There is perhaps no better time saver than an automatic garage door opener. For the commuter going to and from work, to the harried shopper with kids and groceries, a push of a button is all it takes to get into the garage.
In the past, we had to get out, open the door, drive into the garage, and then, get out and close the door. Now we can click the button on a remote or smartphone.
Perhaps, you’ve been resisting the convenience, haven’t had the budget, or your door opener is past its prime. Whatever the reason for buying a new garage door opener, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost to install a new one.
The average price to install a garage door opener is $350 and typically ranges between $225 and $850. The cost of labor is the most significant factor, after the price of the opener itself. Other considerations are the brand, horsepower, drive, remote, and extra features such as battery backup or wi-fi capabilities for smartphone operation.
Type of Garage Door Opener
There are several types of garage door openers. The following are examples of garage door types to consider. However, it would be best if you did not purchase an opener that does not have a battery backup and remote opening capabilities.
Most do not give any thought to how much energy a closed-door uses. The “phantom load” your garage door opener consumes in the standby mode 24/7 could be more than it uses to open and close.
Older models use as much as 14 watts in standby. Look for an eco-friendly model that uses only one or two watts in standby. These energy-efficient models average $400 – $450 before installation.
A chain-driven opener is the most economical to buy, and repairs are typically cheaper. However, the chain-drive is the noisiest and normally do not have a battery backup in case of power outages. Expect to pay $150-$300.
The belt-driven opener is quieter than the chain-driven opener, primarily because the belt is made of rubber with steel reinforcements. Although these units require less maintenance than a chain-drive, repairs are more expensive.
These usually come with wi-fi capabilities, battery backup, and cost between $200-$250.
The screw-driven opener is the quietest and simplest operation of these three. Because the unit uses a metal screw that rotates to open the door, the required maintenance is a semi-annual application of lubricant. These are slightly more expensive than a chain or belt drive at $200-$350.
Other than the new wall-mounted, these are usually the quietest and most straightforward to operate; which typically makes it more expensive for the initial purchase.
However, what you pay initially will often come back over time with less maintenance and less energy use. Expect to pay $250-$450.
These are a new direct-drive space-saving technology, and therefore, most expensive, though quietest. These door openers are excellent for the garage with a low ceiling. The mechanism is mounted on the wall by the door. These openers cost between $400 and $650.
When installing a garage door opener for the first time, you might need an electrician to install a receptacle. The cost of a receptacle is about $200, depending on the difficulty of the installation.
DIY vs. Professional Installation
There are many DIY videos on the internet, and some manufacturers include a video or link to a how-to video. If you do decide to DIY, you will need some help from at least one other person, basic tools like a drill, screwdrivers, wrenches, a clamp, a tape measure, a hacksaw, and a step ladder.
You’ll also need about two to four hours, depending on your level of proficiency.
When you do not have the time, tools, or know-how, you should consider hiring a professional for the installation. This is often a good choice when you’re installing a new garage door, and is sometimes included in the overall price.
Many suppliers and local sales companies will also install the garage door opener. The average charge for installation is $150 – $200. It would be best if you look for a minimum 5-year warranty for parts and labor. Some might require you to pay a service fee for warranty repair.
Get estimates from contractors in your area and compare. Check their statement of work, warranty, business license, and liability insurance. If you are unfamiliar with the contractor, check their references and their Better Business Bureau rating. Get everything in writing, including who will pay for the building permit if one is required.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.