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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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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 Portland computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
Computer cleaning and repair went greayt
This was a great experience...unlike those I've had in the past with computer repair. He picked up the computer on Saturday afternoon, and returned it on Sunday morning. Ron is very personable and helpful.
Thumbtack Customer
Ralph ordered and installed a new DC charging port. After, he found out the mother board on the Samsung NP700Z was cracked and the only solution was replacing it for a new one. Because of the cost we decided to wait for the repair. Ralph took the hard drive off the laptop and provided us with a free dock and cables to transfer the files into another computer. I will recommend Ralph Hammond from Redsky River Computer Technology Repair & service to repair desktops, laptops and TVs.
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Naomi D.
Ron did a great job fixing my laptop. He came to my office to pick it up and drop it off. I would use Ron again for computer repairs.
Guy S.
10 stars all the way! Not much to say other then Romain embodies what excellency is all about! Thank you for making my computer good as new! (Cracked screen repair & consultation)
Hyperion ComputerworksHyperion Computerworks
Thumbtack Customer
The only person in Portland for computer repairs! He responds instantly to requests, comes to your house, and if necessary will take your computer to work on and bring it back fast. He checks and cleans up any other problems he finds and leaves your machine in optimum condition. His fee is more than reasonable, and he is a totally honest and genuine person. Look no further!
Thumbtack Customer
Ron was very knowledgeable about the PC. His time spent here was so fast and efficient that he keep my at ease by joking around. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to someone else needing their computer repaired.
Angelica H.
After countless disappointing, trial and error experiences trying to fix my computer everywhere else. In the end all it took was one visit from PC-Triage. Ron did an great job and was easily able to solve the problem. He was very knowledgeable and was able relate what was wrong and what needed to happen to fix it in a very easy to understand way. Overall excellent service and now I know exactly who I need to call for any future computer repairs.
Thumbtack Customer
Ron responded to my request for computer help right away. I told him the details of the problem and he assured me he could fix the laptop. He met me soon after we spoke on the phone, in a location that was convenient. After taking a look at my laptop he said it could be fixed in 24 hours. Ron kept me informed of the progress of the repair and fixed it promptly. When he returned the laptop to me the price was the same that he quoted, there were not any additional costs. Ron was professional, friendly, down to earth, and a pleasure to work with. I will certainly call him again for future computer repairs and highly recommend his service. 5 stars all the way. Lisa H.
Jocelyn G.
Ron was awesome and was the only one in town that was able to replace my computer screen. He came to my house and picked up the screen and replaced it in a few hours and then brought it back to me repaired and looking new as ever! It was easy, quick, and so user friendly. I would use him again and again!
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Ralph and RedskyRiver Computer Technology Repair & Services was exemplary! From day one the process was exactly as discussed, communication was kept open, and the quoted cost never changed. My system-which has gaven other technicians a run for there money; did not stop this company from finishing the job, everything works perfect..they went above and beyond! Im totally happy and would definitely recommend their services!
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Thumbtack Customer
Ron was exceptional in his cuctomer service/ It took himonly minutes to zero in on our problem when The "experts" couldnt. Our business relies solely on our computers to help us keep trasck of our records. We have a retail business based on cash flow and keeping track is essential to our success. Ron came earlier than expected and then after he found the problem was humble enough to try and rfuse payment. We wouldnt have it and paid him. I recommend you talk with ron if you need help. His sensible approach is refreshing when everyone is trying to make computer repair haredr than it has to be. Thanx ron, well call you again the next sign of trouble.
Elizabeth B.
I think we’ve all had that heart-stopping moment where suddenly your screen goes blank and you pray to whatever tech gods there are to fix it. Ron is one of those tech gods. My laptop was having some hardware issues, and he responded within an hour to my SOS on Thumbtack. He drove out to my house and took a preliminary look at my computer (in proper PPE I might add) and then took it with him to properly diagnose. I received a call within a couple hours as to what Ron believed the issue to be and that he thought the computer was worth saving. He didn’t promise the moon (there was a chance it would lose the touchscreen capability), but he was confident he could otherwise repair it. Fast forward 3 days and the laptop was hand-delivered to me at school, with the touchscreen intact and back to full functionality. It’s been over a week and so far everything has been back to normal with laptop. Thanks for the help and the dad jokes Ron!
Thumbtack Customer
Ron promptly returned my call - in fact he called while I was leaving him a message. He called his distributor and confirmed they had my screen in stock (I cracked my laptop screen) and picked up my laptop from my home shortly thereafter. This was on Monday (yesterday) and he thought he could have it done and returned to me by Wednesday. In fact, he delivered my repaired laptop TODAY (Tuesday). Great customer service. Could only be better if he took credit cards! I will definitely call him when I have other computer issues.
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