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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.

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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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.

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.

Reviews for Des Plaines computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
Great Service, very dependable and very well educated in computer repairs and tech. Barry P. Des Plaines,Ill
Striker TechnologiesStriker Technologies
Thumbtack Customer
My computer was running slow and would just stop working. It took him one day and now its running great, he installed anti-virus software for me and he dropped it off for me because I did not have a car to pick it up. He will now be my go to computer person, very friendly, does not make you feel stupid like other computer repair places.
Striker TechnologiesStriker Technologies
Thumbtack Customer
I have finally found my permanent IT guy. The owner Michael not only repaired my computer (new screen and bezels) but also installed Windows 10 and gave it a complete "tune up" in a just a few days! My Toshiba now looks factory new and has never run better. Very reasonable prices. Outstanding job!!! Jim Des Plaines
Striker TechnologiesStriker Technologies
Thumbtack Customer
After having a third party warranty repair my laptop and later fall apart again. Needing my laptop repaired ASAP; I went ahead with M&H GlobalTech Solutions. Andrew and Mark were very prompt at taking in my laptop and diagnosing the problem. In the meantime, they had loaned me a temporary laptop to use for schoolwork. Mark discovered that the warranty company had put incompatible parts into my laptop and poorly installed the parts; further damaging my laptop. Andrew dealt with the warranty company and managed to have the warranty company fully reimburse my laptop. Also, Andrew and Mark assisted me with looking at other laptop replacements as well. Could not be more appreciative for both of them staying communicative, providing excellent service, and always going out of their way to help the customer. I recommend them to anybody and will be going to them again when I run into computer problems.
M&H GlobalTech SolutionsM&H GlobalTech Solutions
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