How much does a garage door opener installation cost?
Ashburn, VA

How much does a garage door opener installation cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much does a garage door opener installation cost?

$300 – $900average total cost installed

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$300 – $900 average total cost installed


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Cost to install a garage door opener

A garage door opener costs $300 to $900 on average with installation, depending on the brand, type, and whether it's a replacement or a new install. A garage door opener costs $150 to $500 for the unit itself, while labor fees range from $150 to $400. Extra features like backup batteries cost more.

Average cost to install a garage door opener - Chart
Average cost to install a garage door opener - Chart
Average cost to install a garage door opener
National Average Cost $600
Minimum Cost $220
Maximum Cost $1,100
Average Range $300 to $900

An automatic garage door opener with an emergency pull cord
An automatic garage door opener with an emergency pull cord
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Garage door opener cost by type

Garage door opener prices vary depending on the type. Chain and belt drives use a metal chain or steel-reinforced belt to pull the door up and are the most common choice. Direct-drive openers use a stationary chain and a moving motor and are the least noisy option.

Garage door opener cost by type
Opener type Average cost
(unit only)
Chain drive $150 – $250
Belt drive $200 – $450
Screw drive $200 – $500
Direct drive $300 – $500

  • Chain drive – Many garage door openers use a metal chain connected to the motor to lift the door. This option is affordable and reliable, but it's noisy and prone to rust over time.

  • Belt drive – A belt drive opener uses a steel-reinforced rubber belt instead of a metal chain, which makes less noise but may not last as long. These openers often have a battery backup option.

  • Screw drive – A screw drive opener uses a rotating metal rod to lift the door. This type costs more than chain or belt drives but is quiet and reliable.

  • Direct drive – A direct drive opener uses the motor itself instead of a chain, belt, or screw to open the garage door. This is the most expensive type, but it's quiet, strong, and low maintenance.

Two openers installed on a 3 car garage
Two openers installed on a 3 car garage

Garage door motor replacement cost

Garage door motor replacements are relatively straightforward but can cost as much as or more than a replacement opener. The following table shows the motor replacement costs for different opener types, including labor:

Garage door motor cost
Opener type Average motor replacement cost
Chain drive $300 – $600
Belt drive $300 – $700
Screw drive $350 – $650
Direct drive $400 – $800

Garage door accessories

Garage door opener keypads typically cost $20 to $70. Garage door remotes costs $20 to $40 each, depending on the brand and number of buttons. Openers cost more when they have features like Wi-Fi compatibility, backup batteries, built-in cameras, automatic opener sensors, or wireless keypads.

A garage door opener keypad mounted next to the garage door on a home
A garage door opener keypad mounted next to the garage door on a home

Garage door opener installation cost factors

The cost to install a garage door opener depends on the opener type and any upgrades or accessories.

Garage door opener cost factors
Factor Average cost
Materials $150 – $500
Labor $150 – $400
Total cost $300 – $900

The following factors influence total installation costs:

  • Number of doors – Some garages have two small garage doors rather than one double door. While smaller doors don't need high-horsepower motors, you'll have to pay to install two openers.

  • New vs. replacement – Most companies include the cost of removing an old opener with labor, but some charge extra for the time it takes to remove it.

  • Safety sensors – New garage door sensors typically cost $25 to $100. Some estimates don’t include the cost of sensors, and new opener systems may not be compatible with existing sensors.

  • Repairs Garage door repair costs $75 to $300 for the opener. Repairing a garage door spring costs $40 to $150 on average.

  • Garage door – The cost to install a new garage door is $800 to $1,800 for a 2-car garage, depending on the style, size, and quality. A single-car garage door costs $550 to $1,300, including the door, labor, tracks, and materials.

  • Bundling – If you're also installing new garage doors, springs, or other parts, you may be able to get a discount.

Labor

Most garage door opener installers charge $150 to $400 in labor fees. If the garage door is taller than 7 to 8 feet, they may charge an extra $50 to $100 to install an extension kit. Check with the installer to see if they'll need any additional parts.

Running electricity to a garage costs $10 to $25 per linear foot. If you don't have an existing electric garage door opener, an electrician needs to install wiring. The total cost will depend on how far the garage is from your home and the number of outlets you need.

An installer adjusting the chain on a garage door opener
An installer adjusting the chain on a garage door opener

Garage door opener cost by brand

Most installers have garage door openers on hand. If you choose to buy the opener yourself and have it installed, you can find popular brands at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe's. The following table shows the pricing for different brands of garage door openers:

Garage door opener price by brand
Opener brand Average cost
(materials only)
Genie $150 – $450
LiftMaster $250 – $500
Chamberlain $150 – $500
Craftsman $150 – $350
Sommer $150 – $300
Guardian $200 – $400
Hormann $200 – $700
Linear $250 – $400

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Garage door opener installation on two car garage with windows
Garage door opener installation on two car garage with windows

Garage door opener FAQs

How does a garage door opener work?

Garage door openers use an electric motor to lift and lower the door. The motor pulls a chain or belt, rotates a screw, or moves along a chain to lift the door. When you push the button on a garage door remote, it sends a radio signal to the opener.

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

Installing a garage door opener takes 2 to 6 hours, depending on whether the job is a replacement or a new install. Swapping out an opener takes less time than installing the opener, brackets, springs, and sensors.

How long do garage door openers last?

Garage door openers last 10 to 15 years on average, depending on the horsepower, the garage door's weight, and how often you use it. Most garage door openers are rated for opening and closing 10,000 times. Regular maintenance can also help the opener last longer.

What size garage door opener do I need?

Most garage door openers have 1/2 horsepower. A small, lightweight, or aluminum garage door may only need 1/3 horsepower. A large, heavy, or wood garage door may need 3/4 horsepower. Ask your installer how much power they recommend for your garage.

Getting estimates from garage door opener installers

Before hiring a garage door opener installer near you, follow these steps:

  • Compare at least 3 estimates from installers that have been in business for 5+ years.

  • Choose an installer who is licensed, bonded, insured, and has positive reviews on sites like HomeGuide and Google.

  • Get a written contract and warranty before they begin the garage door opener installation.

  • Avoid the cheapest installation estimate, which often indicates lower quality.

  • Don't pay in full until the installation is done.

Questions to ask garage door opener installers

Ask installers these questions before the project starts:

  • How long have you been in business?

  • What type of opener do you recommend for my garage?

  • How much horsepower will I need?

  • Will I need an extension for my garage door?

  • Does this estimate include removing the old opener?

  • What other costs might come up during the installation?

  • How long will this job take?

  • What does your warranty cover?

  • What maintenance, if any, is required after the installation