Garage Door Opener 101: Things to Know

There are many factors to consider when choosing a garage door opener. According to Garage Living, on average a garage door will open about 1,500 times per year. That’s a lot of use and wear and tear, and it warrants careful selection of the right components. Security, cost, durability, sizes and models should all play a part in deciding which opener is best for you. Here are few important things to consider.


In general, you can expect a separate cost for the model and the actual installation. Depending largely on the model, $300 to $500 is a good estimate for the whole package (unit and installation).


This is clearly a concern, specifically when you will be gone for extended periods of time. Depending again on the model, you may have options to lock the controls completely, or at the very least, unplug the unit to prevent use. The garage is a portal to your home, thus many homeowners would find it advantageous to purchase a model with these options. Further, there are apps available today that can function as a garage door opener.

Common Concerns

Power outages, backup systems and irregular behavior or movement of the garage door can all be causes for concern. It is important to research models, as all do not necessarily contain a battery backup. In the event of a power outage, those models that do offer the feature will obviously give peace of mind during said power outage. Please note that you will most likely need to reprogram the controls after an outage, but this is usually simple as long as the unit is accessible. Abrupt door reversal or the door not closing completely can be alarming, but this stems from a safety feature and prevents injury in the long run. However when the sensors do not function properly, this feature may activate inappropriately. This can also be fixed, usually by adjusting controls on the unit itself.

Sizes and Other Options

Chain and belt drives are the two main units available on today’s market. According to Hicklin Door Services, those models which strictly utilize chains (as opposed to a chain and metal cable combination), are said to be a better quality product. There are also two sizes available on today’s market, ranging from 1/2 to 3/4 horsepower. European models vary, and the total weight is generally between 8-10 pounds. It is advisable to consult a professional for assistance with installation. Likewise, rather than shopping at a parts or hardware store, one may find a better solution by seeking out a specialist.

Your garage is part of your home and we are here to help. Please contact Missouri Door and Dock today for more details or any questions regarding your garage door opener.