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Electric garage door openers can be tricky to install. Professional garage door installers have the proper tools and know-how to make the upgrade easy. Costs for a professional garage door opener installation depend on the type of garage door, whether the system includes a remote control or lighting, whether the task requires an electrician, whether the garage door uses a belt drive or chain drive, and whether the pro must remove an old garage door opener.

Type

The three main types of garage door openers are chain-drive (the cheapest but the loudest), screw-drive and belt-drive (the most expensive but the quietest). Generally speaking, all three cost about the same. Each type of garage door opener has its own advantages and disadvantages, and a professional garage door installer can help determine which type is best for any given garage. Different garage door brands may work better with certain garage door openers. The average cost of a garage door opener is $150 to $300.

Installation

Garage door opener installation generally costs about the same price as the average cost of the opener. A-Team Garage Doors in Denver can install an opener purchased separately by the customer for $150, but the company also sells openers with installation as a package. A chain-drive opener with installation and one remote costs $350, and a belt-drive opener with installation and one remote costs $400. Schoewe Services of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, offers a belt-drive opener with two remotes for $400.

Remote and lighting

Some garage door openers come with a remote control and security lighting or other safety features, such as a battery backup if the electricity goes out; some don’t. If not included, these components generally have a minimal cost. A-Team Garage Doors charges $65 for parts and labor for a remote and $80 for parts and labor for a keypad.

Electrical work

Some garage door installations require electrical work if the wiring isn’t in place to support the garage door opener. Most electricians know what needs to be done to meet industry standards and can take care of the job in an hour or so. Pros also have the proper tools, including a wire stripper, hacksaw and socket wrench, and many will guarantee their work with a lifetime warranty. Some garage door installers can handle electrical work themselves, and this service might be included in the overall installation cost.

Removal

Some installers charge extra to remove an existing garage door opener, and some include this task in the overall fee. Ask about this when you get an estimate for the garage door opener installation work.

Maintenance

Garage door openers generally last around 10 years, but they do require occasional maintenance. Homeowners can perform many fixes themselves, but professional installers can fix problems quickly, often for the price of a service call. Creative Garage Doors in Englewood, Colorado, repairs garage door openers for $100.

Pro tips

  • Make sure whatever company you use is licensed, bonded and insured. Otherwise, you can be liable if an accident occurs during installation.

  • Ask about any discounts or specials. For example, Local Garage Doors - Sacramento in Folsom, California, offers $50 off on garage door openers.
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