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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 Glenview computer technicians
Susan W.
Initially I needed Mark to clean up my computer as it was very slow. Although I can use application software I am not technical. Mark very patiently worked through a series of diagnostics, discovered one problem, fixed it and then went on to uncover more issues. Who knew that I had 3 anti-virus programs installed of which they were conflicting and nothing was getting done. That in of itself was worth getting taken care of. My system was so messed up it took several scans with 3 different programs to fix everything. And then there was the overnight updating that took hours and hours. My system was such a mess I avoided using the computer adding to the problems because of inactivity and a greater need for scanning/clean up. Before Mark and I set up an appointment I told him that I wanted to establish a "relationship" with an individual who would be there to assist me with routine maintenance and whatever issues might arrive. Not only is Mark very knowledgeable and competent with computer issues he also offers insight into cable/internet. If I wanted someone who just looked up solutions on the internet I would have gone to another retail organization. I get enough misinformation and ongoing problems with my cable provider and I didn't want to take a chance with a computer repair person. The trust factor is important as well and I felt from the moment Mark walked in the door I could trust him. Integrity is as important as ability and when someone is working with your computer involving privacy and confidentiality, you need to be assured of confidentiality and competence. I appreciated that Mark came out himself and did the assessment and completed the job which is unlike many organizations. I didn't want a "franchise" and as stated not a retailer. It shows "ownership" and "commitment" and someone who stands by their work and not just a corporate person or behind a franchise Although I felt that he might have come on a little strong, it would appear that if I continued to "research" various options I would end up doing nothing. For that reason I appreciated Mark's "enthusiasm" and wouldn't be completing this review albeit as delayed as it is. Ordinarily I wouldn't just impulsively contract with a service, but after reading reviews from different sources and checking references before the appointment, I felt comfortable with my decision. I would recommend Mark at M & H GlobalTech Solutions and would be pleased to discuss personally.
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