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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 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.

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).

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.

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.

Reviews for Syracuse computer technicians
Nathan M.
Knows what he is doing and was able to clearly explain what he did to repair. Would definitely recommend hiring him. Will keep going back to him for all my computer problems.
Thumbtack Customer
Manny was an excellent computer expert and an exceptional teacher. He was able to quickly and efficiently repair what I was unable to utilize on my computer as well as my printer. The additional perk of working with Manny was that he would explain what the issues were without talking down to me nor over my head.....he helped me know more about the issues I am dealing with in transitioning from Apple to Samsung.
Thumbtack Customer
I was unable to access the internet via my laptop. Manny gave me a quote and then confirmed a time to be at my home to do repairs. He was very thorough, very professional. He did caution that there was a possibility he'd have to take the computer with him if he felt unable to get me online within a reasonable period of time. He worked quickly and most efficiently, getting the computer working properly in a sufficient amount of time. Good work. Satisfied. Appreciated.
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding service. Was having trouble with a macbook corrupted hard drive. Solutions-to-pc was able to repair it and save the data. I was informed every step of the way in terms of what was going on with the computer. Very professional and prompt service. Everything was explained to me. Would not hesitate to use this service again.
Thumbtack Customer
Manny was great in finding the solutions to my laptop issues. He offered fair prices for what I was looking for and he did an outstanding job in repairing my computer which now performs way better than expected. He also did not pressure into doing what he wanted. He provided suggestions and gave you the options to choose from. Overall, I am very satisfied with his service and I would go back for his assistance whenever I need computer assistance.
Thumbtack Customer
When I had problems with my Macbook Pro keyboard Manny responded almost immediately to my request for help. He kindly took my computer in on a sunday (which is rare for any repair shop) and had it returned to me in a few short days. He gave me plenty of feed back over the course of the repair and let me know exactly what he was doing. I can't express how happy I am to be typing this out on my keyboard, and that he fixed my laptops hinges at no extra cost. He'll definitely be getting my return business if anything else should happen.
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