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Garage Door Won’t Close

Updated: Sep. 02, 2021

How to adjust your garage door's travel setting.

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Does your garage door refuse to stay closed? When it hits the floor, does it go back up? You don't need a new garage door; you just need to adjust the travel setting. Here's how.

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How to adjust a garage door opener’s travel setting when the garage door won’t close all the way

Adjusting the travel setting on a garage door opener

The Craftsman garage door opener shown here has two set-screws that control door travel. Adjust in small increments (a half turn or less). Test after each adjustment. Continue adjusting until the door opens and closes satisfactorily.

Garage door not closing all the way? Does your garage door keep coming back up after it hits the floor? You just need to adjust the travel setting on your door opener. The travel controls how far the door goes up and down. Most newer openers have a safety feature that makes the door reverse if it encounters an obstruction. Right now, your opener is reading the floor as an obstruction.

All openers have travel adjustments: Chamberlain and Craftsman openers (like the one pictured) have two set-screws on the back or side of the motor housing. Stanley openers usually have two knobs on the bottom of the motor housing. Genie openers have trip levers on the travel bar that you can reposition to adjust the travel. Adjust according to the instructions for your brand of opener.

Next: If still not working, check out these additional garage door opener repair tips.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Screwdriver