Why Does My Garage Door Keep Stopping Halfway?

Your garage door must operate safely and reliably. If it’s malfunctioning somehow, it’s always best to quickly identify and address the cause to prevent home damage or personal injury. If your garage door stops halfway, the experts at Kern Door Company can help. Here is a guide to common causes and solutions to the problem.

Potential Problems Causing Garage Door To Stop Halfway

If your garage door begins to close normally but stops halfway, the problem must be addressed. Below are the most common causes of this type of malfunction.

Misaligned Sensors

If your garage door sensors are misaligned, your garage door may open normally but malfunction when closing. Misaligned sensors can cause the door to reverse or stop abruptly while closing. It’s easy for your sensors to get out of alignment because they’re so easily bumped out of their original position if not properly secured.

Obstruction in the Track

Debris or foreign objects can also block the door’s track, hindering proper door movement and suddenly causing the garage door to stop midway. Another sign of this is a garage door that jerks or stops intermittently while closing.

Broken Springs

Garage door springs are essential to proper garage door operation because they balance the doors as they’re raised and lowered. If the springs are broken or damaged, the door may get stuck halfway. Signs your springs are broken include a door that’s too heavy to lift manually, uneven door movement or abnormally loud operation.

Troubleshooting Tips

If your garage door isn’t closing properly, there are some things you can try to troubleshoot on your own.

Realign the Sensors

Technician on a ladder fixing the overhead part of a garage doorIf your sensors appear misaligned, use a clean, dry cloth to clean the sensor lenses. Loosen the screws on the sensor brackets just enough that you’re able to move them up or down as needed.

Then, using a string attached to both sensors and a level, adjust the sensors until they’re the same height.

Clear Track Obstructions

If your tracks are dirty or you suspect an obstruction, you can easily clean them. First, use a cloth to remove large items or debris from the tracks carefully. Then, use a vacuum to remove dust and smaller particles. You can apply a thin layer of lubricant spray when you’re done.

Replace Broken Springs

If your springs appear broken, it’s best to hire a professional like Kern Door Company. Our team is trained to safely repair and replace springs without causing further damage to your garage doors.

Kern Door Company Solutions

Kern Door Company is here to help you with all your garage door repair and replacement needs in Bakersfield. If your door malfunctions, our team will quickly identify and rectify the problem for lasting results. We install high-quality products, including residential garage doors, commercial garage doors and garage door openers.

When your garage doors aren’t operating as they should, Kern Door Company can help. Contact us to schedule professional garage door repairs today.

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