Garage Door Opener Installation Costs

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*All the information you need before replacing your
Garage Door Opener:

A garage door is probably one of the most important parts of the house because it operates multiple times in a day as your home’s primary point of entrance. However, it is also the most forgotten part, when it comes to maintenance.

If you are planning to replace your garage door opener anytime soon, let us help you out in deciding the best one for you.

In this article, we are going to consider these brands: Chamberlain garage door opener, Liftmaster garage door opener, and Craftsman garage door opener. These are considered as the best garage door openers of 2018 because they are known for offering high-end access products and solutions.

We will also discuss the pros and cons and differences between the belt drive and the chain drive, and their respective costs of garage door opener installation.

Chamberlain Garage Door Openers

Chamberlain belt drive garage door openers are available in different models and prices:

Belt-Drive FeaturesPrice
B970Smartphone-controlled, ultra-quiet and strong belt drive with battery backup and MAX lifting power$ 450.00
B550Smartphone-Controlled, ultra quiet and strong belt drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$ 400.00
B750Smart-phone controlled, ultra quiet and strong belt drive garage door opener with PLUS lifting power$ 400.00
B730Ultra-quiet, strong belt drive garage door opener with battery backup and PLUS lifting power$ 400.00
B500Ultra-quiet and strong belt drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$ 325.00
B503Ultra-quiet and strong belt drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$375.00

Other features:

  • Some models have built-in Smartphone control that be accessed through MyQ App, allowing easy and real-time access to your garage doors, making it possible for you to open and close and know the status of your garage door from anywhere.
  • For those models that do not have a built-in Smartphone control, you may purchase the MyQ Home Bridge so that you can access it through your Smartphone.

On the other hand, the different models and respective prices of chain drive garage door openers are as follows:

Chain-Drive FeaturesPrice
C400Durable chain drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$345.00
C203Durable chain drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$ 250.00
C410Durable chain drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$ 360.00
C205Heavy-duty chain drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$ 359.00
C450Smartphone-controlled durable chain drive garage door opener with MED lifting power$ 390.00
C870Smartphone-controlled durable chain drive with battery backup and MAX lifting power$ 550.00

Other features:

  • Chain-drives are quality designed and engineered to run smoothly. It can also be easily installed and durable.
  • Some models have built-in Smartphone control, otherwise, it can be upgraded to a Smartphone control with purchase of MyQ Home Bridge.

LiftMaster Garage Door Openers

Liftmaster garage door openers has elite series which has full-suite of innovative features, like smartphone control, battery backup, and other advanced security features.

The following are their belt drive models and the respective prices:

Belt-Drive FeaturesPrice
Liftmaster 8550W Elite SeriesDC battery backup, belt drive, Wi-Fi, compatible with optional 841 LM locks, with battery backup and MyQ technology, compatible for 7 to 10 ft doors, comes with 1 remote, has safety sensors and wall button rail and belt.$ 570.00
Liftmaster 8335W Premium Series½ HP AC belt-drive Wi-Fi garage door opener, for 7 to 10 feet doors, and has MyQ technology that includes timer to close option, 893LM remote abd 882LM control panel and photo eyes$ 550.00
Liftmaster 8155W½ HP AC belt-drive Wi-FI$ 460.00

Other features:

  • Has Motor Vibration Isolation System (MVIS) that provides quiet and smooth operation.
  • Automatic garage door lock
  • Safeguard garage access- with every click a new code is sent to the garage door opener ensuring the door does not inadvertently open
  • Has audible and visual warnings when the garage door is about to close
  • Can be accessed using MyQ technology
  • Has motion detector
  • Has protector system that incorporates safety sensors which emit an invisible light beam across the garage door opening, that automatically reverse the door if an object interrupts it.
  • Five year warranty on parts and 1 year warranty on battery.

The following are the different models and prices for the chain-drive garage door openers:

Chain-Drive FeaturesPrice
Liftmaster 8360W Premium SeriesDC battery backup, chain drive, Wi-Fi$440.00
Liftmaster 8164W½ HP AC chain-drive Wi-Fi$ 325.00
Liftmaster 8165W½ HP AC chain-drive Wi-Fi$360.00
Liftmaster 8587WHD chain-drive ¾ HP with built-in internet gateway$ 590.00
Liftmaster ATS2113X½ advance trolley system for residential or light duty commercial door, light duty operator incudes rail.$600.00

Other features:

  • Can be controlled from anywhere through the MyQ app
  • Can be linked to partner apps to provide more enhanced garage control, such as voice control and geofence closing
  • Has ultra-quiet AC motor chain drive system
  • Consume up to 75% less power in standby mode
  • Has four year motor and 1 year parts warranty
  • Has audio and visual warnings when the garage door is about to close
  • Prevent the door from closing if anything interrupts the safety beam that crosses the garage door opening.

Craftsman Garage Door Openers

The last brand that we’re going to consider for this post is the Craftsman. The following are the different belt-drive models and respective prices of Craftsman garage door openers.

Belt-Drive FeaturesPrice
Craftsman 579181 HP Diehard, battery backup, ultra-quiet, lifetime motr and 3 year parts warranty, includes 2 remote controls, has safety sensor beam, includes two lights, can be connected to the internet, has rolling code protection.$ 299.99
Craftsman 57915¾ HP, ultra-quiet, with Wi-Fi connectivity, includes 2 remote controls, has safety sensor beam technology, includes 2 lights, has motion detecting wall control and has rolling code protection.$ 379.99
Craftsman 549311.25 HP engine, can be controlled by Smartphoneapp, diehard battery backup, ultra-quiet operation.$349.99

Other features:

  • Uses tri-frequency system to reduce interference from other electronic devices
  • Has timer-to-close to shut door after a specified time
  • Can be controlled using a smartphone.
  • Has built-in Wi-Fi

On the other hand, the following are the chain-drive models and respective prices of Craftsman garage door openers

Belt-Drive FeaturesPrice
Craftsman 54985½ HP garage door opener, tri-frequency radio system and anti-burglary coding technology$ 359.99
Craftsman 54930½ HP chain-drive garage door opener, multiple-frequency system, 3-button remotes and anti-burglary tech for added security, reversing sensor stop the door and reverse its motion when the beam is broken.$ 307.93
Craftsman Series CR1150Powerful ½ HP AC motor, rugged chain-cable dive system, 5-piece sectional steel rail, force control, 1-button remote control, illuminated push button, heavy duty angle iron.$ 309.99

Other features:

  • Wireless keyless entry keypad
  • Quick install rail system
  • Energy efficient
  • Protector system
  • PosiLock system
  • Can be connected to the internet
  • Built for long-lasting durability
  • Has 2 year limited warranty, 1 year limited accessories warranty and 10 year motor warranty.

Belt-Drive vs. Chain Drive

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Pros

  • Runs smoothly with ultra-quiet performance
  • Some units have battery backup so can still be operated even when the power went out
  • Strong steel-reinforced belt drive, powered by Chamberlain’s Lift Power System
  • Some of the models have built-in Smartphone control that can be accessed real-time thru the MyQ App
  • Can be controlled from anywhere
  • Ideal for attached garages
  • Potential for internet connectivity
  • Can be hooked to a Bluetooth device or a Wi-Fi for ease of access

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Best for detached garage
  • Affordable and you won’t need to spend much on maintenance
  • Reliable
  • Has built-in Smartphone control

Cons

  • Need to purchase an extension kit if your door is taller than 7 feet
  • Compatibility issue with the door
  • Challenging installation
  • Expensive

Cons

  • Can be noisy
  • No battery backup
  • Some models require pre-programming
  • Needs professional technician in case of damage

Installation Costs

We mentioned earlier that belt-drive garage door openers can be more costly than the chain-drive garage door opener. This is because the belt-drive type can cost you an average of $250.00 to $350.00 while chain-drive type can only cost you an average of $200 to $350. Though considering the three brands mentioned, the cheapest brand would be the Craftsman.

For the installation, if you want to DIY it, expect to spend about $200 assuming that you need to buy other materials, like: screwdrivers, hammer, adjustable wrench, socket wrench, tape measure, drill driver, hacksaw pliers, wire stripper, level and ladder.

*Pricing does not include labour.