2,000+ Garage Doors and Openers Available

What better time than now to upgrade your garage door or opener? BH Garage Doors offers over 2,000 garage doors and openers. We’ll help you to find the perfect door or opener for your home and expertly install it.

Emergency Service and Repairs on All Brand Names

Are you having a service emergency? Let us know. We provide emergency services—sometimes even same-day!

Reach Out to BH Garage Doors for Repairs Today!

If you have a cable that needs to be replaced or you aren’t sure why your door isn’t opening and closing, reach out to BH Garage Doors. We will expertly repair your garage in no time!