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Q & A

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 Sarasota computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
John took on our laptop which was much more corrupted with viruses than we had thought, and not only swiped and reconfigured it to operate flawlessly, but he managed to save every one of our corrupted files as well. When the computer was returned to us, all files were there, organized as we had them originally, and the computer worked perfectly and was faster than before. Will recommend him to our network of friends and business associates. Also the lowest priced computer repair person we found.
John GreenJohn Green
Susan C.
HARRY WORKED VERY HARD TO HELP ME FIND A SOLUTION TO MY COMPUTER PROBLEMS!! WHEN HE REALIZED IT WAS A HARD DRIVE FAILURE, HE TOLD ME EXACTLY WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO HAVE IT REPAIRED. HE ONLY CHARGED ME FOR THE CONSULTATION. WHAT A KIND AND HONEST MAN!! THANK YOU, HARRY!!
Stein SolutionsStein Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Spectacular Computer Repair is DEFINITELY INCOMPETENT & may be dishonest. Wayne offered to evaluate my laptop for $75 at my home. He required my signature on a contract before he would look at my laptop. Problems were identified with the internal Event Log. HE DID NOT CHECK THE RAM OR HARD DRIVE. He charged $295 which included replacing Kaspersky anti-virus software with Malwarebytes. When he returned the laptop. I opened a Word document and immediately the laptop crashed due to a memory error. THIS DEFINITELY CONFIRMS THAT WAYNE DID NOT CHECK RAM OR THE HARD-DRIVE AT HIS SHOP. He charged me $40 to call Lenovo. The memory provided by Lenovo was installed by a Lenovo dealer in Tampa in 5 minutes. They reviewed Wayne’s evaluation and said that the problems were all fixable on site, some were not problems, the $335 charge was outrageous, and replacing Kaspersky with Malwarebytes was wrong as it is not antivirus software. Shortly after I disputed the $335 charged my email address book was hacked.
B2B I.T. Solutions/Spectacular Computer RepairB2B I.T. Solutions/Spectacular Computer Repair
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