Homeowners often ask us “how long do garage door openers last?”. That answer can vary but I want to give some context before we jump into the answer. Most everything on a garage door including the motor is measured by cycle life. A cycle is a full open and close of the garage door. The more you open and close your garage door the shorter the life it will be. These days homeowners enter through their garage door instead of their front door. I’ve found that there are a few current garage door opener manufacturers that tend to last longer than others. For example, Liftmaster has an excellent reputation due to the low maintenance and long lasting opener. There is another variable to this as well. The installation. Yes, a great motor can live a short life if it isn’t installed properly or if the springs aren’t performing properly. The springs are the counter balance system for the garage door. It does the heavy lifting. The motor is to guide the door through the tracks.
So, the questions again is: how long do garage door openers last? My answer is this: We see LiftMasters last between 15 – 20 years. However, thats 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 this type of expectations on life expectancy.