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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does computer repair cost?

The cost to fix your computer or laptop will depend on the extent of the repair and the labor rates in your area. For example, a repair service may charge $100 to fix virus or malware issues or $320 to fix a cracked or damaged screen. On average, computer repair technicians charge $60/hour for their services. However, hourly rates can range from $45-$90

To find out exactly how much it will cost to fix your desktop, laptop, Apple or PC computer, request cost estimates from computer repair specialists near you.

How much does computer repair cost per hour?

It costs an average of $60 per hour for computer repair. Hourly rates range from $45-$50 on the low end and $85-$90 on the high end.

Get free cost estimates from computer repair specialists near you so you’ll know exactly how much you should expect to pay.

Who can fix my computer?

If your computer needs repairs, hire a technician who has experience with your computer’s model and brand. Ideally, the pro you choose should have certifications, training and/or a degree in a related field. 

Look for top-rated, qualified computer repair services in your area on Thumbtack.

Is it worth fixing a computer?

It depends. If the damage is severe, you might be better off buying a new computer than spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on repairs. Always get price quotes from a few computer repair services near you, and compare those estimates to desktop and laptop prices. If it's cheaper to fix your computer,  consider doing so. But if it's cheaper to buy a new device, that's probably your best option.

Should I repair or replace my computer?

To determine if you should replace or repair your computer, consider the following:

  • Has your warranty expired?
  • Is your computer old and out of date?
  • Is the cost to fix your computer 50% or more of the cost of replacing it?
  • Before it broke, was your computer working slowly and inefficiently?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time to replace your computer. When in doubt, consult a technician for their expert opinion.

What should I do before sending a computer in for repairs?

Before you send your computer to a technician to fix it, take the following precautions:

  • Make sure you hire a reputable, top-rated professional to handle the repairs. Look at past photos of work they’ve completed and read their customer reviews on Thumbtack.
  • Back-up your data. To ensure you don’t lose the data on your computer, back-up your files to an external hard drive. 
  • Ensure you have access to important information. If you need to access certain files or information from your computer, make sure you can access that information through a cloud storage system or external drive. 
  • Erase sensitive information. If you have files (documents, photos, etc.) that contain sensitive information about your finances, accounts, passwords, etc., delete them before you bring your computer to a repair shop. 
  • Log out of your accounts. Make sure you’re logged out of your bank, social media and other accounts.

Is it cheaper to replace a hard drive or buy a new computer?

Buying a new hard drive is almost always cheaper than buying a new computer. If you suspect you need to upgrade or replace your hard drive, ask a computer technician to diagnose your device (and request a cost estimate if the culprit is indeed the hard drive).

How many years does a laptop last?

Depending on its quality, age, condition and maintenance, a laptop may last only a few years or up to seven years. Of course, your laptop may last longer or shorter depending on how well you take care of it. If you think your laptop needs repairs, don’t procrastinate — hire a technician to look at it before the damage becomes irreparable.

Is it worth replacing the motherboard on a laptop?

If your laptop’s motherboard was damaged by physical impact, liquid, heat or electrical damage, you may need to replace it or buy a new computer. You should consult computer repair experts near you to determine if replacing your laptop’s motherboard is worth the cost. Compare the price quotes you receive with new laptop prices, and decide which option is the most cost-effective.

Reviews for Surprise computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
My 6-yr-old Dell laptop began to run very slowly and I needed to determine if it was fixable or not. DarkStar supplied a bid for fixing the laptop along with assurance that it was, indeed, fixable. The repair proved to be more challenging than originally anticipated, but DarkStar stayed with it and went above and beyond in order to restore the laptop to full working order. I now have a machine that I am very pleased with and the cost for the repair stayed within the original estimate. DarkStar is a highly reputable and capable computer repair company that I would not hesitate to use again or recommend highly.
DarkStar Computing LLCDarkStar Computing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Don't even hesitate hiring this one...JUST DO IT! I cannot recommend DarkStar Computing and David Kirk highly enough. Reliable, trustworthy, knowledgeable and friendly. He really knows his stuff, and provides the highest level of customer care you could ever ask for, and at very reasonable prices. I will refer everyone I know to him. I myself will be calling upon him again soon with another computer issue. I have an HP which was kind of pricey-laptop that I really liked, but it overheated about two years ago, and my son took it apart to replace the fan, then ran into problems getting the part, and then left it. Taken apart. For two years. I looked around previously for help, but most computer repair places, like the Geek Squad, etc won't even look at a computer that was taken apart. Honestly, I wasn't even sure all the parts were there. I didn't want to throw it away bc not only was it a perfectly good computer otherwise, and the perfect size for me, but it had so much information and pictures on it I didn't want to lose. I called DarkStar as a last-ditch without much hope. I talked to David, and he had absolutely no problem checking it out for the very reasonable fee of $39. AND! He came to my house! Just sitting there chatting about the issues, he put it together right there. I was amazed! It was so easy for him. He then took it, gave it a full check up, fixed everything updated and cleaned up system files and all of that good stuff, and when he returned it, running faster and better than when it was new, I was only charged for the parts. Best computer repair encounter I have ever had. Thank you so much David!
DarkStar Computing LLCDarkStar Computing LLC
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