Why does my garage door go down 2 feet then back up?

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    Why does my garage door go down 2 feet then back up? It’s a common and frustrating problem for many homeowners. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the reasons behind this peculiar behavior and offer solutions to fix it. Additionally, we’ll introduce our services and answer some frequently asked questions related to garage door issues.

    The Troublesome Behavior of Garage Doors

    Garage doors are complex systems involving various mechanical and electrical components. When they malfunction, understanding the cause is the first step towards a solution. Let’s explore why a garage door might descend partially then reverse course.

    Sensor Obstruction or Misalignment

    One of the primary reasons for this behavior is an obstruction in the path of the garage door sensors or misalignment of these sensors. These safety sensors are designed to prevent the door from closing if something is in its path.

    Table: Common Issues and Solutions

    Issue Description Solution
    Sensor Obstruction Objects blocking sensors’ line of sight Remove obstructions
    Sensor Misalignment Sensors not aligned properly Adjust to align sensors
    Track Misalignment Garage door tracks are misaligned Realign or repair tracks
    Spring Tension Issues Incorrect tension in springs Adjust or replace springs
    Limit Settings Incorrectly set limit settings on opener Adjust limit settings

    Why Choose Us?

    At Steel Garage Door, we understand the inconvenience and safety issues that arise from malfunctioning garage doors. Our team of experts provides top-notch services in various areas, including:

    Service Areas

    We proudly serve various locations, ensuring that our quality services reach a wide range of customers. Our service areas include:

    • Las Vegas
    • Henderson
    • North Las Vegas
    • Boulder City
    • And surrounding areas

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is my garage door making noise?

    A noisy garage door can be due to several factors, such as loose hardware, worn rollers, or lack of lubrication. Regular maintenance can prevent these issues. For more details, check out our Noise Troubleshooting Guide.

    How do I maintain my garage door?

    Regular maintenance is key to ensuring your garage door’s longevity and smooth operation. This includes inspecting and tightening hardware, lubricating moving parts, and checking the balance. Our Maintenance Checklist offers a comprehensive guide.

    Can I repair my garage door myself?

    While some minor issues can be handled DIY, it’s advisable to seek professional help for complex repairs like spring replacement or track alignment. Attempting these repairs without proper knowledge can be dangerous. For professional assistance, visit our Repair Services Page.

    What should I do if my garage door won’t close?

    If your garage door won’t close, check for obstructions in the sensors’ path, ensure the sensors are aligned, and inspect the tracks for any damage. For detailed troubleshooting, refer to our Closure Issues Guide.


    In conclusion, a garage door reversing after descending a few feet is typically due to sensor issues, misaligned tracks, or incorrect settings. Addressing these problems can restore your garage door to proper function. At Steel Garage Door, we’re committed to providing quality solutions for all your garage door needs. For professional service and expert advice, contact us today. Our team is ready to assist you, ensuring your garage door operates smoothly and safely.

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