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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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Reviews for San Diego computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
Derrel is very thoughtful regarding repairing your computer. Very easy to communicate with.
Derrell's Computer Repair ServicesDerrell's Computer Repair Services
C. N.
This computer tech was very responsive, reasonably priced, and provided a quick turn around time for the work that he did on my laptop. I would recommend Bill to anyone needing repairs to their computer.....
G-Tech SDG-Tech SD
Beverly B.
Robert did an excellent job updating our computer, and it is working much more quickly. What I really appreciated is how Robert shared his knowledge as he was analyzing and repairing our computer. He gave me excellent information regarding computer processing, unnecessary apps.., etc... Great Job. Thank you, Robert!
24/7 Computer Solutions24/7 Computer Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
My computer was shutting down after a few minutes. I signed on to thumbtack and he sent me a quote within minutes and then wrote me once he noticed I saw it. Even though he works full time he was able to take care of my computer and even give my computer extras that I didn't request but was definitely grateful for. I recommend him to anyone who needs a computer repaired.
Derrell's Computer Repair ServicesDerrell's Computer Repair Services
Cindy T.
Robert was extremely responsive and got the job done very quickly. He explained the details and offered options. I highly recommend him for computer repairs.
24/7 Computer Solutions24/7 Computer Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Of four estimates, Derrell's was most logical. He immediately followed up his quote with a concise email and phone call. I liked his Web Site and You Tube video. He inspected laptop (notebook) computer at his business workshop, and a DC output jack was ordered. During the two week repair process, I received timely updated status by email and telephone. Repair part did not resolve a shorted (no power) motherboard, and I decided to not repair this computer. He is professional, and I would not hesitate to use his services again.
Derrell's Computer Repair ServicesDerrell's Computer Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was very impressed with Derrell and his service. He quickly responded by text message to my request for repairing the "black screen syndrome" on my Macbook Pro. He let me know when he could start the work (same day), when the work would be finished ("probably within 24 hrs, 48 hrs max"), quoted a fixed price of $70 plus parts (none were needed), took delivery of my computer with no down payment, and said if he couldn't fix it, there would be no charge. He completed the repair that night, he clearly explained what he did to repair it, and I picked up my computer the next morning. He runs his business out of his home's well organized garage, he is a very polite, professional young man, and he clearly enjoys what he does. I highly recommend Derrell's Computer Repairs.
Derrell's Computer Repair ServicesDerrell's Computer Repair Services
Hans H.
Warren, the owner of McKenna and Associates , diagnosed and repaired the problem flawlessly. I have been in management of computer and software support on a world wide basis. Due to my background I am able to give this diagnostic procedure and result an A+. Thanks, Hans Hedfeld
McKenna & AssociatesMcKenna & Associates
Thumbtack Customer
Steve of TLA provided outstanding service to recover and restore my PC after even the Microsoft Corp. technicians failed and botched my entire computer. He was immediately available, always responsive and kept me up to date on the painstaking repair. He aided in a very difficult data recovery, a corrupted BIOS, the reinstallation of Windows and Office and restored my laptop to proper functionality. Pricing was very reasonable for his service compared to the competition. He came to meet me in Carmel Mountain so I didn't have to travel. His convenience, professionalism and expertise are top-notch, making him the go-to computer guy for all of my personal and business computer needs. He's the best!
TLA Computer ServicesTLA Computer Services
Thumbtack Customer
My HP600 desktop computer experienced a major "meltdown" (the screen kept flashing from black to green ad nauseam). I had to take the device to Geek Squad for major repairs - it took them 10 days plus a factory re-set to finally fix it! Upon bringing it home, I couldn't figure out how to re-connect all of the cables - my countertop was a "snake pit" of wires and cords! I twice requested in-house visits by Geek Squad to get "the beast" breathing again...and twice Geek Squad screwed up on arrival times. At that point, I went to "Thumbtack" (first time user). I scrolled thru the computer techs, and was very impressed with what I read about McKenna & Associates...and so I made a "connection." Warren McKenna arrived on time, was very professional, got the computer all hooked up, restored all of my programs + backed up files, got the printer/computer connection functioning and answered all of my questions. I should add that I screwed up on his first visit. He arrived all ready to get to work...but we (...he) discovered that my HP electrical cord/box was missing - I had left it at work! Warren was very gracious and didn't charge me anything despite the fact that, due to MY carelessness, I had wasted his time and his trip to my home (I did pay him $10 for gas...but he never requested that). McKenna & Associates will, from this day forward, be my sole provider for all of my computer and tech-related needs. I should add, by the way, that his pricing is extremely reasonable! I highly recommend him!!!
McKenna & AssociatesMcKenna & Associates
April C.
Alex was kind, honest and reliable. My computer wouldn't turn on, called ASUS directly and they wanted to charge a $60 non-refundable diagnostic fee, plus repair (would've probably ranged in the $200+). Decided to try this site and came across Alex's profile. Very knowledgeable, communicative and even picked up my laptop! Long story short, wasn't worth it to fix and he even recommended a laptop to me within my budget AND offered help with removing my data on the drive. Would recommend! Thank you, Alex!
Alex DiMarzo (Boycotting Thumbtack)Alex DiMarzo (Boycotting Thumbtack)
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