Are you having trouble with your garage door? If your garage door opens a little then stops, and you’re unsure of what could be causing the issue. You are not alone. This is a common problem that many homeowners have experienced and can be quite frustrating. 

If your garage door starts to open and then stops, there could be a few possible causes, such as a damaged or misaligned garage door track, a broken garage door spring, or an issue with the garage door opener itself. 

In this blog post, we’ll discuss what might be causing your garage door to open a little and then stop and how you can troubleshoot and repair the issue.

Common reasons garage door starts to open then stops

There are a few potential causes for a garage door that opens a little and then stops. 

1. Check the Opener

One possibility is that there is an issue with the garage door opener. The opener could malfunction or not receive the proper signals from the remote control. 

The most common problem is that the power may not be connected to the opener correctly or that the power supply is too weak. 

Check the Opener

To confirm the problem, simply unplug the opener and plug it back in to ensure that it is connected properly. If the power supply is too weak, you should replace the batteries or use an external power source. 

Alternatively, the problem could be with the garage door itself. The springs or cables may be damaged, or the door may be off balance, causing it to stop before it’s fully open. 

2. Track

Another common cause is an obstruction in the tracks or a spring that has become worn or broken. In this case, you will need to inspect the tracks and springs for any damage or obstructions. If the track is damaged or obstructed, it could prevent the door from opening all the way and you should remove it as soon as possible. You need to adjust the tension of the torsion spring to ensure that it is not over-tightened or too loose.

3. Check to See if the Photo Eye is Blocked

garage door Photo Eye

Another possibility is a misaligned photo-eye. This occurs when the sensors are not aligned correctly. You should ensure that the sensors are properly aligned and facing each other. If they are not, you can adjust them to be properly aligned.

4. Check the switch

If the garage door starts to open and then stops, it could be due to a malfunctioning limit switch. This can be caused by debris or damage to the switch itself. If this is the case, try cleaning the switch and checking for visible damage. If the problem continues, you may need to replace the limit switch altogether.

5. Replace the Remote Batteries

Your garage door opener may be having issues with its remote control. If the remote control is malfunctioning, it can cause the door to open a little and then stop. Make sure to replace the batteries in the remote and check if the remote is working properly. If it is still not working, you should consider replacing the entire remote control unit.

Replace the Remote Batteries

Things you can do to fix a garage door that is not opening all the way

If your garage door opens a little and then reverses when it reaches the top, there are a few things you can fix. You may need to adjust the travel limit and force settings. To adjust the travel limit, just locate the travel limit switch on the motor unit and manually adjust it to a lower setting. For force setting, you may need to change the tension on the torsion spring or adjust the downforce limit switch on the motor unit.

Then check the track to ensure that there is nothing blocking the path of the garage door and that the track is properly aligned and lubricated.

If your garage door’s opener is more than 15 years old, it may be time to replace it. Many older garage door openers have outdated safety features and need newer features such as adjustable force settings and soft start/stop operation.


If your garage door is still not opening correctly, it can be an issue with the opener or the garage door itself. In any case, it is important to check it out as soon as possible. Then it is time to call a professional. If you find yourself in this situation, contact Infinity Garage Door Services.

Our professional can come to your home and inspect the garage door and opener to determine what is causing the problem. We offer 24-hour emergency services, and our experienced technicians can help you get your garage door back to working order quickly and safely.


1. Why does my garage door only open a few inches and then stop?

The reason could be the spring assembly is not working correctly. Adjusting the garage door spring might solve the issue. 

2. How do I fix my garage door that keeps stopping?

Firstly, make sure the track is not blocked by something. Even if something tiny comes in the way, your garage door might keep stopping.

3. How do I know if my garage sensor is bad?

Check the green light of your sensor. If the green light is not flashing or illuminated, there is something wrong with the sensor.