Garage Door Opener Installation
Garage Door Opener Installation
Your garage door opener is the most important element of your garage door system. The strength of its motor determines the long term reliability and functionality of your garage door. That is why you need to hire a company that installs it correctly with the best parts. Here at Aaron Overhead Doors, we are garage door opener installation experts. From installing the best brands to providing the most knowledgeable technicians, we are here to make sure you get the best opener installation experience.
Do We Install Garage Door Openers?
Yes, we do! We typically stock LiftMaster, Genie, and SOMMER openers. However, we don’t carry all models for these manufacturers. We’ve tested different models and can recommend the right garage door opener to you based on your needs. Learn more about the particular models we install on our Garage Door Openers product page.
How Much Do Garage Door Openers Cost?
The average cost of a garage door opener installed by a professional is around $250-500. Of course, this price will depend on the type and brand of opener you choose. For example, chain drive openers tend to be the most affordable, while belt and jackshaft drive options are more expensive. Also, although they are on the higher end, we recommend belt drive openers to maximize the life expectancy of your garage door opener.
There are two motor sizes for garage door openers: 1/2 HP and 3/4 HP. 1/2 HP are used for single doors that measure 10'-12'. 3/4 HP motors are for larger doors, weighing up to 350 pounds.
In most cases, yes, your garage door opener will come with a back-up battery. This is helpful if there is a power outage because you can still operate your garage door without electricity. Most LiftMaster, Genie, and Sommer openers come standard with a back-up battery.
How Long Do Garage Door Openers Last?
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. 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 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 counterbalance system for the garage door, doing the heavy lifting, while the motor guides the door through the tracks.
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 life to 8 – 12 years. We recommend belt drive openers for these types of expectations on life expectancy.
Yes, we do! We have options from LiftMaster (myQ), Genie (Aladdin Connect), and Sommer (SOMlink) for smartphone control. This allows you to operate and monitor your garage door from anywhere.
To have a quiet garage door opener, you need a DC motor and belt drive operation. In simple terms, the fewer moving parts on your opener, the less vibrations and noise it will make. For the quietest operation, a belt drive or direct drive opener is best. We recommend the LiftMaster 8500 or WLED and the Genie 6170.
What are the different types of garage door openers?
Chain Drive Opener
This is the most common and affordable type of opener. It operates on a chain that connects the trolley to a motor. However, since most of the parts are metal, it has a very noisy operation due to all the vibration. This means it isn’t a great option if you have a room above or beside the garage. But if you are looking for a simple system that gets the job done, this could be the opener for you.
Belt Drive Opener
Instead of a chain, this opener operates on a rubber belt. This makes them a great smooth motion alternative to the noisier chain drive. In fact, belt drive is known for being one of the quietest opener options. They are also longer lasting because the lack of frequent vibrations reduces the need for repairs. Our LiftMaster line features several options for belt drive openers which you can view here.
Screw Drive Opener
For this opener, a trolley moves along a threaded steel rod while the motor rotates the rod in order to open and close the door. This type of opener tends to land as the midrange option between chain and belt drive openers in terms of quiet operation and longevity. However, we tend to recommend replacing this type of opener for an updated model.
Jackshaft Drive Opener
This is one of the more modern options for garage door openers. Instead of being installed on the ceiling like most openers, a jackshaft is placed on the wall beside the garage door. It is a great option if you have a high ceiling and want a high lift track or if you want to install storage on the ceiling of your garage. However, it is more expensive than most other openers and doesn’t fit every garage door system.
Direct Drive Opener
This features a stationary chain inside a steel rail with only one moving part located in the traveling motor carriage. This mechanism makes it the quietest opener available. Additionally, the motor for direct drive openers comes with a lifetime warranty which means you can trust its long term functionality. Our SOMMER operator features this type of drive; you can learn more about it here.
If you need garage door opener installation, our expert technicians are ready to complete the job for you. We can guide you through selecting the best brand and type of opener for your budget or garage door needs. Contact us today so we can set up a consultation or call today for a free quote! Also, explore our Garage Door Opener products page for more information on the specific openers we can install in your home.