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Why Won’t My Garage Door Opener Stop Running After the Door is Opened?

Have you tried opening your garage door and the motor won’t stop running? If so, the team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has the solution for you. We can come out and make the repair for you, or you can troubleshoot with these instructions.

Why Won’t The Opener Stop Running When The Garage Door is Shut

Most of the time, this type of problem only occurs when you first install a new garage door. The up-limit switch is what controls how far your door closes. Unless something gets bumped or messed with, you should not have this problem happen all of a sudden.

Adjust the Up-Limit Switch

There are two limit switches on the side of your garage door opener. There is an up-limit switch and a down limit switch. If your motor keeps running when you close the door, the up-limit switch needs to be adjust.

Here is how you make the adjustment:

1. Locate the Switch

Look on the side of the opener or under the light cover to find the switches. It could look like two dials on a radio. There should be some type of indication of which one is which. If you aren’t sure which one controls how far it opens, then check the owner’s manual for your opener.

2. Turn The Switch a Little at a Time

You should see which direction you need to turn the switch in your manual or even on the side of the opener. Some of the models will have arrows pointing which direction to turn to make the adjustment. You’ll need to make the adjustment a little at a time. It is estimated that a ⅓ of a turn makes a few inches worth of change.

3. Test The Adjustment

Once you make the first adjustment, you should open your door to see what it does. If it is still running, then you’ll need to turn it further. However, if it will not open up far enough, then you’ve likely turned it too far. That means you’ll have to correct it by turning it the other direction.

What to do if The Motor is Still Running

If adjusting the switch isn’t fixing the problem, then you need to contact our professional company. There could be something wrong with the board on the opener that is causing it to continue running. In the meantime, cut the power to the opener until one of our team members can get out to your location.

You can cut the power to your opener by figuring out which breaker switch controls the outlet it is plugged into. Or, you can get on a ladder and unplug the opener to make it stop running.

Call Our Team to Make the Adjustment

The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can send one of our qualified technicians out to your home right away. We’ll make the necessary adjustments to your limit switch. You can expect us to get there the same day you call us.

We are looking forward to working with you! Call now so we can get your door repaired right away.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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