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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.

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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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.

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 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 Columbia Heights computer technicians
Jeffery R.
Wow! Best computer repair experience ever!!! Some kinda money saving computer repair guru. Definitely recommend!!!
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
Mayra F.
After struggling for days on my computer I decided to bring it to a repair man it was a breeze I dropped it off and before I knew it my computer was up and running I would definitely recommend if anyone is having problems with their computer. Very profesional and kind
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
Kathleen H.
The last time I had to take my computer in for repairs that computer company kept my computer for over a week. This time it was experiencing pretty much the same symptoms but Bobby took less than five hours to fix the problem and remove viruses. It was worth every penny to me!
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
Cynthia N.
Bobby was very quick to respond when I first reached out for my computer repair and remained responsive throughout the process. The repair was done timely and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend working with Bobby!
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
Thumbtack Customer
Joao repaired my computer after the Microsoft update managed to screw it up. Very professional, very affordable and I'm recommending him to my associates.
BIOS IT Services LLCBIOS IT Services LLC
Allison B.
Michael was responsive and helped fix the virus that took hold of my father's desktop computer. He was excellent at communicating the timeline for the repair. Very service oriented!
Pure Tech Solutions LLCPure Tech Solutions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Joao was very easy to work with on my computer issues. He was able to analyze the problem and make the necessary repairs without having to take my computer out of my home which was important to me. I've already made plans to use his help again in the very near future.
BIOS IT Services LLCBIOS IT Services LLC
David K.
Bobby was very timely in responding to my initial contact as well as subsequent interactions. Upon receiving my computer, he accurately diagnosed the problem/issue and clearly related what corrective action was required. He “listened” to my questions/ concerns and responded with clear and strait forward answers. My computer was repaired within 24 hours of contacting Bobby. He definitely is on my go to list with any future computer problems.
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
Thumbtack Customer
Joao diagnosed and solved a problem I had with my laptop that wasn't pulling power from the wall after it had fallen. Very fast and professional. He is in my network for future computer repairs.
BIOS IT Services LLCBIOS IT Services LLC
Brian L.
I was having a bunch of problems with my mac. I dropped it off in the morning and within a couple of hours he had it all fixed at a very reasonable price. I would definitely recommend Bobby Buckner's Computer Repair.
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
Thumbtack Customer
A recent Norton update was giving me a lot of issues over a few days and then sent me into a panic when it suddenly said free disk space went from 160 GB to 0. First time using Thumbtack, Joao quickly responded to my post and showed up that night to pick up my computer for repair. He kept me in the loop on what was going on throughout the following day via text messages. He found a real and permanent solution to my problem and I now have a happy and healthy computer again! Joao's service is fast, thorough and affordable. He truly understands computers and cares about making sure all of his customer's problems are resolved. I definitely recommend having Joao work on anyone's computer, and I plan to go to him with any issues I may have in the future.
BIOS IT Services LLCBIOS IT Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I found Gregg on Thumbtack and was 100% happy with his services. I live in California, and my college student daughter was on spring break in Minneapolis when she broke her laptop screen. Gregg was accommodating and flexible in regard to options for meeting up with her so she could hand off the computer for repair. When the screen shipment was delayed by the courier and the computer couldn't be fixed before my daughter had to return to Montana, Gregg shipped her computer back to her for free. While waiting for the screen to come in, he took the time to clean up a few items that needed attention on her computer. Gregg made sure my daughter was very well taken care of, while letting her handle all the details of the transaction, but keeping me in the loop and giving me status updates. I was very thankful that we found Gregg and would highly recommend him!
G3 Technology LLCG3 Technology LLC
Paul N.
Bobby was able to quickly resolve my problem of my monitor not displaying by resetting my battery. And in the process alerted me to an issue about my battery that had become bloated. (Now I know why it wasn't keeping a charge!) He was able to replace the battery for me and had my computer back to me in two days. Pricing was very reasonable. I would have ordered a new monitor if I had tried to repair this myself. Thank you Bobby. I would highly recommend.
Bobby Buckner Computer RepairBobby Buckner Computer Repair
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