How to Adjust an Overhead Garage Door

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With more than 90 years of experience, the Overhead Door Corporation is a leading manufacturer of garage doors and automatic garage door opening systems. Overhead garage doors can be adjusted to increase or decrease their open and close limits, as well as their open and close force. Keeping your Overhead door well adjusted helps to ensure continued performance and safety. The process to adjust an Overhead garage door is surprisingly simple.

  • Raise your Overhead garage door until the carriage assembly engages the inner slide.

  • Locate the control panel on the back of the power head unit. Depress and hold the "Open" limit switch on the control panel until the garage door is open all the way. Release the "Open" limit switch; the setting is saved into memory.

  • Depress and hold the "Close" limit switch until the bottom of the door is pressed firmly against the ground. Release the "Close" limit switch to save the setting into memory.

  • Press the "Open/Close" button on the wall control panel to close the garage door before adjusting its opening or closing force.

  • Locate the "Open Force" screw on the power head unit; turn the screw counterclockwise until it stops. Press the "Open/Close" button on the wall control panel to operate the garage door. Turn the "Open Force" screw clockwise if the door does not open completely. Press the "Open/Close" button again to test the garage door. Continue turning the screw clockwise and testing the door until pressing the "Open/Close" button causes the door to open completely.

  • Locate the "Close Force" screw just below the "Open Force" screw on the power head unit. Turn the "Close Force" screw counterclockwise until it stops. Operate the garage door using the "Open/Close" button on the wall control panel. Rotate the "Close Force" screw clockwise if the garage door fails to close completely. Press the "Open/Close" button again to test the garage door. Continue turning the "Close Force" screw clockwise and testing the door until the door closes completely when the "Open/Close" button is pressed.

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