My Garage Door Has a Broken Cable, or Is off Track Should I Fix It Myself?

So, your garage door is giving you problems. You suspect that your garage door has a broken cable, or is off track. The question is, should you try to fix it yourself? The short answer to this question is, probably not. Although there are plenty of do-it-yourself men and women out there, most people shouldn’t tackle this type of job. There are many reasons for to leave garage door repair to the professionals. Besides the potential for injury and property damage, making repairs yourself could void your warranty.


The average homeowner has very little experience repairing their own garage doors. Most of us simply press the remote for the door to open, move our vehicle in or out, and close the door again. When something goes wrong, it’s often a mystery. Even if you know what the problem is, you don’t know the best way to fix it. A professional garage door installation and repair company, on the other hand, has experienced, knowledgeable staff that have made these types of repairs many times.

Tools & Parts

You probably have some of the tools that are needed to repair a broken cable, or get your door back on track. But, do you know where they are, and are you familiar with how to use them? What about parts? Do you have everything you’ll need, or know where to get it? When you call in a repairman, you can rest assured that his truck holds everything he’ll need to get the job done. It will save you time and money if you don’t have to hunt all over town for the right parts and tools.

Balance & Strength

How many times have you been up on a ladder in the last week? If you’re like most people, you probably only pull out the ladder to make an occasional light bulb change. Repairing a broken cable, or putting the garage door back on track is going to require ladder time. Not only that, but you’ll need to put in some elbow grease to get the job done. Remember your own skill level and let someone take care of the job that won’t be wobbly on the ladder, or too weak to lift and tug.

Personal Injury

Keep in mind that a garage door can weigh anywhere from 150 to 180 pounds! If it falls on you, or someone else, it can cause serious injuries. You also have to keep in mind the tension that is present on the springs and cables. If the tension is suddenly broken, there is a potential for them to break, which is very dangerous. A trained technician knows how to safely manage both the weight and tension on the door, assuring the safety of anyone nearby.

Property Damage

The same factors that can cause personal injury are also likely to cause property damage. If a garage door falls, for example, it could hit your car, or other belongings. It will also cause problems with the framework of the door. A spring, or cable that snaps turns into a piece of shrapnel that can break windows, damage walls, dent vehicles and generally wreak havoc. A good tech knows how to mitigate the potential for this to happen, keeping your property safe.

Your Warranty

Most manufacturers offer some sort of warranty on new garage doors, this allows them to repair, or replace faulty parts. The truth is, you don’t have to contact them if you have a problem. You can do the repairs yourself, but what happens to your warranty if you do so? In most cases, the answer is, the warranty will be voided. In other words, you’re on your own. However, if you hire a licensed, trained professional to do the work, your warranty will stay in tact. Most times, you’ll also get some sort of warranty on the work that they did as well.

Don’t get frustrated by a garage door that isn’t working right. And, for goodness sake, put your tool box away. The best way to repair a broken garage door cable, or to get your garage door back on its tracks in Minneapolis, is to contact us. Our friendly, highly-trained, professional staff is ready to lend a hand, anytime you need us. We will have your garage door working smoothly in no time at all.