If you have a garage, you rely on the door to protect whatever is inside. One common issue that can pop up is when your garage door opens partially and then stops.

Here are some reasons why your garage door may be having this problem.
  • Misaligned Tracks
  • Improper Limit Settings
  • Damaged Door Parts
  • Obstructions
  • Malfunctioning Opener

Misaligned Track

The track is the metal rail that the trolley of your garage door runs along as it opens and closes. If the track is not level or has been knocked out of alignment, your door will not open or close properly. If you look closely at the track, you may be able to identify any bent, dented, or misaligned areas.

The track may be misaligned due to a sudden jolt, such as if your car backed into the garage door, or it could have gradually shifted over time. A lack of proper maintenance, such as not being lubricated regularly, can cause misalignment.

If you notice any problem, you should get a professional to come and adjust it for you. They will be able to make sure that the track is properly aligned and functioning correctly, so your garage door will not get stuck again.

If the track is in good condition but still causing your garage door to open partially and stop, you may need to adjust the force settings. The force settings control how hard your motor must work to open and close the door. Depending on the size and weight of your door, you may need to adjust the force settings to get it to open or close all the way.

Improper Limit Settings

The limit settings on your garage door opener control when the motor stops and reverses direction. If these limit settings are incorrect, your garage door may open partially and stop. The limit settings might be affected by weather changes or wear and tear over time.

If your limit settings are off, you should get a professional to come and adjust them for you. They can use a handheld device to adjust the settings, so your garage door will open and close without interruption. They can also inspect the motor, wiring, and other components to ensure everything is in good working order.

Damaged Door Parts

If your garage door opens partially and stops, there could be a problem with one or more moving parts. Inspecting the various parts of your garage door and looking for signs of damage is important. If you find any broken or worn pieces, they may need to be replaced, which can be done by a professional. Common parts that may need to be checked include the torsion springs, cable drums, rollers, and tracks.

When inspecting the door, the professional will also look for signs of rust, corrosion, or other damage that could impede the door’s movement. They can assess the system and make necessary repairs or replacements to operate your garage door smoothly.


Obstructions in the garage door’s tracks, misalignment of the photo-eye sensors, or malfunctioning spring systems can all cause a garage door to open partially and then stop. Some obstructions that may cause this issue include the accumulation of dirt, mud, and debris in the track or obstructions that block the closing mechanism.

If you have any objects in the track, such as a toolbox or sports equipment, these should be removed to ensure smooth operation. In addition to removing any obstructions, it is important to check the photo-eye sensors. These are located on either side of the door, and they should be aligned so that they are at equal heights. If the sensors are not properly aligned, they can prevent the door from closing completely.

Malfunctioning Opener

If all the parts of your garage door seem to be functioning properly, but it still opens partially and then stops, there may be a problem with the garage door opener. Check to ensure that its power is on and that all the settings are correct. If none of these is the issue, replacing the garage door opener may be necessary. To replace the opener, you must purchase a new one and hire a professional to install it.

If your garage door opens partially and then stops, there could be a variety of causes. Be sure to work with a professional like BDK Door Company to diagnose and solve the issue. We have all the necessary tools and can adjust any settings needing attention. We can help you with garage door installation and repair, commercial door installation and repair, and residential door installation and repair in Montgomery, IL. Contact BDK Door Company today to find out how we can help you with all of your garage door needs!

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