Cost to Install a Garage Door Opener – 2024 Prices

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.

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.

2024 Garage Door Opener Costs

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National Average Price $350
Typical Price Range $225 - $850

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How Much Does a Garage Door Opener Cost?

The average price to install a garage door opener is $350 and typically ranges between $220 and $550 for a professional installation.[1] Those who choose to do it themselves usually spend $220 for the opener and parts.

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 WiFi capabilities for smartphone operation.

If you have an older opener and you’re on the fence, consider that updating to a new opener will likely offer improved safety, quieter operation, better security, and a slew of newer features.[2]

person opening garage using a garage door opener remote

Type of Garage Door Opener

Although some top-rated consumer-grade garage door openers are available for $150 – $300,[3] there are several types of openers, and they all vary in cost.

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, particularly if you live in an area where power failures are common.

Eco-Friendly Openers

Most do not give any thought to how much energy a closed-door uses. The phantom load of energy your garage door opener consumes in 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.

Chain-Drive Opener

A chain-driven opener is the most economical to buy, and repairs are typically cheaper. However, the chain-drive is the noisiest and normally does not have a battery backup in case of power outages. Expect to pay ‎$150-$300.

Belt-Drive Opener

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 may be more expensive.

These usually come with WiFi capabilities and battery backup, and cost between $200-$250.

Screw-Drive Opener

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.

Direct-Drive Opener

‎Other than new wall-mounted openers, direct-drive openers are usually the quietest and most straightforward to operate, which typically makes them more expensive for the initial purchase.

This opener also uses a belt or chain, but unlike true belt or chain operators, where the motor is stationary and the belt or chain moves, this opener moves the motor itself. Because the chain is stationary, it’s much quieter.

However, what you pay initially will often come back over time with less maintenance and lower energy use. Expect to pay $250-$450.


These are a new direct-drive space-saving technology, and therefore, the most expensive, though quietest. These door openers are excellent for a garage with a low ceiling. The mechanism is mounted on the wall by the door. These openers cost between $400 and $650.

If you are moving from a ceiling mount to a wall mount, keep in mind that your costs may be higher, as not all doors will work with the new setup. Likewise, this will require you to leave more wall space empty, which can be hard in garages used for work or storage.

Other Considerations

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.

Keep in mind that costs will vary depending on the location of your garage and how finished it already is.

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 for a standard 7′ door and usually ranges from $120 – $300.[4] 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.[5] 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.


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