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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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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 Upper East Side computer technicians
Marina R.
I highly recommend Leonel, he is smart, professional, trustworthy and nice. Leonel was able to find the best solution for my computer problem. From now on I know who to call with any future computer repairs.
Leonel HidalgoLeonel Hidalgo
Edward K.
Called him that day and he answered and scheduled me the same day at my residence. Great choice for computer repair
Ultimate Computer LLCUltimate Computer LLC
Leonardo S.
Besnik from Novaj Tech is an awesome person to have any and all of your computer issues resolved! He was professional, efficient and his fee for what he did for me was very reasonable! Take my word folks, Novaj Tech is the computer repair service you'll ever need!
Novaj Tech, LLCNovaj Tech, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Leonel was very professional. He took me through the cost and the process in depth and he delivered just as he had promised. I will be using him for all my computer repairs going forward.
Leonel HidalgoLeonel Hidalgo
Chris S.
Stephan was able to solve a very complex and confusing set of problems that had crippled my computer because of outside meddling with it by an online "repair" company. He worked his way through each issue, expertly and patiently. He is a real treasure! I feel so glad to have found someone so brilliant (and personable) to be able to call upon in the future for any of my computer needs.
MorTechUSA Remote Tech Support OnlyMorTechUSA Remote Tech Support Only
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience! I had an issue with my laptop being unable to charge. Wilton was my technician, and he went out of his way to explain what was going on, and did an amazing job. My computer works perfectly again, and I would recommend him to anyone that needs repairs. Thank you!
GnG IT SpecialistGnG IT Specialist
Aglaia D.
Unprofessional. Stephen promised repair of the machine within hours; then updated it to a "day." Later, he advised we not repair it because it would be costly. I approved repair at a given price, and he promised return of the machine within a day or two. He eventually provided an update and said it would be delayed. He repeatedly promised it would be returned but did not return it. He did not contact my fiancee to deliver the computer, despite having his number. 5 days expired. I called and he told me he was busy and would call right back. He never did. Later, he claimed that he had lost his phone but the machine would be returned. Another day passed; he did not return it. The next day, I left a message and told him the machine must be returned. He called back, enraged, to say no one had ever spoken to him that way and he would not tolerate being spoken to that way. He claimed that he called my fiancee's phone repeatedly to schedule drop-off. When my fiancee got a hold of him, he suddenly (8 days after possession of the machine) claimed that the machine could not be repaired and had to go to the manufacturer. He promised to return it between 6-7pm that night. My fiancee waited in vain. Stephen then mailed thru Thumbtack to claim that he was never leaving the house on a Sunday to deliver. AVOID this individual.
MorTechUSA Remote Tech Support OnlyMorTechUSA Remote Tech Support Only
Paulette G.
EXCELLENT in every category! IT Specialist Joseph Tricarico successfully resolved the issue of my incredibly old (2000!) MAC G4 Desktop computer not synching with my 2019 NEC PC Monitor in less than 1/2 an hour and they are now working perfectly together which is nothing short of amazing as far as I'm concerned! After that, he got my 10 year old external drive to work with that MAC and then, before leaving, took a look at my Dell Laptop and got the WiFi working on it again! Ultimate IS the ultimate! Joseph Tricario offers top-notch service at a reasonable price and from hereon in he is the only Pro I will go to for MAC and PC Repairs and the resolution of tech issues large and small.
Ultimate Computer LLCUltimate Computer LLC
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