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If you have a garage, you may be considering adding or replacing a garage door opener as a side project or part of a garage remodel. They are convenient, especially in bad weather, because they enable you to open your door either by remote, smart device, or keypad, without having to get out of your car. Many modern garage openers also provide security features that prevent forced entry and block code theft or automatically close your garage door after a period of time.

Costs depend on where you live, the garage opener type, its features, and the horsepower of its motor. The national average cost of installing a garage door opener ranges from $300 to $940, with most homeowners paying around $480 to install a ¾ HP (horsepower) belt-drive garage door opener. The cost can be as low as $230 to install a ½ HP chain-drive garage door opener. On the high end, it can cost $1,500 for a professional installation of a 1 HP Jackshaft-drive opener with Smart features.

Garage Door Costs

Garage door installation prices
National average cost$480
Average range$300 - $940
Minimum cost$230
Maximum cost$1,500

Garage Door Opener Installation Cost by Project Range

½ HP chain-drive opener
Average Cost
¾ HP belt-drive opener
1 HP Jackshaft-drive opener with Smart features

Garage Door Opener Cost by Type

Garage door openers come in various types. Each has pros and cons. Some are known for their longevity, while others are better at noise-control or in situations where overhead space is an issue. This results in a wide range of costs. When choosing an opener, consider the factors most important to you to determine which offers the best value:

Garage Door Opener Cost by Type

Garage Door Opener Cost by Type

TypeAverage Cost (Material Only)
Chain-Drive Opener$130 - $200
AC-Power Opener$130 - $270
Screw-Drive Opener$150 - $250
Belt-Drive Opener$170 - $350
DC-Power Opener$300 - $350
Direct-Drive Opener$300 - $500
Jackshaft-Drive Opener$550 - $640

Chain-Drive Garage Door Opener

 A chain-drive opener uses a chain-running assembly unit attached to tension springs that raise and lower the door. They are typically the least expensive type of opener and the most popular. They are strong and durable, and heavy garage doors, such as wooden and insulated doors, may require them. However, they can be noisy and may not be suitable for garages situated below living areas. Another disadvantage is that they usually require more maintenance. The average cost range is around $130 to $200.

AC Garage Door Opener

AC (alternating current) motors are controlled by various components, rather than a circuit board. Openers with AC motors have been used much longer than openers with DC (direct current) motors, so they are a tried-and-true alternative and last a long time. However, AC motors are generally noisier than DC motors and are typically too heavy to allow for new components, such as battery backup or MyQ technology, which connects your garage to your smartphone. The average cost for an AC garage door opener is between $130 and $270.

Screw-Drive Garage Door Opener

Screw-drive openers use a threaded metal rod that rotates like a screw to open and close the door. They are moderately priced and have fewer moving parts than other openers. So, they have less chance of breaking down, as long as the screw threads are lubricated appropriately. Screw-drive openers are less reliable when opening heavy one-piece doors and do not respond well to temperature fluctuations. They are quieter than chain-driven openers but noisier than belt-driven ones. Expect to pay around $150 to $250.

Belt-Drive Garage Door Opener Cost

Belt-drive openers operate similarly to chain-driven ones, but the lifting is done with a belt rather than a chain. They are quiet and have less vibration than other types. They do, however, require more regular maintenance, and the belt tends to slip in high temperatures and humidity. Another disadvantage is their shorter life span and higher cost. The average price is around $170 to $350.

DC Garage Door Opener

DC-powered (direct current) garage door openers use an electronic circuit board to control the amount of power delivered to the motor. They are faster, lighter, quieter, and operate more smoothly than other opener types. Many offer battery backup and come with varying start and stop speeds and use less energy. If you like motors with Internet connectivity, DC-powered ones are your only choice. However, their lifespan is about one-third that of AC motors, and they tend to cost more when comparing motors of equal horsepower. The average price range is $300 to $350.

Direct-Drive Garage Door Opener

Direct-drive openers use only a motor to open your door, rather than a belt, chain, or screw. They are quiet, reliable, almost maintenance-free, and come with lifetime warranties. The disadvantage is their higher cost. They also are just beginning to become popular in the United States and may be more difficult to find. Expert to pay between $300 and $500.

Jackshaft-Drive Garage Door Opener

Jackshaft openers are installed on the side of the door, keeping the ceiling free for overhead storage. They use a motor that drives pulleys and cables that turn the torsion bar to raise the door. They work well for large doors and in garages with either high or low ceilings. They are also quiet, although typically not as quiet as a belt-driven model. They also can easily be equipped with additional security options and high-tech features. The disadvantages are that they are more expensive and can only be used on sectional doors. The average price is $550 to $640.

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Garage Door Opener Price by Horsepower Rating

Another key factor in determining the cost of your garage door opener is horsepower ratings. These ratings describe the lifting capacity of the motor. The larger and heavier the garage door, the greater the horsepower rating needed to lift it. Although buying the minimum horsepower rating that your garage door requires costs less upfront, an opener with extra horsepower lifts the door more easily. Because a more powerful motor experiences less wear and tear, it tends to last longer, justifying the extra cost over the long term:

Garage Door Opener Price by Horsepower Rating

HP RatingAverage Cost
½ HP$120 - $200
¾ HP$160 - $350
1 HP$180 - $400

½ HP Garage Door Opener

A ½ HP motor can lift residential, aluminum, and steel single or double garage doors that weigh no more than 300 pounds and measure roughly 8’ to 12’ wide. This size motor is quite popular, but it needs to be replaced more often than one with a higher HP rating. Prices for a ½ HP garage door openers generally range from $120 to $200.

¾ HP Garage Door Opener

A ¾ HP motor is more suitable for oversized doors or those made of heavier materials, such as wood. It also can be used with aluminum doors if you want less wear and tear. However, it will not work well for doors that weigh more than 500 pounds. Expect to pay between $160 and $350 for a ¾ HP motor.

1 HP Garage Door Opener

Residential doors that weigh more than 500 pounds and commercial garage doors require 1 HP or higher. Openers with 1 HP also last longer than ¾ HP doors but cost more initially. Garage door openers with 1 HP motors average $180 to $400.

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Cost of a Garage Door Opener Remote by Type

Another factor in the cost of garage door openers is the entry type. The first type is by remote control. With remotes, transmitters send a message to the door motor to tell it to open or close the door. These remotes can be attached to keychains or car visors. Many also have security technology that makes hacking more difficult:

Cost of a Garage Door Opener Remote by Type

Cost of a Garage Door Opener Remote by Type

Remote TypeAverage Cost
Keychain$15 - $30
Visor Clip$25 - $35
Keypad$40 - $55
MyQ$50 - $90

Keychain Garage Door Opener

A keychain garage door opener fits in the palm of your hand and is a powerful way to remotely control the garage. It can have one or more buttons, which can be programmed to correspond to different doors. They also are fairly inexpensive. They must be either a universal remote or be paired specifically to the opener to work properly. A disadvantage is that radio frequencies can interfere with the opener, causing the effective range to shorten. The average price is between $15 and $30.

Visor Clip Garage Door Opener

A visor clip remote is similar to a keychain remote. These remotes have several buttons to open different sections of the garage, but like keychain clip openers, they also suffer from radio frequency interference. They can be universal openers or specific to a particular door. Costs range from $25 to $35.

Garage Door Keypad Installation Cost

Another possibility is to install a keypad to open the garage. The keypad is usually installed on the wall beside the door. Instead of using a remote to enter the garage, you type your PIN into the keypad. This type of entry also allows you to create a temporary PIN to give a repairman or meter reader access to your home. You also can have a remote keypad that uses the same code as the wall keypad. A disadvantage of this type of entry is that you must remember a PIN. Also, since the keypads are mounted outside, they are subject to vandalism and damage. The average cost for a garage door keypad is $40 to $55.

MyQ Garage Door Opener Installation

Smart MyQ technology allows you to control your opener from anywhere using your smartphone. One advantage is that you do not need any extra remotes to keep up with. In addition, if you forget to lock the door before you leave, you can lock it remotely. You can also share access to your home with others through the app and know when your garage has been opened. An Internet connection is required. Another disadvantage is that they are more expensive than radio-controlled technology. MyQ garage door openers have a wide range of prices, but the average tends to be around $50 to $90.

New Garage Door Opener Cost by Brand

Several manufacturers produce quality openers. Each brand has strengths and weaknesses, and not all brands make all types of openers. Once you have determined the type of opener you need, narrow down the brand choices. Then, decide which brand offers the best features for your budget.

New Garage Door Opener Cost by Brand

BrandAverage Cost
Genie$150 - $250
Chamberlain$200 - $250
Craftsman$200 - $250
Hormann$200 - $275
LiftMaster$250 - $400
Ryobi$250 - $400
Linear$350 - $400

Genie Garage Door Opener Cost

Genie is a popular brand and has many reliable options. It is also more budget-friendly than other brands. However, a disadvantage is that many of its models need rail extension kits or Smart connect packages, which are sold separately. Average prices range from $150 to $250.

Chamberlain Garage Door Opener Cost

Chamberlain is a popular brand known for its Smart technology and security features. It produces various types including belt-driven, direct-drive, and chain-driven openers, all available with Wi-Fi and battery backup. Some of its models include encryption technology and automatic locking features. However, Chamberlain openers usually require a very strong Wi-Fi signal to operate. The average cost for a Chamberlain opener is usually $200 to $250.

Craftsman Garage Door Opener Cost

Craftsman is known for making products that are very reliable, offering a variety of opener options including belt-driven, chain-driven, and Smart technology. Some of its models operate on a tri frequency, which prevents interference with other appliances. Most Craftsman openers automatically close the door after a period of time, but many of them are not compatible with HomeLink.And in some cases, the Internet Gateway is sold separately. Expect to pay between $200 and $250.

Hormann Garage Door Opener

Hormann produces doors and openers and is known for high-quality engineering. Its Silent Drive series is popular and can open doors up to 12 feet high, quickly and quietly. The series also has an intelligent motion guard and limited lifetime warranty. One disadvantage is that Hormann is sold only through authorized dealers and cannot be found in major retailers. It has some higher-priced models, but the average prices range from $200 to $275.

LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Cost

Liftmaster has a long history of making openers, focusing on being the safest. It also makes a variety of types, including Jackshaft, belt, and chain-driven. An advantage of LiftMaster models is the large number of options. However, the Internet gateway is usually sold separately, and LiftMaster requires professional installation. Prices vary, with the average cost being between $250 and $400.

Ryobi Garage Door Opener Cost

Ryobi is known for innovative technology. Its newest belt-driven opener has a 2 HP motor and LED light to illuminate the garage. It can be controlled from a smartphone, has a lithium-ion battery for backup power, and accessories that can play your favorite music or help you park your car. A drawback of this opener is that it has not been on the market long enough to compare its lifespan with others. The average price of a Ryobi garage door opener is between $250 and $400, although accessories can increase this cost.

Linear Garage Door Opener

Linear Corp makes openers and remotes with brand names of Linear, Allister, Allstar, and Pulsar. They are known for performance and innovation. The remotes are designed to work with openers from many manufacturers. The parent company, Linear, also makes a wide variety of openers. Linear openers sell for an average price range of $350 to $400, but they are only available through professional installers.

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Garage Door Opener Installation Cost

The length of time required to install a garage opener depends on several factors. These include whether you are replacing a current opener, installing one from scratch, and the opener type. When installing the opener yourself, allow 4-6 hours. A professional can likely finish the task in 2-4 hours at an hourly rate of about $65 to $100. When you add the cost of the opener to labor costs, the total average cost to install a garage door opener is about $480.

To install one of the most popular openers, a chain-driven residential double garage unit, the installer first assembles the rail. Then, the rail is fastened to the motor unit and the chain is installed. The lumber that anchors to the framing above the doors, which is known as the header bracket support, is installed next. The door is then hung and the contractor installs the door bracket and arm afterward. They then add the electronics, program the opener, and test to make sure the door operates correctly.

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Garage Door Opener Replacement Cost

There are generally two different circumstances that require installing an opener. Either the garage completely lacks an opener, or the current opener needs to be replaced, perhaps due to age or damage.

Generally, a direct replacement is less expensive to install than a completely new one. This is because existing openers will already have some of the necessary components in place. So, the installation merely involves removing the old opener and replacing it with the new model.

As long as you are not changing the size and the new opener is compatible with your existing structure, expect to pay less for the installation. Generally, a replacement garage door opener with installation costs around $390. The more structural changes there are, the more costly the installation becomes.

Garage Door Opener Repair Cost

The amount of maintenance required depends on the opener type. Chain-drive openers typically require the most maintenance. For example, you must lubricate the chain and adjust its limit, tighten loose hardware, keep the rails greased, and clean the light. Garage opener repair costs depend on the scope of repairs. For example, a new trolley costs about $25, while a new torsion spring ranges from $40 to $100.

Signs that your opener needs maintenance are slowness in response, refusal to open and close the door entirely, sagging doors, excessive noise, and increasing energy bills.

Replace Direct-Drive Garage Door Opener

A direct-drive opener needs to be replaced when it reacts slowly to commands to open and close, or it opens intermittently. The opener has an average cost of $300 to $500. Labor costs should average about $250. The total replacement costs are about $550 to $750.

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Enhancements and Improvement Costs

Garage Door Opener Light Installation

A light on your garage opener can illuminate your entire garage. This is especially useful when it is dark outside, and you need to maneuver your car in and out of the garage. Most modern openers come with a light. If the opener does not already have a light, you can install one for about $50 to $100 if the wiring is in place. If not, you need to add the cost of an electrician for about 1 hour at $40 to $100 per hour.

Installing Garage Door Sensors

Garage door sensors tell your door to stop closing if something is in its way. This can be particularly useful if you have small children or a big vehicle. Some openers already have sensors included. Many older openers did not originally include sensors. To add them now, first check to be sure the older opener can accommodate them since many cannot. The cost is about $40.

Add Battery Backup to Garage Door Opener

If your garage opener does not have a battery backup, you can add one. The benefit of a battery backup is that if your home loses power, you can still open and shut your garage. The average cost ranges from $75 to $120.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • The springs in your door wear down over time and can slow your door as well as create safety risks. Check your springs periodically because it is easier to replace springs than your entire door. Garage door springs usually cost between $50 and $290, depending on the spring type. Torsion springs cost the most, while extension springs cost the least.
  • Installing a garage door opener is not an easy task. When thinking about doing it yourself, consider the time and costs required, as well as the risks. A professional can install a new garage opener in 2 or 3 hours. A do-it-yourselfer requires twice as long. And, installing it yourself may invalidate warranties.
  • If you have never had an electric opener before, an electrician first needs to install wiring. The cost depends on how far the garage is from your home and the number of outlets you need. The hourly rate for electrical work is usually between $40 and $100.
  • There are payment plans to consider when purchasing a garage door opener. Consult with each company about your options. Some companies offer flexible payment plans or financing options for those who would rather break up their payments.
  • If you have a garage door opener already but want to install a new one, you must remove your old one first. If you do not feel comfortable with a DIY project, then call a licensed electrician to do it for you. The average cost to hire an electrician to do the work is roughly $40 to $100 per hour for labor.
  • Almost all openers come with a warranty. The warranty of your opener varies, depending on where you purchased the product. The owner’s manual should give you the specific warranty information. Service is usually not covered by the warranty. If the owner chooses to have a professional service the opener or if the installation is DIY, the warranty will likely not cover any repairs.
  • A garage opener should last on average between 10-15 years. This is an average and could be more or less, depending on how often it is used. If you keep up with the maintenance, it helps increase the lifespan of the product.


  • How much does it cost to install a garage door opener?

The average labor costs of installing a garage door opener ranges from $130 to $400. The costs for the opener itself typically range from $130 to $640, making the average cost $260 to $1,040.

  • How do you install a garage door opener?

The process of installing an opener includes preparing the main parts for assembly, assembling the parts, then attaching the blocking, motor component, and brackets. Next, the components are put into place, and the additional features, such as the carriage, light bulbs, keypads, and sensors, are installed. And finally, testing the door and all the working parts must be done to ensure that your new door is running smoothly.

  • How much does it cost to install a new garage door and a new opener?

The cost depends on the type of door and opener. For example, an 8’x7’ insulated steel rollup garage door costs between $474 and $4,078 to install, with the average cost being $992. A garage door opener, professionally installed, costs between $300 and $940, with an average price of $480. The total for a door and opener in this example is $774 to $5,018, with the average cost being $1,472.

  • What is the best type of garage door opener?

The best type of opener depends on several factors, including the door weight and size, whether quietness is an issue, and if you need a wall-mounted opener.

  • How much horsepower does a garage door opener need?

The amount of horsepower required depends on the door weight and size. Most garages doors can be opened with motors having ½ or ¾ HP, but more powerful motors tend to last longer. For large doors or doors made with heavy materials like wood, a 1 HP motor may be required.

  • How long does a garage door opener last?

Most last about 10 to 15 years, depending on the opener type and HP of the motor. For example, a chain-drive opener typically lasts longer than a belt-drive motor. AC-powered motors usually last longer than DC-powered ones. Motors with more horsepower last longer than those with less horsepower.

  • When should I replace my garage door opener?

One way to determine if you need to replace the opener is to open the door halfway. The door should stay in place. If it does not, it is time to replace the opener. Another sign is that your opener works only intermittently. A door rising more slowly or detaching from the opener is another indication. A noisy door or one that vibrates more than usual may also be a hint.

  • How much does it cost for a new garage door opener?

The price of a new opener varies depending on the brand, type, and horsepower. The cost for a new garage door opener typically ranges from $130 to $640.

  • How long does it take to install a garage door opener?

A professional can install the opener in 2-3 hours. A nonprofessional requires about twice as long.

Cost to install a garage door opener varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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