My garage door will begin to close and will close about 3/4 of the way and then pop back up. It started a few months ago but it only occurred on rainy days, but now it's doing it daily for the past week. When this happens, I can walk up to the back of it and place my hand on the grooves and guide it down and it will close. I thought the sensors may have some dust or leaves affecting them, but they don't.

I've checked to see if there is anything that could possibly be interfering with the sensors but there's not. Now it's only closing fully without assistance about 20% of the time. I'm out of ideas. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

  • The sensor or light can also become misaligned. – Keith McClary Oct 26 '19 at 0:37

Most garage door openers will also reverse when closing if the force limit is exceeded. If the motor requires too much force, it will reverse for safety reasons.

It is possible that the force limit was set to low. It is usually adjustable via a screwdriver. But be careful, if you set it too high, you will defeat the safety feature. It should not be able to hurt someone seriously.

If you still have the user's manual, it should describe how to set the force limit.

It is also possible that your springs weren't adjusted properly. If you disengage the opener, the door should be fairly neutral, manually put it half way down, it shouldn't want to go further up or down. The springs should counteract gravity. If the springs are strongly pulling the door up, hire a professional to adjust them. This is not a DIY job, the tension is enormous and you can seriously injure yourself.

Edit: While the opener is disengaged, you can also test for binding and lubrication as isherwood suggested.

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    I'd lead with the spring adjustment, followed by lubrication and a check for damage or binding. Increasing travel force is often a band-aid to the real problem. By doing so without adjusting the springs you make the opener work harder and wear out faster. – isherwood Oct 25 '19 at 18:45

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