Install a garage door opener

Choose a garage opener that is designed to operate with emergency battery power in case of a power outage.
Do It Yourself or Not?

We took our garage door opener for granted until it stopped working and we had to raise and lower the heavy door manually instead of a simple click of the opener. Once a luxury, this device is now a necessity that provides the security of being able to remain in the car to operate it. Choose one that is designed to operate with emergency battery power in case of a power outage, and to be opened or closed manually in case of an emergency.

For $378, which includes the labor and material, a garage door installation service will replace an electric garage door opener in a typical two-car garage. You’ll find the units are sold online and at home centers and hardware stores. If you’re a handy homeowner, you can replace an old unit with a new one for $210 and save 44 percent. You’ll need basic carpentry and electrical tools, including screwdrivers, a hammer, an adjustable wrench, a socket wrench, a tape measure, a drill driver, a hack saw, pliers, a wire stripper and a carpenter’s level. You’ll also need a ladder, and it’s useful to have a helper with a ladder.

The job involves several steps: identifying the components of the opener and assembling it; attaching the door hardware; installing the power unit on the ceiling of the garage; and connecting it to an electrical outlet. Plan on spending the better part of a day to complete the installation.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$378 -- $210 -- 4.7 -- 6.0 -- $168 -- 44 Percent