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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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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 University City computer technicians
Fangjie H.
Excellent experience! My computer can't start. I think that is CPU problem. After free checking, they told me there are Power supply and CPU problems. They gave my computer professional check and gave me very good suggestions. Finally, I got my computer repaired. It became much better. Thank you, Tim.Thanks for all you guys.
Solve Your System, Inc.Solve Your System, Inc.
Stephen C.
Great job servicing my computer, then I ended up buying a new laptop at their shop after I accidentally dropped my old computer and damaged it beyond repairs. Doh! Compassionate and detailed service and communication. Reasonable prices. They know as much about computers as the Wookie knows about fixing the Millennium Falcon. Which is a huge amount. Cooler than the other side of the pillow. Highly recommended.
Solve Your System, Inc.Solve Your System, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Solve Your System replaced my Hard Drive in a 2010 iMac with a Solid State Drive that I brought to them. Joe handled my service and repairs. He was great to work with and very responsive. My computer was fixed and returned to me quickly and running better than ever. I should also mention that aside from my needs, the store is very clean and professional. I could see staff working on other computers in the back and it seemed very efficient and organized. I would highly recommend this professional group for any of your computer repair needs. Thanks Joe!
Solve Your System, Inc.Solve Your System, Inc.
Jemlok F.
Tom was the best choice for the intensive repair on my gaming desktop. He was able to analyze and make note of what needed to be done. He also relayed that information to me, the customer, and explain each part so I could better understand the issues. Tom saved me 30 days of not having a computer if I sent it to my local electronics shop. Punctuality, professionalism, and customer care are only some if his strong suits. Never taking my computer issues elsewhere. Thanks again for bringing Christmas early!
ER ComputingER Computing
Thumbtack Customer
Tom did an excellent job repairing my computer. It was full of malicious viruses and malware and he not only removed them all but he also cleaned out and cleaned up my hard drive, installed ask of my missing updates for various programs, and most importantly changes out my web browsers so there were no more phony ones on there. He also changed up the outside and made it look shiny and new again. I think this is the cleanest my computer has ever been, both inside and outside since I bought it brand new. He also gave me some great tips about how to protect my computer in the future. I would highly recommended him he is very nice and very professional. He made everything very easy to understand and got me all cleaned up in a timely manner. I hope I don't have any computer problems in the future but if I do I will definitely be calling Tom again.
ER ComputingER Computing
Thumbtack Customer
Service was great. Staff was friendly, efficient, and I could tell they honestly just wanted to help out. Great selection of used gear that ended up saving me a lot of money on my repairs. Definitely coming back for any future computer issues. They even let me throw on some music as I waited. Cool people, excellent service.
Solve Your System, Inc.Solve Your System, Inc.
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