What Happens When a Garage Door Cable Breaks?

If your garage door won’t open or close, there are a few things that may be the issue. One thing is the garage door cable. If you are wondering “what happens when a garage door cable breaks?”, the answer is pretty simple—you aren’t going to be able to open your garage door (unless you do it manually).

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

It is highly recommended that you do NOT open or close your garage door if the cable is broken. It can be pretty dangerous. With that said, if you absolutely have to open your garage door, consider these steps: 

·   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.

It’s best to avoid opening or closing the garage door until you fix the broken cable. If you aren’t experienced with garage door repair, you should consider hiring a professional garage door repair company to expertly replace the cable for you.

Professional Cable Repair

Before calling a company to repair your garage door, check to see if you can find a fray or other damage to the cable (or any other parts of the garage door). Also, check the photo eye. The problem may be something as simple as an obstruction in the way of the photo eye.

If you find damage to the garage door cable or you aren’t sure what the issue is, contact BH Garage Doors. We will help you to diagnose the issue and send a tech to check the cable. We can then provide you with an accurate estimate of the cost of repair.

The Cost of Replacing a Garage Door Cable

There are a couple of options when it comes to garage door cable replacement—doing it yourself or hiring a professional. The cost of the cable itself can be pretty cheap. You should expect to pay around $20 or less. With that said, it is going to take a lot of time learning to repair the door and then repairing it yourself. Not only can it be dangerous, but you may damage the door while trying to repair it. This leads to more costly repairs.

If you aren’t a professional garage door repair tech, you’ll want to consider hiring a professional garage door repair company to replace the broken cable. When you hire a professional garage door repair service provider, you can expect to pay between $130 and $200. While this cost may seem expensive on the surface, in reality, you are better off hiring a professional. You’ll save time, effort, and possibly even money (as you could further damage the door).

For more information about replacing a broken garage door cable, reach out to BH Garage Doors. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Why Choose BH Garage Doors?

There are a few different garage door service providers to choose from. So, why choose BH Garage Doors? Below are some of the top reasons to hire BH Garage Doors for your garage door cable replacement…

Professional and Knowledgeable Techs

We only hire the best garage door repair techs in the business! When you have your garage door repaired by a BH Garage Doors tech, you can rest assured the job will be done correctly.

Affordable Flat-Rate Pricing with NO Hidden Fees

Our rates are extremely affordable, and we are transparent with the costs of our repairs. We promise you won’t get hit with any hidden fees.

Free of Charge Estimates Anytime

We offer free estimates to our customers!

Emergency Service and Repairs on All Brand Names

If you are having a garage door emergency, let us know. We offer emergency garage door repair services—sometimes even same-day!

2,000+ Garage Doors and Openers Available

If you are ready to update your garage door or opener, we are happy to help. We offer over 2,000 garage doors and openers from the best brands in the country.

Reach Out to BH Garage Doors for Repairs Today!

Once you notice your garage door cable is broken, reach out to BH Garage Doors. We’ll send out a tech to professionally replace your cable and have your garage door opening and closing again in no time!