Why Won’t My Garage Door Stay Closed?

Are you hitting the button on your garage door opener like usual, but instead of closing, the door hits the ground and bounces right back up? When a garage door won’t stay closed, the most likely problem is that the limit settings are off.

The limits tell the garage door when it’s fully open and when it’s fully closed. In this instance, the down limit is set too far, making the garage door think it hasn’t fully closed when it touches the ground. In response to hitting an apparent obstruction, the door opens again for safety purposes. All you need to do is adjust the down limit so your garage door will stay closed.

How to Adjust Garage Door Limits

The method for adjusting limit settings varies by garage door brand and model. The easiest option is to reference the owner’s manual. If you don’t have a physical copy, conduct a search online for the brand and model number.

A screwdriver is the only tool you need to make the adjustment. With this tool in hand, follow these steps:

  • Check the motor housing mounted to the ceiling of your garage. You should find two plastic screw heads or knobs on the back, side or bottom of the housing.
  • Start by rotating the down limit screw or knob one complete turn in the “minus” direction.
  • Test the garage door to see if it stays closed.
  • Continue to adjust the limit screw until you find the proper setting.

Schedule Garage Door Repair in Indianapolis, Muncie or Surrounding Cities

It’s frustrating to have a garage door that won’t stay closed. These troubleshooting tips should work if nothing else is wrong with your garage door. However, if the door continues to bounce back open after rotating the screw four or five complete turns, you could have a damaged limit switch assembly. It’s also possible that the garage door sensors are out of alignment or the rollers are not moving smoothly along the track.

Whatever the problem, you’ll need a professional’s help to get your garage door working properly again. That’s where Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie comes in. We have 90 years of experience performing garage door repairs aimed at fixing a wide variety of problems. Trust us to get your garage door back on track for less than our competitors.

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