How to Adjust Garage Door Tracks

Craftsman garage door openers, a popular and trusted brand, can experience issues over time. This article will offer a comprehensive guide on troubleshooting common problems with your Craftsman garage door opener, and how to get your garage door back to its fully operational state. Let’s delve right into it!

Common Issues with Craftsman Garage Door Openers

1. Remote or Keypad Doesn’t Work

When your remote or keypad stops functioning, it can be due to various reasons, such as dead batteries or signal interference. To solve this issue, try replacing the batteries first. If the issue persists, refer to the garage door remote not working reasons and follow the recommended solutions.

2. Door Doesn’t Open or Close Fully

If the garage door doesn’t open or close completely, it could be a problem with the up and down limits on your opener. Learn more about how to adjust these settings in the how to adjust garage door gap article.

3. The Door Reverses Before or After Closing

This issue often occurs because of a misaligned safety reversing sensor. For a detailed guide on how to adjust and align your sensors, check out how to clean garage door sensors.

4. The Motor Continues to Run After the Door Closes

When the garage door fully closes, but the motor continues to run, the travel limits likely need adjustment. Learn how to adjust these limits from this how to adjust garage door tracks guide.

5. The Opener Doesn’t Operate from Wall Control

There might be a wiring issue if your wall control doesn’t activate the opener. Check this article on garage door wall control for more details on how to solve this issue.

Issue Common Causes Possible Solutions
Remote or keypad doesn’t work Dead batteries or signal interference Replace batteries or check for signal interference
Door doesn’t open or close fully Problem with up and down limits Adjust the up and down limits
Door reverses before or after closing Misaligned safety reversing sensor Adjust and align your sensors
Motor continues to run after the door closes Travel limits need adjustment Adjust these limits
Opener doesn’t operate from wall control Wiring issue Check for any wiring problems

Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn’t my Craftsman garage door opener responding to the remote or wall switch?

The most common reason for this issue is a power source problem. Check to see if the motor unit is plugged in. If it is, try plugging in a different device to ensure the outlet is working. If the outlet is functioning correctly, check the circuit breaker, fuse, or GFCI controlling the door opener circuit. The problem might also be due to a defective wall switch or switch wire. In this case, replace the switch or the wire.

Why does my Craftsman garage door opener reverse immediately after touching the floor?

This issue might be due to an improperly set close force or an issue with the safety sensors. Inspect the sensors for correct alignment and no obstructions. If this doesn’t solve the problem, increase the close force slightly, following the guidelines in the owner’s manual.

Why is my Craftsman garage door opener remote working inconsistently?

An inconsistent garage door remote could be a sign of several problems. If your remote only works when it’s close to the opener, you may be dealing with a range issue, possibly due to interference from other electronic devices. If the remote doesn’t work even when it’s close, you may have a defective remote or logic board.

Why does my Craftsman garage door opener keep running after the door has fully closed?

This usually happens when the travel limits have been set improperly. When the door has closed, but the motor thinks the door is still open, it continues to run. Consult your owner’s manual to learn how to adjust the travel limits correctly.

Now, when it comes to repairing your garage door opener, should you DIY or hire a professional?

Here are some pros and cons of both

DIY Repair


  • You can save money if you’re able to successfully fix the issue yourself.
  • You can learn more about your garage door system and its maintenance.


  • Without professional knowledge, you might make the problem worse, leading to more costly repairs.
  • Garage door systems can be dangerous to work on due to their weight and tension. A wrong move can result in injury.

Professional Repair


  • Professionals have experience and can often diagnose and fix the problem quickly.
  • They are trained to handle garage door systems safely, reducing the risk of injury.


  • It will cost more than doing it yourself.
  • Depending on their schedule, you might have to wait for the repair to be done.


Craftsman garage door openers are reliable machines, but like any piece of equipment, they can encounter problems over time. By understanding common issues, their causes, and possible solutions, you can effectively troubleshoot and fix minor issues. For more complex problems, professional help is recommended due to safety concerns and potential for further complications. The key to maintaining your garage door opener’s longevity lies in regular maintenance and addressing problems as soon as they arise.

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Over a decade in the garage door business has taught me that the most professional way to go is transparency with my clients. Why charge clients when they can clearly solve some of their garage trouble DIY? In this blog I will share as much as I can. If you still need help, don't hesitate to call!