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Typical Range: $218 - $512

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April 14, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Home Building & Remodeling Expert.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Cost to Install Garage Door Opener

A garage door opener install costs between $218 and $512 or $356 on average. For this project, expect to pay $150 to $500 for parts plus $65 to $85 per hour for labor. The final price largely depends on the brand, model and horsepower rating of the selected system.

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National Average $356
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New Garage Door Opener Installation Cost

Expect to pay between $219 and $510, or up to $800 to have a new garage door operator installed. Depending on your selected model, the system will cost $150 to $500. You may also need $50 to $75 in extra parts and equipment rentals. The remainder is the labor rate of $65 to $85 per hour for two to six hours. The extra time allows for precise placement of the brackets and system components.

Cost to Replace Garage Door Opener

Most pros include removal of your old garage door opener in the average cost of $510. As with a new install, the system will still run $150 to $500, depending on the brand, model and horsepower rating.

Cost to Replace Garage Door Opener Remote & Lighting

If the garage door keypad needs replacement, it will run between $30 to $60. New remotes are similarly priced at $30 to $40 each. The lighting system, however, is closer to $50 to $100 for operators that do not come with one installed. If just the bulb needs replacement, it only costs around $10. Here's a tip: Replace all incandescent bulbs with high-lumens LED bulbs. You'll recover the cost of the LED bulbs very quickly.

Although many systems come with all these components, not all do. If not, they are available as add-ons to improve the function and convenience of the operator. Most add-ons are plug and play, allowing for quick setup on your own or by a garage door opener company near you. When installing lighting on a new system, an electrician may need to come through to run the wiring.

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Automatic Garage Door Opener Prices by Type

When choosing a garage door opener, you must select between chain, belt and screw driven models. Weigh the following factors and price points to see which one might work best for your needs.

Chain-Driven Operators

Chain-driven operators cost $150 to $250 due to their basic design. They use a metal chain to push and pull the garage door along the tracks as needed to raise and lower it. Since they were the first automatic openers to hit the market, their design is somewhat outdated. They are also much louder than the other models as they work to move the door on demand.  

Belt-Driven Operators

If you choose belt-driven operators, you will pay anywhere from $160 to $450. As the modern solution to noisy chain-driven models, they are a popular choice for homeowners everywhere. They use a strong belt to move the door up and down without the fanfare. The tradeoff is that they are more expensive to buy and maintain.

Screw-Driven Operators

Screw-driven operators are $200 to $500 due to their decline in popularity. Although these models once were the leading solution to noisy chains, belt-driven models put many of them out of service. Since they use plastic parts at key junctions, they have high maintenance needs as well. In recent years, many manufacturers stopped creating this type of opener.

Commercial Garage Door Opener Price

At $300 to $1,500, commercial garage door operators are much more expensive than residential models. At the lower end of the spectrum are manual lift models, while automatic systems have higher price points. These auto models are pricier due to the additional horsepower and chain strength needed to lift huge overhead commercial doors.

If you are unsure which to use, you can ask a trusted local garage door opener installation expert.

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DIY vs. Hire a Garage Door Motor Pro

With the right level of skill and know-how, it is possible to complete the garage door operator install as a DIY project. But use caution: Garage door openers have high-tension springs that, if not installed or replaced properly, can cause injury or even death. At the very least, consult with a garage door pro before starting any DIY installations or repairs. If you would rather leave it to a professional, then simply hire a garage door motor pro. Either way, make sure to have reverse sensors installed with the system. These sensors detect obstructions and reverse the door's movement to prevent injuries.


How much horsepower does my garage door opener need?

Single garage doors, or aluminum ones in any size, only need half horsepower openers. For double doors, usually over 14 feet long, use a three-quarter to 1.25 horsepower system instead. If you need help selecting the right model, ask a garage door repair pro for recommendations.

What are the best garage door opening apps?

Some homeowners choose to replace traditional remote garage door openers with Wi-Fi-connected smartphone apps. Here are a few to consider:

  • myQ®
  • GarageMate
  • Open Sesame
  • Gogogate2
  • PalGate
  • GarageSmart

How much power does a garage door opener use?

A basic garage door operator uses about 340 watts during opening and closing movements. If the system has a light, it uses another 110 watts when in operation. In total, a fully-equipped system uses 450 watts every time you use it.

How much does it cost for a new garage door?

A new single garage door costs between $300 and $1,100. Double door models start at $800 and go all the way up to $2,000. Installation costs increase the total to $600 to $2,500.

How long do garage door openers last?

With normal usage, garage door openers last 10 to 15 years. If the model does not have enough horsepower to open and close the door with ease, it may not last nearly that long. For best results, match the operator to the door size and always use it as directed.

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