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Does Your Garage Door Limit Switch Need Resetting?

If something malfunctions with your garage door unexpectedly, it can be a major inconvenience — and determining the source of the issue isn’t always easy. When you have issues with the basic opening and closing functions, it might be a problem with the limit switch.

We’ll explain how you can try to reset your limit switches in case you want to give it a try while you wait for the pros at Overhead Door Company of Fort Wayne to arrive.


What Is a Limit Switch & What Does It Do?

Your garage’s limit switches are what tell your garage door opener that its travel limit has been reached going up or coming down. Usually, there’s one switch that detects and signals to the opener that the door is completely open and another that communicates when the door is finished closing.

Common Limit Switch Issues & How To Fix Them

Large home with a three-car garage with white garage doors.

If your garage isn’t opening properly, you’ll need a trained technician to complete a full repair. However, you can try to adjust one or both limit switches for a temporary fix. You’ll likely find your limit switches on the garage door tracks or on top of the opener unit.

Here are some common limit switch issues and the best way to resolve them:

The Garage Door Won’t Open Completely

If your garage door gets stuck before opening fully, start by hitting the open button and measuring the space between the door bottom and the top of the door opening.

You’ll need a screwdriver to adjust the “up” switch, and twist it one full clockwise turn per three inches of height you need for a complete open. Simply test, adjust and repeat until complete opening is achieved.

The Garage Door Won’t Close Completely

The procedure here is similar to when the door won’t open. Press the close button and measure from the ground to the garage door. Turn the “down” limit switch adjuster once counterclockwise for a three-inch increment of travel for the door. Test and readjust until the door closes all the way.

The Garage Door Closes, Then Opens Again

If the door closes initially and then rolls back up, follow the same instructions for when it won’t close completely and continue adjusting the “down” limit switch until the door stays closed when you press the “close” button.


Expert Garage Door Repair in Fort Wayne, IN

While resetting your garage door limit switches is something you can do yourself, it’s not necessarily as simple as it sounds. And there may be other unseen issues that will just leave you frustrated if resetting your limit switches doesn’t fix the problem.

It’s safer, faster and more convenient to call the garage door contractors at Overhead Door Company of Fort Wayne and have a professional come out to assess the issue for a quick resolution.

Contact our team at 260-205-8509 for fast and friendly garage door service

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