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Question DetailsAsked on 10/18/2011

Garage door gets stuck half way up,if i help it, door will go up. Door gos down no problem. Thanks!

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Does the door operate smoothly when disconnected from the opener? If so it is a problem with the opener mechanics. When was the last time it was lubed properly? If it's an older motor it may be getting tired. Most have an adjustment screw on them to adjust the force at which the door will open. Some have separate adjustments for opening and closing while some are adjusted together. You don't want it to have too much force as it won't sense a person or object giving resistance until it has applied harmful pressure. If you're unclear on how to adjust this safely I suggest you look on Angie's list for a local garage door repair company. It should be a small charge for them to adjust the door and make sure everything is lubed properly.

Todd Shell
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Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


You are due for a Garage door service from a reputable company.

your Garage door opener has what are called force settings and they are designed to react to or be sensitive to the door making contact with an object while it is closing or to drag or something catching on the door while it is opening.

This only works properly when the door is balanced and when the settings are adjusted to a balanced door. Your door is no longer balanced this is common and gets to this point about every two to three years as the spring/s gets weaker the door will become heavier to open, your open force setting is reacting to this like it is supposed to and is your warning that the door is in need of service and adjustment.

Answered 8 years ago by Garage Door Guru

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