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Question DetailsAsked on 8/26/2015

How much to replace a manual garage door with an automatic electric one?

I just purchased a house with an old two-car garage. Structurally, the garage is in tip-top shape. However, the door is manual, and I am too short to really lift it up all the way. I would like to have it replaced with an automatic door so I can just press a button. How much am I looking at?

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Depends on your door - Garage Doors is your Search the List category. If a properly spring-balanced door (so opens easily with only a few pounds lift) typically about $350-600 minus installed. If needs to have balancing springs added could be another couple hundred dollars typically. Commonly does not reach $500 range unless a new electric outlet has to be installed for the opener.

In rare cases, but very rare and generally only for very old doors, the door itself is not amenable to automatci opening so it has to be replaced - typically additional $500 range single-car, $1000 range 2-car door more than covers it.

Recommendation - go with a brand name opener (Clopay, Craftsman, Liftmaster are a few common names that have been around for a long time), and if a small, lightweight single-car door use a 3/8 horsepower (minimum) motor, if a heavy door or light two-car door, go with 1/2 HP motor minimum. For large or solid wood 2-car door, 3/4 HP. The 1/4 HP ones just don't last well even with light doors. THere is not a great difference in pricing between a smaller opener and one 1/4HP larger, and no effect on installation cost.

Cheaper solution - step stool to open it, or a stick you can use to push up on the handle or bottom edge when it is partway up to open it the rest of the way, and a rope hanging down to pull it back down.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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