When it comes to homeownership, the level of foundational knowledge to efficiently run your home is high. Learning the intricacies of home systems are not taught in schools, leaving many of us in the dark when problems arise in our homes. We have answered this list of frequently asked questions to ensure you have the knowledge you need about garage door openers.
How Much Horsepower Does My Garage Door Opener Need?
The size and weight of your garage door will influence this answer, but here are the basics:
- ½ horsepower is common and acceptable for most garage doors
- ¾ horsepower is preferred for heavier doors with insulation
- 1 horsepower is recommended for solid wood or other cumbersome doors.
Note: it is always better to have a little extra horsepower than not enough.
How Much Does a Garage Door Opener Cost?
When buying and having a professional install your new garage door opener, you can expect to pay between $250 and $550. The garage door opener you choose will significantly affect this price, with more expensive models putting you on the higher end of the scale. Labor to install the opener usually ranges between $60 to $90 an hour, depending on your company.
How Long Will My Garage Door Opener Last?
Typically, a garage door opener’s lifespan will range between 10 to 15 years, depending on the quality of the opener, how often it is used, and how well it is taken care of. When your garage door opener displays warning signs of failing, you should immediately replace it. Click HERE to learn more!
What Features Should My Garage Door Opener Have?
Modern technology has dramatically influenced the features garage door openers can have. Beyond the standard safety features, one’s garage door opener can now include the following features:
- Be controlled by a smartphone, tablet, or computer
- Produce new opening codes to prevent theft
- Timer-to-close features to automatically close the door
- Notifications to a smartphone when the door is in operation
- Locking features to prevent forced openings
- Battery backups for power outages
- Wireless and keyless entry
Should I Install My New Garage Door Opener Myself?
Simply put, no! Even those homeowners who consider themselves DIY proficient or even mechanically inclined should not replace their garage door openers. Mixing electricity and the dangers of the garage door springs is an unsafe process for those untrained. We recommend always hiring a professional garage door installer to complete this task on your behalf to ensure the functionality of the machine and the safety of your home and family.
How Will I Know Which Garage Door Opener is Right for Me?
To determine the appropriate garage door opener for your home, we recommend reviewing the available features of the top garage door openers and then speaking to a professional. A professional installer will be able to explain which garage door openers are compatible with your existing home and door, as well as what they cost, their specific details, and installation requirements.