If your garage door starts acting up, several factors may be at play.
To ensure you take the safest and most effective steps possible, you must identify which of the following issues you may be experiencing.
The following garage door opener problems are related to the door or the motor.
If you’re having remote issues, check out our garage door opener troubleshooting and how to adjust your garage door guide.
The Garage Door Closes only Some of The Way
There are three potential areas where your garage system could be going wrong:
Your garage doors have limit settings that dictate how far up and down the tracks the door will move as it opens and closes.
If these settings have been jostled or changed, it can cause your garage door to close partially.
The limit screw, which is generally located on the back of the motor, can be adjusted to changing speeds.
Keep in mind that for every complete turn of the screw, there will be a 3-inch change.
To speed up the opening, adjust clockwise, and to slow it down, adjust counterclockwise.
Realign safety sensors
The safety sensors are located on both sides of your garage door.
They tell the door to close or open when it is safe.
If you find that your garage door won’t close, then something may be blocking the sensors.
Make sure that both lights on the sensors are working.
If the lights are blinking or off, it could be that something is obstructing the line of sight, or they may need to be readjusted.
First, clear any loose debris, leaves, or dirt.
If the problem still exists, look at your garage door opener manual or contact us for help.
If your rollers have been damaged or rusty, you will most likely need to replace them.
Always try to lubricate them first–if that doesn’t fix the problem, it’s best to reach out to us professionals here at Felker Garage Doors, your garage door company in Hamilton.
Garage Door Automatically Reverses if It Starts to Close and Detects an Obstacle
There are two reasons why your garage door may automatically reverse before it reaches the floor:
Re-adjust closing force settings
There is an adjustment screw on your garage door that lets you change the amount of force necessary to close it.
If your door starts reversing before it reaches the floor, too much force is being used because the door thinks it has already hit bottom.
Lowering the force required to close the door will fix this issue–but if you’re unsure, reach out to a professional for help.
Lubricate or replace rollers
Having smooth-rolling garage door opener rollers is essential to prevent extra friction and ensure your door opens and closes as intended.
Examine your rollers for damage or rust, replacing them if necessary.
You can lubricate the new ones (or old ones, if they’re in good condition) to keep them working even better.
Be careful when you attempt any repairs yourself–afraid of heights?
It’s best to let a professional handle garage door repair this time.
Garage Door Starts to Close and Then Quickly Reverses After It Touches the Floor
Re-adjust closing limit
If your garage door starts to reverse immediately after touching the floor, it’s most likely due to an issue with the closing force settings.
You can fix this by adjusting the limiting screw on the back of the garage motor.
Remember that turning clockwise will result in opening limits, and counterclockwise is in closing limits.
Garage Door Opens Partially
The up-limit lever, different from the opening and closing limiter, controls how high the door will open.
If the lever is too far away from the motor, it will stop before fully opening.
The level is most likely located at the end of the tracks near your garage’s motor.
Once you find it, move the lever toward the direction of the motor, and your problem should be fixed.
Replace or lubricate rollers
Anytime you see evidence of wear on your garage door rollers, take the opportunity to lubricate them.
This will keep your door working smoothly and prevent it from stopping short.
Contact the Professionals
Adjusting a garage door can seem intimidating initially, but with a few essential tools and knowledge of how it works, it doesn’t have to be complicated!
To inspect your garage door system, be prepared for a technical task.
You may need to read an old manual with transcripts you need help understanding.
And good luck finding it – if you remember where you put it.
At Felker Garage Doors, we have fully trained resources who are dedicated to helping you with any questions or concerns that you may have.
You can talk to our customer service representatives, and they will be more than happy to help resolve any issues you have regards to how to adjust your garage door.