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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.

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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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 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.

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 Centerville computer technicians
Betty T.
I was in a panic state and needed computer repair ASAP. I input 'computer repair' in my search engine and Harry Stein's name popped up - all 5 stars and well over 200 reviews - that's what I look for, so I emailed him. He called first thing the next morning at the time he stated in the return email. I found out my computer would be repaired remotely. He is extremely thorough going through the computer and finding good things and bad ones; he teaches while repairing the computer - WOW! No one has ever taken time to teach me anything about how a computer works in the background - I am SO grateful! Normally, I drop my computer off and get it back within 4-5 days and have no idea if they did anything or not; I have to rely on their word. I could actually see what Harry was doing, along with him explaining everything and I could take notes too. He also has a sense of humor, which is a great trait. My sense of security on the computer was a 1 out of 10. I was stunned when he showed me how easy my computer could be hacked. I learned more from Harry about security than I have in the decades I've been working on computers. What he has taught me is invaluable. The value of his work with my computer is worth far more than he charges; in this case you get way more than what you pay for. I definitely trust him with my computer and will certainly call on him again - I know I will mess something up with my fast-flying-fingers. Thank you for your time and knowledge, Harry!
Stein SolutionsStein Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Tyler was on time and very professional. He helped me out with more then just my problem at hand. I will use him for all my computer repair needs.
Thumbtack Customer
Mr Lang Ford was very honest with us and was very prompt in working on our computer. I highly recommend him and will be using him for any future repair needs we have.
Apex Floor CoatingsApex Floor Coatings
Marc M.
Need a new logic board in my MacBook Pro. These guys had the part ordered and relaxed it with a matter of days (and for less money than the Apple Store). If you need repairs on your computer....go see these people.
DNA Computers and Printing LLCDNA Computers and Printing LLC
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