How Much Does Automating Your Garage Door Cost?

By / 1st February, 2017 / Our Blog

Through a door position sensor, Wi-Fi-enabled control module, and an easy-to-use smartphone app, automated garage door openers bring supreme simplicity and convenience to your garage and home, including the ability to operate your garage door from anywhere.

If you’re interested in automating your garage door, you may be wondering how much it costs to do so. The good news is that leading automated opener systems, like MyQ® from LiftMaster®, offer a variety of options based on your needs.

In this post, we’ll review how much you can expect to pay to upgrade an existing door, retrofit an older door, or purchase a brand-new automated garage door opener.

Upgrade an Existing Automation-Enabled Door

If you recently purchased a LiftMaster® garage door system in the last few years, adding in automation capability is a relatively easy and cost-effective update. Look for the MyQ® logo at the back of your opener motor to see if your door qualifies for this option.

In this scenario, all you need to buy is the Internet Gateway, which costs $60.

Retrofit a Door Built After 1998

If own a LiftMaster®, Chamberlain, Sears/Craftsman, or Raynor brand door that was built after 1998 but doesn’t have the MyQ® logo, you’ll need LiftMaster®’s Retrofit Package for supported brands, which costs $100.

Have a different brand garage door? The Retrofit Package for updating an existing door that’s not one of the above brands with safety eyes will run you $129.

If you’re in the latter category, you should carefully consider how happy you are with your current system and evaluate whether buying a new door opener would be a better use of your money.

READ: Do You Need to Replace Your Garage Door?

Make a Full Garage Door Opener Replacement

Replacing your garage door motor and drive is a crucial investment that should be made about every 10 years. If your garage door opener is nearing the end of its lifespan, or you’ve been experiencing frequent problems with its performance, replacing it with an automated opener is a great way to fill two needs with one deed.

On average, today’s best automated openers cost between $400 and $500.

How the Benefits Outweigh the Cost

Whichever automation option you do choose, having the benefits that a smart opener system brings at your fingertips quickly outweigh the purchase price.

Don’t forget that automating your door is a once and done cost, so the price of the option you see above is the price you pay; there’s no ongoing service fee or annual upcharge. In addition, the mobile app you use on your smartphone is free to download.

Still debating which solution is best for your needs? Download our free Garage Door Health Checklist. This in-depth guide helps you understand the important parts that go into your garage door’s system and consider where repairs or replacements would be a better fit, helping you create a custom, cost-effective game plan. Download your copy here!