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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 Park Ridge computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
He did the repair in timely manner at a fair price. I' lol be going back with another computer to fix.
Striker TechnologiesStriker Technologies
Thumbtack Customer
Michael is a wonderful computer technician. He fixed my computer for me and on a Sunday no less! It was so convivent for me to meet with him as he was flexible about what time I would come by to drop it off. I work a lot and having the option of dropping it off on my only day off meant a lot to me and eliminated some of the stress I had about being able to drop it off during the week when I'm pressed for time as well. Michael is very prompt, professional, honest, and communicates clearly and explains things to me without me feeling like an idiot because I'm not a computer guru. He fixed my graphics chip issue by reflowing it. He has a lot of state of the art equipment from what I could tell. My computer is up and running better than ever! If your looking for great, prompt, friendly service, by a professional that stands behind his work as he has eleven years experience, will provide references from former and current clients as requested, and is A+ certified look no further! I would recommend him for any job and am going to have him fix my son's ps3 soon too! He does gaming repairs too. Makes it so easy for someone on a tight schedule to be able to do one stop for all repairs! Thanks Michael!! I will be in touch soon!!
Striker TechnologiesStriker Technologies
Thumbtack Customer
I had a broken hinge on my Dell Laptop preventing it from opening and closing. I considered buying a new laptop because they are so cheap these days, instead of finding a repair person, but randomly stumbled upon Thumbtack and through this service, Michael from Striker Tech promptly replied that same hour. Michael repaired this laptop very quickly despite holiday delays with shipping parts, etc. He updated me every step of the way( i.e. parts ordered, parts received, parts working, testing) and I was incredibly satisfied by his professionalism, and passion for what he does. I say passion because he took the time to explain preventive maintenance such as battery replacement, proper methods to purchase the battery, along with running a tune up to eliminate malware and viruses affecting computer speed. I will refer Michael to my friends, co-workers and clients as the laptop looks and feels the same way the day I bought it. Thank you Michael!
Striker TechnologiesStriker Technologies
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