It’s time to get a new garage door opener, and you’re considering installing it yourself. You can save money by handling the installation on your own, but you should be aware of the risks that come with managing your own installation. Here are a few things to consider before you install your own garage door opener:

  • Cost: The typical range to install a garage door opener can be anywhere from $200 – $450, with some as cheap as $100 and some as expensive as $750. Still, you’ll use your garage door opener for years if it’s installed correctly, so it might be worth the investment.
  • Time: The average time to install a garage door opener is about 4-6 hours. This can vary based on how handy you are and whether or not you’ve installed one before. If you enjoy building and DIY projects, then the hours you invest on installation may be time well spent!
  • Type of opener: Not all garage door openers even come with the products to install them correctly. In this case, you’ll need to hire a professional who has access to their own parts. However, if you’re replacing a current installation instead of installing a new one, hiring a professional may not be the best option. Some manufacturers can sell you replacement products that fit a current installation, in which case you’ll save a lot of money doing it yourself. Besides, replacing an installation can be much faster than installing a new one, so you won’t be spending nearly as much time.
  • Quality of installation: A professional can typically do a neater job of installing your garage door opener. Remember, you’re going to be using your opener for years to come, so you want to make sure it’s installed correctly the first time. Improper installation can lead to unnecessary noise as well as the opener breaking early.

Your garage door opener is critical for safety, and its installation is important. Make sure you consider the costs and benefits of installing one yourself vs hiring someone to help you. For more information on garage doors, contact us.