Adjust an Automatic Garage Door

Q.  We bought a house with an automatic garage door opener. But the door never opens far enough. Is it broken, or can I adjust it somehow?

A.  It sounds like you simply need to adjust the travel on the door opener. Some manufacturers place two setscrews at either the side or rear of the motor. Other manufacturers include knobs on the bottom to adjust the travel. And certain units have trip levers on the travel bar that can be repositioned. These are all methods to adjust travel setting, and if you’re confused about your particular model, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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