Homeowners often ask us how long garage door openers last. The life span varies, but I want to give some context before we jump into the specifics. Manufacturers measure most everything on a garage door, including the motor, by life cycle. A cycle is a full open and close of the garage door. This means the more you open and close your garage door, the shorter the life of your garage door opener will be. However, in recent years, homeowners have been entering through their garage door more often than using their front door, quickening that life cycle.
During my time owning Aaron Overhead Doors, I’ve found that there are a few current garage door opener manufacturers that tend to last longer than others. For example, the LiftMaster opener has an excellent reputation due to its low maintenance and long lasting qualities. Another variable to consider when determining the life span of your garage door opener is the installation. Even a great motor can live a short life if it isn’t installed properly or if the springs aren’t performing properly. This is because the springs are the counter balance system for the garage door, doing the heavy lifting, while the motor guides the door through the tracks.
The Lifespan of Garage Door Openers
So, the question was this: How long do garage door openers last? We see LiftMasters last between 15 – 20 years. However, that’s in excellent conditions. Anything less than excellent conditions can reduce the life to 8 – 12 years. The average cost of a garage door opener installed by a professional is around $500. We recommend belt drive openers for these types of expectations on life expectancy.