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How To Reset Garage Door Opener Limit Switches

Person pressing garage door opener in front of white garage door and it's not fully closing.

Sometimes when garage doors behave oddly, the cause could be a problem with the limit switches. Incorrect programming of the limit switches can cause several issues:

  • The garage door reopens after coming into contact with the ground.
  • The door doesn’t open completely.
  • The door doesn’t close completely.

What’s the solution? Resetting the limit switches.



What’s a Limit Switch & How Does It Work?

Limit switches are garage door opener settings that control when the opener motor stops lifting or lowering. Incorrect programming may result in the door reversing or pulling up again as you attempt to close it.

This type of door behavior may seem like someone else is using a remote at the same frequency as yours, or it may seem like a malfunction. What’s actually happening is that the safety feature designed to keep the door from hitting people needs maintenance.

How To Properly Reset Your Garage Door Opener Limit Switch

In this blog post, we’ll cover how to update the limit switches in three situations:

The Garage Door Isn’t Opening Completely

  1. Use your remote to open the garage door.
  2. Measure, in inches, from the bottom of the garage door to the top of the garage door opening. This is how much you’ll need to adjust the limit switch.
  3. Climb a step ladder to reach the up-limit switch adjustment screw on the side of the garage door opener.
  4. Turn the screw clockwise with a flathead screwdriver. Turn one full turn for every three inches needed to raise the door completely.
  5. Test the adjustment by opening and closing the garage door. If the problem persists, continue adjusting the up-limit switch again until the door opens completely.

The Garage Door Isn’t Closing All the Way

  1. Use your remote to close the garage door.
  2. Measure, in inches, from the bottom of the garage door to the ground. This is how much you’ll need to adjust the limit switch.
  3. Climb a step ladder to reach the down-limit switch adjustment screw on the side of the garage door opener.
  4. Turn the screw counterclockwise with a flathead screwdriver. Turn one full turn for every three inches needed to close the door completely.
  5. Test the adjustment by opening and closing the garage door. If the problem persists, continue adjusting the down-limit switch again until the door closes completely.

The Garage Door Opens After It’s Been Closed

  1. Use your remote to close the garage door.
  2. Climb a step ladder to reach the down-limit switch adjustment screw on the side of the garage door opener.
  3. Turn the screw clockwise one full turn with a flathead screwdriver
  4. Test the adjustment by opening and closing the garage door. If the problem persists, continue adjusting the down-limit switch again until the door closes correctly.

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