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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 Ashburn computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, excellent work , reasonable prices and I would absolutely recommend using them for your computer repairs.
NRL EnterprisesNRL Enterprises
Wallace H.
Zack was a tremendous help in resolving my computer concerns and gave great technical advice on questions that we had. Zach calmly reassured us that the computer issues were repairable and provided the knowledge that will allow me to maintain my PC. Thanks Zach for your support. Tina and Wallce Hicks
TechProsTechPros
Ronnie D.
Stein Solutions was amazing in repairing my laptop. Harry has a passion in serving and helping others. He devoted so much time and knowledge to my situation. I am extremely grateful that he cared enough not just to repair the situation but to educate me and explain things to me in detail. I highly recommend Harry for any of your computer repair issues. He is a very well knowledgeable man in his field.
Stein SolutionsStein Solutions
Ronny L.
I was in need of an update to my 2015 MacBook Air. Justin reached out to me and agreed to a time. He drove over an hour one way and back - each time. He quickly assessed my issue and explained the problem, solution and cost to repair quickly and clearly. He made three trips to me and ultimately completed my repair with the utmost professionalism and at a very reasonable cost. I HIGHLY suggest to anyone considering a computer repair, hire Justin. Thank you Justin!!!
Mathew IT ServicesMathew IT Services
Alexandria N.
Initially, I had a good experience. However, after several weeks the computer part that Ryan installed stopped working. He replaced and now the second part has stopped working. In addition, he took my child's iPad and after 3 months has not repaired it. At this point, he has stolen my property and I have no expectation of getting it back. DO NOT USE HIM!
Pombo Computer RepairPombo Computer Repair
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