Garage Door Opener Installation Cost

The average cost of installing a garage door opener is $300 - $350.

In this guide

Cost factors
Garage door components
Power rating
Drive mechanism
Labor and installation process
Connectivity
Brands
Maintenance
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

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

A garage door opener is a motorized device that is used to open and close a garage door. Garage door openers are controlled using remotes, keypads, or even smartphones. Having a garage door opener is just as important as the door itself. The ability to open your door without having to physically step out of your car is an excellent convenience in today's society.

Garage door openers operate from a motor housed within a power unit that is attached to the garage ceiling. A drive system moves a pulley along a track when it operation. The systems are usually belt-driven, chain-driven, or screw-driven.

The price of installing a garage door opener can range from $200 to $650. This range depends on the type of opener, the brand, the added features, and horsepower.

Cost factors

There are some factors that need to be considered that will affect the cost of your garage door opener. These cost factors include opening speed and noise level.

Opening speed

The opening speed of a garage opener plays a role in the cost of a garage door opener. Garage door openers of lower speeds, such as a 1/3 horsepower opener, will cost an average of $120-$200. For garage door openers of faster speeds, such as a 3/4 horsepower opener, costs are an average of $200-$350.

Noise level

Garage door openers that cause the door to make more noise when in motion will be less expensive. In contrast, you will pay more for a garage door opener that is very quiet. Louder garage door openers will range from $120-$200, whereas quieter ones will cost around $200-$300.

Garage door components

Remotes or keypads

One way to control the opening and closing of your garage door is by using a remote. The remotes are often handy keychain-sized controls, perfect for storing in your purse or right in your car. The remote controls are programmed using “rolling” codes. This makes it harder for thieves or burglars to get access to your security code and break in. The garage door will only function using the appropriate transmitters with assigned codes. Remote controls are included in the package when purchasing a garage door opener. If they are misplaced or broken, the cost of purchasing a replacement remote control for your garage door averages between $25 and $50.

Another way to control the opening and closing of your garage door is using a keypad. This is a great way to get into the garage without having to worry about having your key or remote control. Key pads are often installed on the outside of the garage door on the wall. Keypads are controlled using a PIN number that you enter using the touchpad. You can do this to open and close the garage. You can even create temporary PINs for giving access to your repair workers, delivery men, or even neighbors, for a keyless entry. Keypads can be purchased separately from a garage door opener. Keypads for garage doors average in price between $25-$70.

Lighting

Many garage door openers can be purchased with lighting features. The lighting features can be for security reasons or simply for light in the garage. The light is mounted right on the motor housing and will turn on when you use the opener. The light will stay on for approximately 15 to 30 seconds after the garage door is closed, but can also be turned on using a remote control or a wall-mounted switch. If your garage door opener does not come with lighting features, you can have them installed for roughly $50-$100. If you need to replace the light in the lighting fixture, a light bulb will cost $10-$15. You may need to hire an electrician for installation if the wiring is not in place. The cost to hire an electrician is $65-$85 per hour, and this process will only take an hour.

Sensors

Garage door sensors 1 are safety devices that prevent the garage door from closing on people, cars, pets, or anything that may get in its way. Garage door sensors 1 are located at the side of the door opening and produce a beam of infrared light. If the beam that runs from one side to the other is interrupted, the door will automatically reverse before hitting the object. Garage door sensors 1 can be purchased separately and average in price from $50-$100.

Power rating

The amount of horsepower you need for your garage door opener is dependent on whether you want your opener to last longer or the size of your garage door. Garage door openers come in 3 different sizes, each of which are determined by a different horsepower. The chart below illustrates the 3 different horsepowers, their different uses, and average cost.

HorsepowerDetailsPrice
1/3This horsepower is good for lifting any garage door that has its weight equally distributed. Although this horsepower is generally used for lighter doors, it can be used for heavier doors if the owner is willing to replace the opener more frequently. This is the least amount of horsepower.$120-$200
1/2This horsepower is recommended for either single or double garage doors. This size horsepower is the most popular of the three kinds. This opener will last longer as it has more horsepower.$140-$260
3/4Large and heavy garage doors will need a horsepower of this kind. This is because they last the longest and provide maximum power.$200-$350


All three sizes of garage door openers have benefits and are recommended based on your specific type of garage.

Drive mechanism

There are different types of garage door openers to choose from. The three most popular are belt-driven, chain-driven, and screw-driven. Each of these differ in their features, prices, pros, and cons. All of these features are discussed below and should be taken into consideration when purchasing a garage door opener.

Belt-driven

A belt-driven opener is an average price opener. In this type of garage door opener, the motor pulls on a belt that is attached to a bar that pulls the garage door up and down. Belt-driven garage door openers range in price from $170-$350.

Chain-driven

A chain-driven opener is probably the least expensive garage door opener that you can buy. In this type of garage door opener, the motor pulls on a chain that is attached to a bar that pulls the garage door up and down. This is the same as a belt opener, however, in this case it is a chain. Chain driven garage door openers range in price from $130-$180.

Screw-driven

A screw-driven opener rotates a steel rod to open or close the garage door. In a screw-driven opener, there are far fewer components than in a belt or chain-driven opener. The average price to purchase a screw-driven garage door opener is $150 to $250.

TypeProsCons
Belt-driven

Quiet

Durable

Easy installation

Expensive

Requires maintenance

Short lifespan

Chain-driven

Less expensive

Durable

Strong

Noisy

Challenge to install

Requires maintenance

Screw-driven

Moderately priced

Powerful

Strongest

Less maintenance

Can be noisy

Slow

Labor and installation process

Installing a garage door opener requires knowledge so that it can be installed properly. Hiring a professional electrician to do the job is a good idea. Installing a garage door opener includes the following: preparation of all the main parts (the rails 2, trolley, motor component), attaching the blocking and bracket 3, installation of additional features (safety rope, light bulb, keypad, safety sensors 1), and testing to ensure that the door runs smoothly and the remotes are functioning properly.

The average cost to install a garage door opener averages $200-$650. This price includes labor costs, which average around $65-$85 per hour and will take approximately 2 hours to install. There may be the need to install a plug for the opener before installation, and this can add approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour of labor time.

Connectivity

Smartphone

With new smartphone connectivity, you can open and close your garage door opener from anywhere, right from your phone. You can even receive alerts when the garage door has been opened or closed. From your smartphone, you can download the app that is associated with your garage door opener brand. Smartphone connectivity is a feature that is built into your garage door opener, but cannot be purchased separately. Garage door openers that have this feature are on the more expensive side, and average in cost from $160-$350.

Wi-Fi

Some garage door openers also offer the option of Wi-Fi connectivity. You can simply connect your Wi-Fi garage door opener to your home wireless network. This gives you the ability to control your garage door right from your phone's Wi-Fi, or even from your computer. This makes it easy to open up your garage door from anywhere, rather than having to get up to do so, or be in range with your remote. Similar to garage door openers that have the smartphone feature, these openers are also on the more expensive side, and average in cost from $160-$350.

Brands

Illustrated in the chart are some of the most popular brands of garage door openers and their average prices.

            BrandAverage Cost/Opener
Allister$100-$200
Chamberlain$120-$250
Craftsman$140-$230
Genie$140-$370
Hormann$150-$230
LiftMaster$150-$400
Ryobi$150-$400


Maintenance

Similar to other products, there is always the possibility of requiring maintenance for your garage door opener. Any unusual movements or sounds should be addressed immediately and brought to the attention of a repairman. Eventually with time, the motor is likely to fail. Other parts, including the springs, chains, hinges 4, etc., can start to fail sooner. Replacing these parts when they start to fail will help to extend the lifespan of the product. Lubrication is a good practice to keep the chains, rollers, hinges 4, and pulleys from failing and creating expensive repair bills.

Enhancement and improvement costs

New garage door installation

If you are in need of a new garage door opener, then it is a good time to make some improvements and install a new garage door. To install a new single garage door it will cost $500-$800. A professional can complete this job in roughly 5 hours’ time.

Battery backup

Installing a garage door opener with a battery backup unit is definitely an option that you should consider. This will give you peace of mind knowing that you will still be able to operate your garage door during a power outage. Garage door openers with battery backup units generally run $50-$100 more than garage door openers without this feature. This added feature is not necessary, but will ensure that your garage door opens when the power is out.

Additional considerations and costs

  • There are payment plans to consider when purchasing a garage door opener. Consult with your companies about your options. Some companies offer flexible payment plans or financing options for those who would rather break their payments rather than paying in full.
  • If you have a garage door opener already installed, you will have to remove your old one first. If you do not feel comfortable with a DIY project, then you can call a licensed electrician to do it for you. The average cost to hire an electrician to do the work is roughly $65-$85 per hour for labor.
  • Almost all garage door openers come with a warranty. The warranty of your garage door opener will differ depending on where you purchased the product. The owner’s manual should give you the specific warranty information. Service is not covered by the warranty. If the owner chooses to have a professional service the opener or if the installation is a DIY, the warranty will not cover any repairs.
  • A garage door opener should last on average between 10-15 years. This is an average, and therefore could last more or less time. If you keep up with the maintenance, it can help to increase the lifespan of the product.

FAQ

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

The price of installing a garage door opener can range from $200 to $650.

  • How do you install a garage door opener?

The process of installing a garage door opener includes preparing the main parts for assembly, assembling parts, and then attaching the blocking, motor component, and brackets 3. Next, the components will be put into place and the additional features such as the carriage, light bulbs, keypads, and sensors 1 will be installed. Lastly, the testing of the garage door and all working parts will be done to ensure that your new garage door is running smoothly.

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

To install a new single garage door it will cost $500-$800.

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

It will cost an average of $500-$800 to install a new garage door. A professional will be able to complete it in roughly five hours. If the removal of an old garage door is necessary, this will cost $200 per door including 4 man-hours of labor.

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

A new garage door opener averages in price depending on the brand, type, and horsepower. The cost for a new garage door opener ranges from $200-$650.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Sensors: Device that responds to a physical event or change in the environment by emitting an output signal
2 Rails: A long bar designed for a person to hold onto, giving them support. They are usually found on the sides of staircases, and can also be found in bathrooms, for example, to help persons with disabilities
3 Bracket: A support that projects outward from one surface to hold another surface to it, such as attaching a shelf to a wall or piece of furniture. Brackets can also be used to strengthen joins between two materials
4 Hinges: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame

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.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Elkhart, IN
-5%
Florissant, MO
+17%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Graham, WA
-1%
Hammond, IN
+11%
Hempstead, NY
+31%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jonesboro, GA
-4%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Las Cruces, NM
-43%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Madison, WI
+13%
Medford, NJ
+45%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Naperville, IL
+47%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Olympia, WA
-15%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburg, CA
+30%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Jose, CA
+33%

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