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Why Does My Garage Door Stop Halfway?

Black paneled two-car garage door with windows in the top, in a brick home.Having trouble with a garage door that seems to stop midway through either opening or closing? While this problem can be hair-pull-worthy, it’s actually a fairly common concern, and one that often comes with a simple solution.

Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie offers 24-hour repairs. If you need urgent garage door repair, call us today.

Why Your Garage Door Stops Halfway Up

If your garage door only opens halfway, you could have 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 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 don’t recommend DIY repairs, as garage door parts can 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’s 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. This setting can shift out of appropriate caliber over time through natural settling or unaware fiddling.


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

Garage Door Repair & Maintenance in the Indianapolis Area

If your garage door isn’t opening or closing all the way, don’t lose hope. The experts at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie put your safety first, so contact us for garage door repair and maintenance — we always recommend turning to a professional first.

Contact us to get your garage door opening and closing smoothly today.

Looking for more tips, ideas or information? Keep up with our blog for more great solutions to common problems.

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