By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Most of us take our garage door opener for granted until it stops doing its job and we have to raise and lower a heavy door manually. Once a luxury, this device is now a necessity. With a simple click the device opens a cumbersome door and provides the security of remaining in the car. Today's opener systems are designed to operate with emergency battery-power in case of a power outage, and to be opened or closed manually in case of an emergency.
A garage door installation service charges $378 to replace an electric garage door opener in a typical two-car garage, which includes the labor and material. If you're a handy homeowner, you can replace an old unit with a new one for $210, the garage door opener installation cost, and save 44 percent. The units are sold online and at home centers and hardware stores. You'll need basic carpentry and electrical tools, including screwdrivers, a hammer, adjustable wrench, socket wrench, tape measure, drill driver, hack saw, pliers, wire stripper and carpenter's level. You'll also need a ladder, and it's useful to have a helper with a ladder.
The job involves several steps: identifying the components of the opener and assembling it; attaching the door hardware; installing the power unit on the ceiling of the garage; and connecting it to an electrical outlet. Plan on spending the better part of a day to complete the installation.
Watch a video from Chamberlain about How to Install a Garage Door Opener.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
For safety’s sake check the auto-reverse sensor of any garage door opener once a month by putting a block of wood on the garage floor in the path of the door and close it. It should reverse direction within 2 seconds, if it doesn’t disconnect the opener and operate the door manually.
Now you know the average cost to install a garage door opener, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.