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How to Fix a Stuck Garage Door that only Opens Half-Way

Garage One - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My garage door only opens half-way! What do I do? It can be a nasty little problem! If Murphy has a say in the matter, this will happen to you when you’re already late for work or rushing to get the kids to school.

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Before you call your local garage door repair and installation provider in Toronto, there are a few things you could try (if you have the time). Who knows? Maybe you’ll have the satisfaction of solving the problem on your own and save a few bucks in the process!

Try these things to see if you can fix the issue:

  • Diagnosis. If you can close the door fully, do so, and then disengage the opener by pulling the emergency release cord. Try opening the door by hand. If you can open it fully without any difficulty, your opener’s the issue—if it still only opens half-way, the door is the culprit.
  • If it’s the door… check the tracks, hinges, pulleys, cables and rollers for damage or obstruction. See if a warped panel in the door is catching on something or if dirt or some obstruction is interfering with the photo eye. If you suspect broken or misaligned pulleys, cables or springs, stop right there and call your favourite garage door installation and repair provider in Toronto—garage doors are very heavy and springs are under a lot of tension, making them dangerous to deal with if you’re inexperienced!
  • If it’s the opener… the door limiter may have become improperly adjusted. You’ll need a flathead screwdriver and stepladder for this. Refer to your owner’s manual to locate the limit switch adjustment screw(s)—usually located on the back of the opener or behind the light cover—and see if turning the screw “down” one full turn at a time doesn’t allow you to gradually lower the door’s closing limit until it reaches the floor.
  • Is it a weather problem? Wet and cold, snowy weather can make your garage opener work harder, and if not well adjusted, get stuck half-way. Some openers have a force adjustment, but this is best left to a garage door installation and repair pro in Toronto because an improper force adjustment can have your door not stopping when it should. Or try a quick shot of silicone lubricant according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. It may be just what the doctor ordered!

Still having trouble with your garage door? Contact us at Garage One! At Garage One, we’re your go-to emergency garage door repair and installation professionals in the Greater Toronto Area and across Southern Ontario. Call us now!

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