Faulty garage door openers are incredibly frustrating, but you will be glad to know that the replacement process for a garage door opener is not as complicated as you might think. When considering the expense of a garage door opener replacement you must first determine whether you will be doing the replacement yourself, or if you will hire a professional to replace the opener for you. This choice will drastically affect the costs associated with your garage door opener replacement, but there are a few other things to consider when making this choice.
If you decide to replace your garage door opener yourself: This can be the cheaper of the two options, but it is certainly a more involved process. If you decide to install your new garage door opener on your own then you are still likely to spend somewhere between $150 to $650 dollars on parts alone. Depending on your specific type of garage door opener, this project can be quite expensive (even if you choose to do the work yourself). For instance, a belt drive opener can cost under $100 but a direct drive opener can cost upwards of $500. If you do choose to complete the project on your own you must also consider the time you spend on the installation as a cost in and of itself. Depending on your knowledge and experience, choosing to replace the opener yourself can be a good way to save some money.
If you decide to hire a professional to replace your garage door opener: Hiring a professional to install your garage door opener will generally cost more, but it can certainly alleviate a lot of stress and uncertainty from the project. When hiring a professional, you will have to consider the cost of materials as well as the cost of your service technicians hourly rate. Garage door technicians can charge anywhere from $65 to $85 per hour for their labor, with replacement jobs ranging anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. With labor costs ranging anywhere from $130 to $510, it is hard to estimate exactly how much you will be paying without first contacting your chosen installer directly. On average though, you should expect to pay anywhere from $220 and $550 in total.
In a lot of instances, garage door issues are both frustrating and inconvenient. Unlike other home repairs, garage door opener malfunctions are incredibly hard to postpone until you have time off from work to understand and resolve the issue yourself. Even if you are confident in your ability to replace the opener yourself, you may find yourself caught up with other responsibilities. For this reason, it may actually be more cost effective to enlist the help of a professional to replace your garage door opener for you.
For more information regarding the costs and other factors associated with garage door openers, or if you wish to enlist professional help, contact Direct Service Overhead today!