How Much Does it Cost to Install a Garage Door Opener?

Do you want a new opener installed for your garage door? You can expect to pay somewhere between $200 and $450 to install a garage door opener, including parts and labor.

The main variation in the cost to install a garage door opener comes from the type of opener you select. There are several different types, which are grouped according to the kind of drive that operates them.

Types of Garage Door Opener 

Garage Door Opener Type

Price Range

Features

Important to Know

CHAIN DRIVEN

Least expensive

*Most common

*Reliable

*Noisiest

Buy full-length chain, not chain/cable

SCREW DRIVEN

Mid-price

*Fastest, most powerful

*Fewer moving parts = lower maintenance

Temperature sensitive

BELT DRIVEN

Expensive

*Reliable

*Quiet

DIRECT-DRIVE

Similar to belt driven

*Very quiet

*Motor is the only moving part

*High-quality construction

*Lifetime warranty

JACKSHAFT

Most expensive

*Wall-mounted

Cost Breakdown

  • Materials -- The cost for materials includes the garage door opener and incidental fittings, etc. A remote and a security lighting fixture are frequently also included. An outside keypad is an additional convenience.
  • Labor -- Labor cost covers installation of the garage door opener. If any other components relating to the garage door need to be repaired or replaced, that will add to the expense.

Get the Most for Your Money

The top garage door openers on the market come with a lifetime warranty on their motor. Warranties on the chain or belt and other parts can range from 12 months to several years. Your garage door pro should give you a warranty on labor as well.

How much horsepower do you need? Choose 1/2 hp for sectional aluminum garage doors, which are relatively lightweight, and 3/4 hp for heavier wooden ones.

Do you have a garage door which is taller than the standard 7 feet? Extend your garage door opener's capacity with a special kit.

Keep your garage secure! Purchase a garage door opener with rolling codes that change after each use to foil would-be intruders. Make sure you have battery backup in case of a power failure.

Use your smart phone or tablet to operate your garage door opener and monitor its status remotely.