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Why Doesn’t My Garage Door Open All the Way?

“Lately, my garage door doesn’t want to open or close all the way. It’s not a problem every time, and I can get my car in and out most of the time without too much fuss, but I’m worried that sooner or later it’s going to stick and stay that way. What’s causing this to happen and what should I do to get it back to normal?”

—Jack in Warsaw, IN

Having some trouble with a garage door that seems to quit midway through either opening or closing? Wondering why your garage door only opens partway or stops closing halfway down? While this problem can be frustrating and inconvenient, it’s actually a fairly common concern, and one that oftentimes comes with a quite simple solution.

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Reasons Behind the Problem

You could be experiencing one of a few problems, so we’ll lay out the most common causes.

Rusty or Jammed Parts

The rollers that slide your door up and down are more crucial to its proper operation than you may think. Be sure to clean and grease/oil these occasionally. The springs may be also be the source of the issue. If they aren’t lubricated properly, they could stick or even break.

Problem with the Force Adjustment

It’s possible there’s a problem with the door’s force adjustment setting—the force limit may need to be adjusted. We do not recommend any DIY repairs, as garage door parts can potentially cause injury if not handled properly.

Improper Limit Setting

Your automatic garage door comes with a limit setting that limits the amount of force it is allowed to exert in either opening or closing. If this setting is improper, it can cause your door to stop midway, thinking its job is done. Over time, sometimes through natural settling, this setting can get out of appropriate caliber.


If the door closes almost all the way and then stops, there may simply be some kind of obstruction! Yes, this one is obvious, but you may be surprised how often the culprit is something like a wedged rock or stick.

Garage Door Repair in the Leesburg & Elkhart Areas

If you’re asking yourself, “Why doesn’t my garage door open all the way?” you need repair—fast. The experts at Mike’s Garage Door put your safety first, so don’t hesitate to call us for garage door repair—we provide professional, timely service.

Contact us today to fix your garage door or, if necessary, replace it!

Additional Resources

If you’d like to read further on likely culprits for your garage door frustrations, consider these posts on our blog where we’ve delved more deeply into common garage door problems and related subjects.

Why Is My Garage Door Sticking? We cover a very similar subject in more detail in this recent blog post, including common sources of the problem and what we recommend for a solution.

How Often Should I Service My Garage Door? Not every garage door problem comes about as a result of serious damage or an emergency. Sometimes, your garage door is just giving you trouble because you’ve been skipping maintenance for too long.

What Is the Average Life Span of a Garage Door Opener? Sometimes your garage door problems aren’t actually problems with your garage door. It’s possible your garage door opener is on the fritz and giving you a unique headache.

If these don’t help and you still aren’t sure why your garage door isn’t opening, it’s time to leave it to a professional! A garage door that hangs halfway today might be one that won’t open at all tomorrow — or falls on you or your car the next time you try to get out of your garage!

Contact us today to learn more about maintenance or repair services for your garage door. You can reach us at 574-253-0279 or by sending us a message online.

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