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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.

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 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.

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 Clearwater computer technicians
Bruce S.
Although my computer turned out to be too expensive to repair, I was very impressed by him. If I ever need computer repair, I will definitely contact him.
Roger Faucher Technology (RFT)Roger Faucher Technology (RFT)
Thumbtack Customer
Robert and his team did and EXCELLENT job! They completed the repair ahead of their estimated time AND their final price was in-line with their estimate AND they are giving me a 6 month warranty on their work! Three other companies, two found through Thumbtack, had my computer to make repairs. Each of those came back to me at OVER twice their original estimates! One repair would have been with used parts and a 3 month warranty. Another would have been 3 weeks, ordering parts from China. Robert got it done in 9 days with new parts and a 6 month warranty at nearly half the cost! Take your computer repairs to Robert and his team. I certainly will.
RA Consultant SecurityRA Consultant Security
Thumbtack Customer
The World’s Greatest Computer Expert Lives Right Here In Tampa, Florida !!!!!!! Reading this now… you are becoming one of the luckiest people on this planet! Not only are you going to get the world’s greatest computer repair man to help you through your needs, you will be getting someone in the field that actually cares about you! Yes, someone who is actually thinking about what is best for your computer but also you get an expert who will help you understand what is needed in your situation. From the minute that you either meet Eric Margolis by bringing your computer into his shop, or you get the pleasure of speaking to him on the phone you will instantly like him. I was so surprised that he would come to my home pick up my computer and ask me what kind of time frame I had as to needing it back! I have never had such great service nor have I had someone take the time to explain to me what was wrong! Erica Margolis is very thorough and gets into the details in what I call “human language”. I am not a “techno-person” but Eric certainly is. With 25 years of experience in the field as well as multiple years at NASA how could you possibly go wrong trusting him with your computer repair? My computer was a mess. It finally died. With all the garbage on it, along with an old out-dated Windows XP program, my computer was doomed to fail a long time ago. Thank God I found Eric because he was fearless when he took it away. I knew instinctively I had found the best person to help me. Within a very short time I received a phone call from Eric explaining what needed to be done and why etc. He made it easy for me to understand and went above and beyond the call of duty to not only rescue my computer and all its contents but by doing so that in turn rescued me! I use my computer daily to make a living so it was very important to me to get it back in tip top condition! Eric went out of his way to bring my PC back and then spent time with me explaining what and where things are, where to look etc. He installed all types of Protective programs on my computer for me. Now it is tighter than Fort Knox! No one will ever hack into my computer! I am thrilled with the work that Eric Margolis did and I highly recommend him. Not only is Eric reasonable with the repair charges etc, he is a lovely person as well. Eric’s work comes with a money back guarantee! I think most of us have forgotten what that is ?????? Lol !!!! PC Rescue Tampa, LLC is on my list of trusted professionals and once you have an experience with Eric Margolis I know that you will feel the same as I do! Call him today !!!! Once you do you will have made a new friend! Eric is a real jewel !!! Lisa Gawne January 10, 2016 Feather Sound, FL
PC Rescue Tampa LLCPC Rescue Tampa LLC
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