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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 West Portal computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
The computer started working again, so I cancelled the repair request. Mr. Galas was very prompt in responding to my request. I plan to use his service at a future date when the computer needs attention.
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Zoe F.
He assessed for free and helped me figure out that my computer wasn't worth fixing and then he removed the hard drive for free. Trustworthy. Would go back for a repair.
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Thumbtack Customer
Cherif is the BEST! He came and picked up my laptop from my house. He is incredibly nice and professional. He had my computer fixed in matter of a day after he received the part he needed. He dropped the computer off back to me at my convince. I would highly recommend Cherif for computer repair or other technical services not just because of his professionalism but also because of his expertise. I am very satisfied the service rendered.
Thumbtack Customer
Joel at Geek-O-Rama was extremely helpful. His customer service and patience were totally awesome! I had several issues with my computer (couldn't connect to the internet, computer was booting up slowly, running slowly, etc.). Joel tackled the biggest issue first (inability to connect to the internet) and when one approach didn't work, he patiently tried another. After we solved the connectivity issue, he was able to connect to my computer remotely to thoroughly and efficiently check my computer for viruses and malware. (We found none.) He was very professional and explained what he was doing and asked permission to connect remotely, after which he was able to perform his work much more quickly than before. Joel was great, because his service is much cheaper and faster than taking it into computer repair store. And I could do this from the comfort of my home. The service even comes with a 30 day guarantee! I would definitely use Joel again and recommend him to anyone looking to get rid of malware/viruses or figure out why his/her computer is not working well! The value and service are the best I've ever experienced! Thanks, Joel!
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